Very simple implementation of HTTP 1.1 (both client and server)

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OxHTTP is a simple and naive synchronous implementation of HTTP 1.1 in Rust. It provides both a client and a server. It does not aim to be a fully-working-in-all-cases HTTP implementation but to be only a naive one to be use in simple usecases.


OxHTTP provides a client. It aims at following the basic concepts of the Web Fetch standard without the bits specific to web browsers (context, CORS...).

HTTPS is supported behind the disabled by default native-tls feature (to use the current system native implementation) or rustls feature (to use Rustls).


use oxhttp::Client;
use oxhttp::model::{Request, Method, Status, HeaderName};
use std::io::Read;

let client = Client::new();
let response = client.request(Request::builder(Method::GET, "http://example.com".parse().unwrap()).build()).unwrap();
assert_eq!(response.status(), Status::OK);
assert_eq!(response.header(&HeaderName::CONTENT_TYPE).unwrap().as_ref(), b"text/html; charset=UTF-8");

let body = response.into_body().to_string().unwrap();


OxHTTP provides a threaded HTTP server. It is still a work in progress. Use at your own risks behind a reverse proxy!


use oxhttp::Server;
use oxhttp::model::{Response, Status};
use std::time::Duration;

// Builds a new server that returns a 404 everywhere except for "/" where it returns the body 'home'
let mut server = Server::new(|request| {
    if request.url().path() == "/" {
    } else {
// Raise a timeout error if the client does not respond after 10s.
// Listen to localhost:8080
server.listen(("localhost", 8080)).unwrap();


This project is licensed under either of

  • Apache License, Version 2.0, (LICENSE-APACHE or <http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0>)
  • MIT license (LICENSE-MIT or <http://opensource.org/licenses/MIT>)

at your option.


Unless you explicitly state otherwise, any contribution intentionally submitted for inclusion in OxHTTP by you, as defined in the Apache-2.0 license, shall be dual licensed as above, without any additional terms or conditions.


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