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po Release of Cherokee 1.2.104
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cherokee.1 Updates manpages
cherokee.conf.sample.pre Changing /icons to /cherokee_icons (fix Google issue #1383)
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http-cherokee.xml.pre Changing the copyright messages to fit for 2014. Happy new year, ever…
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Cherokee Web Server

Web site

Visit our main website for the latest updates:

Compiling from source

Building from the repository

To build from the repository, you will require autoconf, automake, and libtool tools to be available, typically available on your distribution either by default or by running the following on Debian-based systems:

sudo apt-get install autoconf automake libtool

or, for Yum-based systems, such as RedHat, CentOS or Fedora:

sudo yum install autoconf automake libtool

or, for Pacman-based systems such as ArchLinux:

sudo pacman -Sy autoconf automake libtool

To check out the code from GitHub, do the following:

git clone

Once cloned, cd into the resulting source directory and run ./ to set up the environment and generate ./configure:

cd webserver
./ [options]
make install

./ will accept any optional parameters otherwise typically passed to ./configure; in doing so you can avoid needing to run ./configure separately.

Several examples of using ./ follow shortly in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section.

Building from a tar.gz file

After downloading (likely from and extracting, you should run ./configure, with options as appropriate. The standard options are documented in the INSTALL file. Typically, the most interesting options are:

  • the usual --prefix=/usr
  • --localstatedir=/var
  • --sysconfdir=/etc

After running ./configure, issues the make command, and then make install (excuting this last command as root if the destination permissions require that).

Tying this all together will result in commands like the following:

tar xf cherokee-latest-snapshot.tar.gz
cd cherokee-latest-snapshot
./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var
sudo make install

The exact options passed to ./configure can vary based upon your configuration.


Cherokee is released under GPL v2. Read the COPYING file for more information.

Mailing lists

There are several mailing lists available for Cherokee and they are listed at:

The main mailing list, where questions should be sent and general discussion takes place, is:

There are also a few technical mailing lists. Developers and package maintainers should subscribe to these mailing lists as well as the main mailing list:

The mailing lists' archives are available at:

Don't hesitate to subscribe and contribute to any of the mailing lists!

IRC channel

Communicate with the Cherokee community via IRC:, channel #cherokee

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Here is a list of the most frequently asked questions regarding compilation and similar topics:

How to compile it

./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var

How to create dynamic modules

Modules are created dynamically by default.

How to configure the module xyz to be linked statically

./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var --enable-static-module=xyz

How to build everyhing statically

./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var --enable-static-module=all

How to build a MacOS X binary package

./ --prefix=/usr/local --with-wwwroot=/Library/WebServer/Documents --with-wwwuser=www --with-wwwgroup=www --with-mysql=no --with-ffmpeg=no --with-ldap=no --enable-beta
make -j8


./ --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var --enable-static-module=all --enable-static --enable-shared=no --with-mysql=no --with-ffmpeg=no --with-ldap=no --enable-beta --enable-trace --enable-backtraces --enable-maintainer-mode
make V=1 CFLAGS="-ggdb3 -O0" -j8

How to create a self signed certificate for TLS

openssl req -days 1000 -new -x509 -nodes -out /etc/cherokee/ssl/cherokee.pem -keyout /etc/cherokee/ssl/cherokee.pem

How to create a release .tar.gz

git clone
cd webserver
make dist-gzip

The resulting file will be created in the current directory and will be a .tar.gz archive.

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