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    http-serve: a command-line http server

    This is an extended version of http-server strengthened with a support of gzip compression and a fallback option for nonexistent routes (please see 'Available Options' section bellow for details). Together with https support, it make the server ideal for front-end testing purposes.

    http-serve itself is a simple, zero-configuration command-line http server. It is powerful enough for production usage, but it's simple and hackable enough to be used for testing, local development, and learning.


    Installation globally via npm:

     npm i -g http-serve

    This will install http-serve globally so that it may be run from the command line.

    Or it can be installed locally, for a project:

     npm i -D http-serve


     http-serve [path] [options]

    [path] defaults to ./public if the folder exists, and ./ otherwise.


    Starting http-serve locally

     node bin/http-serve

    Now you can visit http://localhost:8080 to view your server

    Available Options:

    -p Port to use (defaults to 8080)

    -a Address to use (defaults to

    -d Show directory listings (defaults to 'True')

    -i Display autoIndex (defaults to 'True')

    -g or --gzip When enabled (defaults to 'False') it will serve ./public/some-file.js.gz in place of ./public/some-file.js when a gzipped version of the file exists and the request accepts gzip encoding.

    -e or --ext Default file extension if none supplied (defaults to 'html')

    -s or --silent Suppress log messages from output

    --cors Enable CORS via the Access-Control-Allow-Origin header

    -o Open browser window after starting the server

    -c Set cache time (in seconds) for cache-control max-age header, e.g. -c10 for 10 seconds (defaults to '3600'). To disable caching, use -c-1.

    -U or --utc Use UTC time format in log messages.

    -P or --proxy Proxies all requests which can't be resolved locally to the given url. e.g.: -P

    -S or --ssl Enable https.

    -C or --cert Path to ssl cert file (default: cert.pem).

    -K or --key Path to ssl key file (default: key.pem).

    -r or --robots Provide a /robots.txt (whose content defaults to 'User-agent: *\nDisallow: /') -f or --fallback Provide a fallback url if response returns 404 - useful for SPA frameworks

    -h or --help Print this list and exit.


    http-serve ./dist --gzip -p /

    It will run the http server for ./dist content dirctory, with gzip commpression suport. All of the nonexistent routes will be redirected to the host's root - /.


    npm i http-serve

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