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.

Ditto here. 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.

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


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