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.TH SERVEFILE 1 "January 2023" "servefile 0.5.4" "User Commands"
servefile \- small HTTP-Server for temporary file transfer
.B servefile
[\fI\-h\fR\fR] [\fI\-\-version\fR] [\fI\-p PORT\fR] [\fI\-u\fR] [\fI\-s MAX_UPLOAD_SIZE\fR] [\fI\-l\fR]
[\fI\-\-ssl\fR] [\fI\-\-key KEY\fR] [\fI\-\-cert CERT\fR] [\fI\-a user:password\fR]
Do not use this as a normal web server. This server is optimized for running
a short time and to send files to other people, not for doing high-performance
static file serving.
Servefile is a small HTTP-server intended for temporary file transfer mostly
in the local network. It aims to make transferring single files as painless as
possible and to replace tar/netcat solutions.
With just a file as argument servefile serves just that one file and redirects
all HTTP requests to that file.
Uploads can be done with curl, wget (see EXAMPLES) or a normal browser.
In upload mode with \fB\-u\fR servefile creates a directory and saves all
uploaded files into that directory. When uploading with curl or wget the
filename is extracted from the path part of the url used for the upload.
For SSL support pyopenssl (python3-openssl) needs to be installed. If no key
and cert is given, servefile will generate a key pair for you and display its
In \fB--tar\fR mode the given file or directory will be packed on (each)
request and piped to the client through the HTTP connection, thus serving
always the latest content of the directory and preventing temporary file
creaton. Tar files will be created containing only the lowest directory name
from the full path, so using /path/to/dir/ as \fIfile/directory\fR argument
will create a tar file starting with the dir/ directory. When giving a file
as argument, only the file without any path will be in the tarfile.
Symlinks will not be dereferenced.
.SS "positional arguments:"
file or directory (with \fB\-l\fR or \fB\-u\fR) which should be served or uploaded to
.SS "optional arguments:"
\fB\-h\fR, \fB\-\-help\fR
Show a help message and exit
Show program's version number and exit
\fB\-p\fR PORT, \fB\-\-port\fR PORT
Port to listen on
\fB\-u\fR, \fB\-\-upload\fR
Enable uploads to a given directory
\fB\-s\fR MAX_UPLOAD_SIZE, \fB\-\-max\-upload\-size\fR MAX_UPLOAD_SIZE
Limit upload size in kB. Size modifiers are allowed,
e.g. 2G, 12MB, 1B.
\fB\-l\fR, \fB\-\-list\-dir\fR
Show directory indexes and allow access to all
Enable SSL. If no key/cert is specified one will be
\fB\-\-key\fR KEY
Key file to use for SSL. If no cert is given with
\fB\-\-cert\fR the key file will also be searched for a cert
\fB\-\-cert\fR CERT
Certfile to use for SSL
\fB\-a\fR user:password, \fB\-\-auth\fR user:password
Set user and password for HTTP basic authentication
\fB\-\-realm\fR REALM
Set a realm for HTTP basic authentication. This is an
arbitrary string which is displayed when doing HTTP
basic authentication
\fB\-t\fR, \fB\-\-tar\fR
Enable on the fly tar creation for given file or
directory. Note: Download continuation will not be
\fB\-c\fR method, \fB\-\-compression\fR method
Set compression method, only in combination with
\fB\-\-tar\fR. Can be one of none, gzip, bzip2, xz.
\fB\-4\fR, \fB\-\-ipv4\-only\fR
Listen on IPv4 only
\fB\-6\fR, \fB\-\-ipv6\-only\fR
Listen on IPv6 only
Serving a single file with SSL and HTTP Basic auth:
servefile \-\-ssl \-\-auth foo:bar the_file
Enabling uploads to a directory:
servefile \-u dir/
Uploading file foo as bar to servefile via command line:
curl \-X PUT http://ip:port/bar \-\-data-binary @foo
curl \-X POST http://ip:port/bar \-\-data-binary @foo
wget http://ip:port/bar \-\-post-file=foo
Serving a on the fly generated tar.gz file of a directory:
servefile \-\-tar \-c gzip path/to/dir
servefile is developed by Sebastian Lohff <>