Ruby: Simple HttpServer

29 Jun 2014

Most time to run my experiments on JavaScript, I was always in need of some simple way to serve html files and assets from a directory. Since I am a Rubyist, the easiest way to use ruby for it. So here is the simple command which will serve your files from your current directory using the port 5000.

It uses WEBrick HTTP server.

ruby -run -e httpd . -p 5000

Here is the explanintion for it. Here you can see -run but it actually we are using -r option, like -r un.

The -r<library> option will require the library before executing your script. When we say -run it will load un.rb in the ruby path. un.rb comes along with ruby installation.

The -e <command> option will run the one line script. Here the un.rb have a method called httpd since we already loaded un.rb with -r option we can execute the httpd method using -e option.

After the command, the . indicates the current directory and -p to specify the port.

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