miniserve - a self-contained CLI tool to serve files and dirs over HTTP
For when you really just want to serve some files over HTTP right now!
miniserve is a small, self-contained cross-platform CLI tool that allows you to just grab the binary and serve some file(s) via HTTP. Sometimes this is just a more practical and quick way than doing things properly.
How to use
Serve a directory:
Serve a single file:
miniserve --auth joe:123 unreleased-linux-distros/
- Easy to use
- Just works: Correct MIME types handling out of the box
- Single binary drop-in with no extra dependencies required
- Authentication support with username and password
- Mega fast and highly parallel (thanks to Rust and Actix)
How to install
On Linux: Download
miniserve-linux from the releases page and run
chmod +x miniserve-linux ./miniserve-linux
On OSX: Download
miniserve-osx from the releases page and run
chmod +x miniserve-osx ./miniserve-osx
On Windows: Download
miniserve-win.exe from the releases page and run
With Cargo: If you have a somewhat recent version of Rust and Cargo installed, you can run
cargo install miniserve miniserve
Why use this over alternatives?
- darkhttpd: Not easily available on Windows and it's not as easy as download and go.
- Python built-in webserver: Need to have Python installed, it's low performance, and also doesn't do correct MIME type handling in some cases.