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One command line web server on port 80 using nc (netcat)

Terminal - One command line web server on port 80 using nc (netcat)
nc -kl 5432 -c 'echo -e "HTTP/1.1 200 OK\r\n$(date)\r\n\r\n";echo "<p>How are you today?</p>"'
2013-11-12 14:00:11
User: gvitalie
Functions: echo
One command line web server on port 80 using nc (netcat)

-k, --keep-open will keep connection alive, and we could exclude using 'while true'

nc is such a powerful command, it could be used instead of any OS! :p


There is 1 alternative - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
while true ; do nc -l 80 < index.html ; done
2011-08-31 15:17:33
User: ztank1013
Functions: true

Very simple web server listening on port 80 will serve index.html file or whatever file you like pointing your browser at http://your-IP-address/index.html for example.

If your web server is down for maintenance and you'd like to inform your visitors about it, quickly and easily, you just have to put into the index.html file the right HTML code and you are done! Of course you need to be root to run the command using port 80.

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nc -kl 5432 -c 'echo -e "HTTP/1.1 200 OK\r\n$(date)\r\n\r\n";echo "How are you today?"'


it's not working on my mac

Comment by junjiemars 29 weeks and 3 days ago

I don't have the '-c' parameter available, which Netcat version are you using?.

Comment by hablutzel1 6 weeks and 2 days ago

Your point of view

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