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0.10.0 Oct 2, 2020
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miniserve - a CLI tool to serve files and dirs over HTTP

miniserve - a CLI tool to serve files and dirs over HTTP

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For when you really just want to serve some files over HTTP right now!

miniserve is a small, self-contained cross-platform CLI tool that allows you to just grab the binary and serve some file(s) via HTTP. Sometimes this is just a more practical and quick way than doing things properly.



How to use

Serve a directory:

miniserve linux-distro-collection/

Serve a single file:

miniserve linux-distro.iso

Require username/password:

miniserve --auth joe:123 unreleased-linux-distros/

Generate random 6-hexdigit URL:

miniserve -i --random-route /tmp
# Serving path /private/tmp at

Bind to multiple interfaces:

miniserve -i -i -i ::1 /tmp/myshare


  • Easy to use
  • Just works: Correct MIME types handling out of the box
  • Single binary drop-in with no extra dependencies required
  • Authentication support with username and password (and hashed password)
  • Mega fast and highly parallel (thanks to Rust and Actix)
  • Folder download (compressed on the fly as .tar.gz or .zip)
  • File uploading
  • Pretty themes
  • Scan QR code for quick access


miniserve 0.10.0
Sven-Hendrik Haase <svenstaro@gmail.com>, Boastful Squirrel <boastful.squirrel@gmail.com>
For when you really just want to serve some files over HTTP right now!

    miniserve [FLAGS] [OPTIONS] [--] [PATH]

    -r, --enable-tar
            Enable tar archive generation

    -z, --enable-zip
            Enable zip archive generation

            WARNING: Zipping large directories can result in out-of-memory exception because zip generation is done in
            memory and cannot be sent on the fly
    -u, --upload-files
            Enable file uploading

    -h, --help
            Prints help information

    -P, --no-symlinks
            Do not follow symbolic links

    -o, --overwrite-files
            Enable overriding existing files during file upload

    -q, --qrcode
            Enable QR code display

            Generate a random 6-hexdigit route

    -V, --version
            Prints version information

    -v, --verbose
            Be verbose, includes emitting access logs

    -a, --auth <auth>...
            Set authentication. Currently supported formats: username:password, username:sha256:hash,
            username:sha512:hash (e.g. joe:123,
    -c, --color-scheme <color-scheme>
            Default color scheme [default: squirrel]  [possible values: squirrel, archlinux, zenburn, monokai]

    -d, --color-scheme-dark <color-scheme-dark>
            Default color scheme [default: archlinux]  [possible values: squirrel, archlinux, zenburn, monokai]

        --index <index_file>
            The name of a directory index file to serve, like "index.html"

            Normally, when miniserve serves a directory, it creates a listing for that directory. However, if a
            directory contains this file, miniserve will serve that file instead.
    -i, --interfaces <interfaces>...
            Interface to listen on

    -p, --port <port>
            Port to use [default: 8080]

    -t, --title <title>
            Shown instead of host in page title and heading

            Which path to serve

How to install

Packaging status

On Linux: Download miniserve-linux from the releases page and run

chmod +x miniserve-linux

On OSX: Download miniserve-osx from the releases page and run

chmod +x miniserve-osx

Alternatively install with Homebrew.

brew install miniserve

On Windows: Download miniserve-win.exe from the releases page and run


With Cargo: You will need the nightly version of Rust to compile the project. Then you can run

cargo install miniserve

With Docker: If you prefer using Docker for this, run

docker run -v /tmp:/tmp -p 8080:8080 --rm -it svenstaro/miniserve /tmp

Binding behavior

For convenience reasons, miniserve will try to bind on all interfaces by default (if no -i is provided). It will also do that if explicitly provided with -i or -i ::. In all of the aforementioned cases, it will bind on both IPv4 and IPv6. If provided with an explicit non-default interface, it will ONLY bind to that interface. You can provide -i multiple times to bind to multiple interfaces at the same time.

Why use this over alternatives?

  • darkhttpd: Not easily available on Windows and it's not as easy as download and go.
  • Python built-in webserver: Need to have Python installed, it's low performance, and also doesn't do correct MIME type handling in some cases.
  • netcat: Not as convenient to use and sending directories is somewhat involved.


This is mostly a note for me on how to release this thing:

  • Make sure CHANGELOG.md is up to date.
  • cargo release --dry-run <version>
  • cargo release <version>
  • Releases will automatically be deployed by Github Actions.
  • Docker images will automatically be built by Docker Hub.
  • Update AUR package.


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