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Swift 5.0 Platforms macOS | Linux License Apache PerfectlySoft Twitter Slack Status

Perfect Empty Starter Project

This repository holds a blank Perfect project which can be cloned to serve as a starter for new work. It builds with Swift Package Manager and produces a stand-alone HTTP executable.

Compatibility with Swift

The master branch of this project currently compiles with Xcode 10 and the Swift 4.1 or higher toolchain on Ubuntu.

Building & Running

The following will clone and build an empty starter project and launch the server on port 8181.

git clone
cd PerfectTemplate
swift run

You should see the following output:

[INFO] Starting HTTP server localhost on

This means the server is running and waiting for connections. Access http://localhost:8181/ to see the greeting. Hit control-c to terminate the server.

Starter Content

The template file contains a simple "hello, world!" request handler and shows how to serve static files, and compress outgoing content.

import PerfectHTTP
import PerfectHTTPServer

// An example request handler.
// This 'handler' function can be referenced directly in the configuration below.
func handler(request: HTTPRequest, response: HTTPResponse) {
	// Respond with a simple message.
	response.setHeader(.contentType, value: "text/html")
	response.appendBody(string: "<html><title>Hello, world!</title><body>Hello, world!</body></html>")
	// Ensure that response.completed() is called when your processing is done.

// Configure one server which:
//	* Serves the hello world message at <host>:<port>/
//	* Serves static files out of the "./webroot"
//		directory (which must be located in the current working directory).
//	* Performs content compression on outgoing data when appropriate.
var routes = Routes()
routes.add(method: .get, uri: "/", handler: handler)
routes.add(method: .get, uri: "/**",
		   handler: StaticFileHandler(documentRoot: "./webroot", allowResponseFilters: true).handleRequest)
try HTTPServer.launch(name: "localhost",
					  port: 8181,
					  routes: routes,
					  responseFilters: [
						(PerfectHTTPServer.HTTPFilter.contentCompression(data: [:]), HTTPFilterPriority.high)])

Further Information

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