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Civetweb Install Guide

This guide covers the distributions for CivetWeb. The latest source code is available at


This pre-built version comes pre-built wit Lua support. Libraries for SSL support are not included due to licensing restrictions; however, users may add an SSL library themselves. Instructions for adding SSL support can be found in

  1. In case the Visual C++ Redistributable are not already installed: 32 Bit Version: Install the Redistributable for Visual Studio 2010 64 Bit Version: Install the Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015 Note: The required version of the Redistributables may vary, depending on the CivetWeb version.
  2. Download latest from SourceForge
  3. When started, Civetweb puts itself into the tray.


This pre-built version comes with Lua, IPV6 and SSL support.

  1. Download the latest Civetweb.dmg from SourceForge
  2. Click on the it and look for the attachment in the finder.
  3. Drag Civetweb to the Applications folder.
  4. When started, Civetweb puts itself into top menu.


  1. Download the latest civetweb.tar.gz from SourceForge or GitHub
  2. Open archive and change to the new directory.
  3. make help
  4. make
  5. make install
  6. Run the program /usr/local/bin/civetweb, it will use the configuration file /usr/local/etc/civetweb.conf.

Most Linux systems support auto completion of command line arguments. To enable bash auto completion for the civetweb stand-alone executable, set resources/complete.lua as complete command. See comments in that file for further instructions.