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0.9.3 • Public • Published

CorHttpd: embeded httpd for cordova

Supported platform:

  • iOS
  • Android

You can browse (locally or remotely) to access files in android/ios phone/pad:

  • browse the files in mobile device with a browser in PC.
  • copy files from mobile device to PC quickly, just with Wifi.
  • use cordova webview to access the assets/www/ content with http protocol.

Why http access is good?

  • Use wifi instead of cable, more convenient.
  • For security reason, browser does not support local AJAX calls. It's big bottle neck to deploy HTML5 games to Cordova platform.
  • The most popular phaser.js game engine, a httpd is always required, as it use AJAX to load resource.

How to use CorHttpd?

Add the plugin to your cordova project, from npm repository (faster):

    cordova plugin add cordova-plugin-httpd

Or, add plugin directly from GitHub repo:

    cordova plugin add

Quick start, copy the demo files, and just build to play.

cp -r plugins/com.rjfun.cordova.httpd/test/* www/

Javascript APIs

startServer( options, success_callback, error_callback );
stopServer( success_callback, error_callback );
getURL( success_callback, error_callback );
getLocalPath( success_callback, error_callback );

Example code: (read the comments)

    var httpd = null;
    function onDeviceReady() {
        httpd = ( cordova && cordova.plugins && cordova.plugins.CorHttpd ) ? cordova.plugins.CorHttpd : null;
    function updateStatus() {
     document.getElementById('location').innerHTML = "document.location.href: " + document.location.href;
     if( httpd ) {
       /* use this function to get status of httpd
       * if server is up, it will return http://<server's ip>:port/
       * if server is down, it will return empty string ""
     if(url.length > 0) {
     document.getElementById('url').innerHTML = "server is up: <a href='" + url + "' target='_blank'>" + url + "</a>";
     } else {
     document.getElementById('url').innerHTML = "server is down.";
     // call this function to retrieve the local path of the www root dir
     document.getElementById('localpath').innerHTML = "<br/>localPath: " + path;
     } else {
     alert('CorHttpd plugin not available/ready.');
    function startServer( wwwroot ) {
     if ( httpd ) {
         // before start, check whether its up or not
          if(url.length > 0) {
          document.getElementById('url').innerHTML = "server is up: <a href='" + url + "' target='_blank'>" + url + "</a>";
             } else {
                 /* wwwroot is the root dir of web server, it can be absolute or relative path
                 * if a relative path is given, it will be relative to cordova assets/www/ in APK.
                 * "", by default, it will point to cordova assets/www/, it's good to use 'htdocs' for 'www/htdocs'
                 * if a absolute path is given, it will access file system.
                 * "/", set the root dir as the www root, it maybe a security issue, but very powerful to browse all dir
               'www_root' : wwwroot,
               'port' : 8080,
               'localhost_only' : false
              }, function( url ){
                // if server is up, it will return the url of http://<server ip>:port/
                // the ip is the active network connection
                // if no wifi or no cell, "" will be returned.
              document.getElementById('url').innerHTML = "server is started: <a href='" + url + "' target='_blank'>" + url + "</a>";
              }, function( error ){
               document.getElementById('url').innerHTML = 'failed to start server: ' + error;
     } else {
     alert('CorHttpd plugin not available/ready.');
    function stopServer() {
     if ( httpd ) {
         // call this API to stop web server
          document.getElementById('url').innerHTML = 'server is stopped.';
         },function( error ){
          document.getElementById('url').innerHTML = 'failed to stop server' + error;
     } else {
     alert('CorHttpd plugin not available/ready.');


This Cordova plugin is built based on following 2 projects, and thanks to the authors.

  • NanoHTTPD, written in java, for java / android, by psh.
  • CocoaHTTPServer, written in Obj-C, for iOS / Mac OS X, by robbiehanson.

You can use this plugin for FREE. Feel free to fork, improve and send pull request.

If need prompt support, please buy a license, you will be supported with high priority.

More Cordova/PhoneGap plugins by Raymond Xie, find them in plugin registry.

Project outsourcing and consulting service is also available. Please contact us if you have the business needs.


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