The polite development server
- serves as plain or pre-processed on-the-fly: less, stylus, markdown, slim
- multiple and aliased server roots
- path based proxy (useful to proxy to api server, or assets from live site)
- request logging (customizable, uses morgan)
- execute shell command on request
- save cache of requested files (useful for pre-processed output)
- literate style js, slim, stylus, etc... even md :-) all à la litrate coffee script (via npm/illiterate)
$ npm install -g sir
Usage: sir [options] <dir> Options: -h, --help output usage information -V, --version output the version number -p, --port <port> specify the port  -h, --hidden enable hidden file serving --backup <backup-folder> store copy of each served file in `backup` folder --no-livereload disable livereload watching served directory (add `lr` to querystring of requested resource to inject client script) --no-logs disable request logging -f, --format <fmt> specify the log format string (npmjs.com/package/morgan) --minify minify code before serving --compress gzip or deflate the response --exec <cmd> execute command on each request --no-cors disable cross origin access serving --babel pass all js through babel to convert to more js :)
Assuming server runnung with something like...
Requesting a file:
$ curl http://localhost:8080/Readme.md # Sir ## The polite development server ...
Requesting a preprocessed version of a file:
Make the same request as if the file had already been compiled, and was being served, and it will be processed on-the-fly...
$ curl http://localhost:8080/Readme.html <h1 id="sir">Sir</h1> <h2 id="the-polite-development-server">The polite development server</h2> ...
This also works for stylus, less, etc...
Requesting the directory listing:
format parameter to querystring, or add an
Accept paramater header. Valid types are
$ curl http://localhost:8080/?format=json ... or ... $ curl http://localhost:8080/ -H "Accept: application/json" [ "bin", "History.md", "node_modules" ... ]
Ar for plain text list
$ curl http://localhost:8080/?format=text ... or ... $ curl http://localhost:8080/ -H "Accept: text/plain" bin History.md node_modules ...
By default, livereload is enabled on the same port as the main server. This should work with the browser's livereload plugin, or adding the
/livereload.js?snipver=1 script to your html (which is served up by the sir). For convenience, adding
lr to the querystring will inject
<script src="/livereload.js?snipver=1"></script> into your served file.
... without livereload ...
$ curl http://localhost:8080/Readme.html <h1 id="sir">Sir</h1> <h2 id="the-polite-development-server">The polite development server</h2>
... with livereload ...
$ curl http://localhost:8080/Readme.html?lr <script src="/livereload.js?snipver=1"></script> <h1 id="sir">Sir</h1> <h2 id="the-polite-development-server">The polite development server</h2>
If you don't want the livereload feature enabled at all, then there is a
You can serve up from multiple locations, for example:
$ sir . vendor:~/lib/vendor
This will serve from the current directory, except requests for
/vendor/myfile.txt will be served from
You can also layer multiple sources into one directory...
$ sir . vendor:~/lib/vendor:~/other/vendor
This will serve current directory, except paths starting
/vendor/ which will try to serve from
~/lib/vendor and if the file is not found there, will be served from
~/other/vendor, ultimately returning 404 if file is not found.
You can proxy requests based on url, for example...
$ sir . github:https://api.github.com/repos/billymoon/sir
This will serve current directory, except for paths starting
/github/ which will be proxied to
https://api.github.com/repos/billymoon/sir so that accessing...
... will proxy through the response from ...
You can also set the user agent used by proxied requests, for example if you need to request mobile version of site...
sir -a "Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 11_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/604.3.1 KHTML, like Gecko) Version/11.0 Mobile/15B5066f Safari/604.1" /:https://stackoverflow.com/
... will proxy the response from stackoverflow presenting itself as an iPhone.
Useful for saving processed version of source files, for example, if you have
style.less and want to save the html and css, add a
--cache backup flag, and then visit
http://localhost:8080/index.html in your browser. There should be a
index.html and a
style.css in the backup folder.
Add gzip compression to served assets with the
(The MIT License)
Copyright (c) 2013 Billy Moon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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