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Quick & dirty static HTTP2 server


npm i serveit2 -g


  $ serveit2 [port]
  -g, --gzip Turn on gzipping
  -q, --quiet Turn off logger output
  -x, --no-conf Do not parse config file (ignore .serveit2 config file in the root public dir)
  -r, --root Server root directory (defaults to `cwd`)
  $ serveit2
  $ serveit2 7000 -g -r=/User/something/somewhere

Default port is: 5000


var serveit2 = require('serveit2');
var options = {
  port: 7000, // Default 5000
  root: '/User/something/whatever', // Default .
  push: {'index.html': ['js/app.js', 'css/styles.css']}, // Default {}
  quiet: true, // Default false
  gzip: true, // Default false
var server = serveit2(options, function (port) {
  console.log('Server runs on port', port);
// close the server after 60 seconds
setTimeout(function () {
}, 60 * 1000);

Server push

SPDY & HTTP2 support a mechanism to push assets to the client, before the client requested them. You can find out more about server push here

To enable server push you can add a config file named .serveit2 to the directory, your invoking your server from (eg. the current working directory).

A basic config for server push could look like this:

  "push": {
    "index.html": ["js/app.js", "css/style.css"]

Given that config file, the files js/app.js & css/style.css would be delivered to the client immediatly when the index.html is requested. Depending on their size, they could even finish downloading faster then the actual reuqested file.

Compare the logger output with push used:

PUSH /js/app.js - 20
PUSH /css/screen.css - 25
GET /index.html 200 12.335 ms - 678
GET /css/screen.css 304 1.960 ms - -
GET /js/app.js 304 1.466 ms - -

and without push being used:

GET /index.html 200 12.335 ms - 678
GET /css/screen.css 200 1.960 ms - 25
GET /js/app.js 200 1.466 ms - 20

Config file

The config file is not only a source where you can configure your push requests, everything than can be set programmatically or via the cmd can also be set via the config file

  "port": 7000,
  "root": "/User/something/whatever",
  "push": {"index.html": ["js/app.js", "css/styles.css"]},
  "quiet": true,
  "gzip": true