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A server that let you handle GET and POST HTTP requests with simplicity.

How to Install

npm install simplicity


var server = require("simplicity");

server.start_server(function (data, response)
    response.end("You requested " + data.uri);


// First, load Simplicity.
var server = require("simplicity");

This will create an object with two function: start_server() and htmlentities().

start_server([config,] callback)

config is an optional object describing how Simplicity should work.

    password:           (string)  The password used to authenticate the user
    port:               (number)  The port number to listen to                                          (default: 8888)
    post_limit          (number)  How many bytes to receive of POST data before dropping the connection (default: 2097152 (2mb))
    protect:            (boolean) Whether or not to require basic access authentication                 (default: FALSE)
    redirect:           (array)   An array of URLs to be intercepted and sent to the callback           (default: ["/"])
    redirect_on_errors: (boolean) Whether or not to send 404 errors to the callback                     (default: TRUE)
    root_path:          (string)  The www root directory                                                (default: current working directory)
    timeout:            (number)  How long to wait before dropping the connection if it hasn't finished (default: 60000 (1 min))
    username:           (string)  The authenticated user

callback(data, response) will be called by Simplicity when a request comes in (that is not for a static resource) and has two parameters: data and response.


    cookies:  Cookies sent in the request
    filename: The location on the server for the request
    get:      The GET data (as an object)
    headers:  The HTTP headers from the request
    post:     The POST data (as an object)
    uri:      The URI being requested


    end:        function ([data[, encoding]]) // Close the request (and optionally write a message)
    send_404:   function ()                   // Send a 404 error and close the request
    write:      function (data[, encoding])   // Write data back to the client
    write_head: function (code[, headers])    // Write HTTP headers back to the client


Encode a string so that it will display as text not HTML.

For example:

server.htmlentities("<script>"); // Returns: "&lt;script&gt;"