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Node static server

A simple http server to serve static resource files from a local directory.

Getting started

  • Install node.js
  • Install npm package globally npm -g install static-server
  • Go to the folder you want to serve
  • Run the server static-server


-h, --help                 output usage information
-V, --version              output the version number
-p, --port <n>             the port to listen to for incoming HTTP connections
-i, --index <filename>     the default index file if not specified
-f, --follow-symlink       follow links, otherwise fail with file not found
-d, --debug                enable to show error messages
-n, --not-found <filename> the error 404 file
-c, --cors <pattern>       Cross Origin Pattern. Use "*" to allow all origins
-z, --no-cache           disable cache (http 304) responses.
-o, --open                 open server in the local browser

Using as a node module

The server may be used as a dependency HTTP server.


var StaticServer = require('static-server');
var server = new StaticServer({
  rootPath: '.',            // required, the root of the server file tree
  port: 1337,               // required, the port to listen
  name: 'my-http-server',   // optional, will set "X-Powered-by" HTTP header
  host: '',       // optional, defaults to any interface
  cors: '*',                // optional, defaults to undefined
  followSymlink: true,      // optional, defaults to a 404 error
  templates: {
    index: 'foo.html',      // optional, defaults to 'index.html'
    notFound: '404.html'    // optional, defaults to undefined

server.start(function () {
  console.log('Server listening to', server.port);

server.on('request', function (req, res) {
  // req.path is the URL resource (file name) from server.rootPath
  // req.elapsedTime returns a string of the request's elapsed time

server.on('symbolicLink', function (link, file) {
  // link is the source of the reference
  // file is the link reference
  console.log('File', link, 'is a link to', file);

server.on('response', function (req, res, err, file, stat) {
  // res.status is the response status sent to the client
  // res.headers are the headers sent
  // err is any error message thrown
  // file the file being served (may be null)
  // stat the stat of the file being served (is null if file is null)

  // NOTE: the response has already been sent at this point


  • Can I use this project in production environments? Obviously not.
  • Can this server run php, ruby, python or any other cgi script? No.
  • Is this server ready to receive thousands of requests? Preferably not.


An special thank you to all contributors who allow this project to continue to evolve.


The MIT License (MIT)

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