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HTTP Server

You can write and extend your own multi-platform http server with the lasote/httpserver block.

How does it work?

It allows you to implement just a subclass of httpserver::HttpMiddleware to attend browsers or other http client requests.

A method call from your subclass object will be called with a Request* object and a Response* object.

Just modify the body and/or headers of Response object in your method and the server will do all the work.

How can I use it?

  • Just copy the files contained in the following section to a new block.
  • Find the dependencies and execute your code:
$ bii find
$ cd bin
    $ #run server executable
  • Open your web browser and go to http://localhost:9000

The code

These are the files you will need in your block to have your HTTP Server up and running:


This file just instanciates the server and runs it with simple configuration parameters.

.. literalinclude:: /_static/code/cpp/examples/httpserver/main_server.cpp
   :language: cpp


Defines your HttpMiddleware subclass.

.. literalinclude:: /_static/code/cpp/examples/httpserver/my_http_middle_ware.h
   :language: cpp


Implements HttpMiddleware subclass. You should implement the call method, reading the header variables from the request, and modifying the response to return the output.
.. literalinclude:: /_static/code/cpp/examples/httpserver/my_http_middle_ware.cpp
   :language: cpp

Download: :download:` </_static/code/cpp/examples/httpserver/>`

Supported Operating Systems

The previous code has been tested on:

  • Linux with GCC
  • Windows with Mingw
  • Windows with Visual Studio
  • MacOS with Clang

More information

You can find more information in the readme.txt file of lasote/httpserver

List of dependencies

  • melikyan/ptypes: PTypes (C++ Portable Types Library) is a simple alternative to the STL that includes multithreading and networking. It defines dynamic strings, variants, character sets, lists and other basic data types along with portable thread and synchronization objects, IP sockets and named pipes. Its main 'target audience' is developers of complex network daemons, robots or non-visual client/server applications of any kind.
  • lasote/genericipserver: Generic and extensible IP server.
  • lasote/thread_jobs: Execute your tasks in threads managed by a pool.