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    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 https://github.com/floatinghotpot/cordova-httpd.git

    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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