Yehuda Katz is a member of the Ember.js, Ruby on Rails and jQuery Core Teams; he spends his daytime hours at the startup he founded, Tilde Inc.. Yehuda is co-author of best-selling jQuery in Action and Rails 3 in Action. He spends most of his time hacking on open source—his main projects, like Thor, Handlebars and Janus—or traveling the world doing evangelism work. He can be found on Twitter as @wycats and on Github.

Webrick Anywhere

I’ve lately found myself frequently in a situation where I had a directory structure that I wanted to be able to easily browse like a server. One common reason for me was a desire to browse work I was doing on my Mac on Parallels.

Rails uses Webrick to quickly mount its directory structure, and since my needs were very lightweight, I decided to investigate how I could set up webrick to mount a directory structure on a particular port. The result: a small script called server.rb which you can drop into any folder and call via ruby server.rb [PORT]. It’ll default to port 2000.

The code is almost entirely the example code from the Webrick library, but there are a few modification. Bon Apetit!

4 Responses to “Webrick Anywhere”

Is webrick still in business? I can’t find them on line.
Ken

Ditto here.
webrick.org seems to be offline.

I just wrote a post last night that does the same thing with lighty.
You might want to consider using that being that’ll be quicker than web brick. http://germanforblack.com/how-to-use-lighttpd-to-serve-a-static-site-for-development

Thanks for the tip, Yehuda.
How do I set up webrick to serve jsp pages as static HTML? I need to append a http header to the page webrick sends to the browser to force the browser to show it as html.

Any help appreciated

/Jesper

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