It’s amazing but it’s possible to write little web server on bash shell script. Here is it’s source code:

:;while [ $? -eq 0 ];do nc -vlp 8080 -c'(r=read;e=echo;$r a b c;z=$r;while [ ${#z} -gt 2 ];do $r z;done;f=`$e $b|sed 's/[^a-z0-9_.-]//gi'`;h="HTTP/1.0";o="$h 200 OK\r\n";c="Content";if [ -z $f ];then($e $o;ls|(while $r n;do if [ -f "$n" ]; then $e "`ls -gh $n`";fi;done););elif [ -f $f ];then $e "$o$c-Type: `file -ib $f`\n$c-Length: `stat -c%s $f`";$e;cat $f;else $e -e "$h 404 Not Found\n\n404\n";fi)';done

Bash shell script web server

You can download it here.

Just run it and then load web page, where is IP address of the Linux machine you’ve started above mentioned bash script. You’ll see links to files located in directory the script was started at. My respect to Alexey Sveshnikov.

P.S. Script was tested at Ubuntu and Debian Linux.




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  2. January 29, 2009  7:24 pm by Erdem Güven Reply

    I had added directory browse support:

    :;while [ $? -eq 0 ];do nc -vlp 8080 -c'(r=read;e=echo;$r a b c;z=$r;while [ ${#z} -gt 2 ];do $r z;done;f=`$e $b|sed "s#^/##g;s#/$""##g"`;h="HTTP/1.0";o="$h 200 OKrn";c="Content";if [ -z "$f" -o -d "$f" ];then($e $o;$e "<a>Parent Directory";if [ $f ];then f=$f/;fi;cd "$f";ls|(while $r n;do if [ -e "$n" ]; then $e "<a>`ls -ghd $n`";fi;done););cd ->/dev/null;elif [ -f $f ];then $e "$o$c-Type: `file -ib $f`n$c-Length: `stat -c%s $f`";$e;cat $f;else $e -e "$h 404 Not Foundnn404 $fn";fi)';done

    Tested on Ubuntu 8.04.

  3. January 29, 2009  7:30 pm by Erdem Güven Reply

    Ooops, system removed all tags in the code. Here is another try:

    :;while [ $? -eq 0 ];do nc -vlp 8080 -c'(r=read;e=echo;$r a b c;z=$r;while [ ${#z} -gt 2 ];do $r z;done;f=`$e $b|sed "s#^/##g;s#/$""##g"`;h="HTTP/1.0";o="$h 200 OKrn";c="Content";if [ -z "$f" -o -d "$f" ];then($e $o;$e "<a>Parent Directory";if [ $f ];then f=$f/;fi;cd "$f";ls|(while $r n;do if [ -e "$n" ]; then $e "<a>`ls -ghd $n`";fi;done););cd ->/dev/null;elif [ -f $f ];then $e "$o$c-Type: `file -ib $f`n$c-Length: `stat -c%s $f`";$e;cat $f;else $e -e "$h 404 Not Foundnn404 $fn";fi)';done

  4. January 30, 2009  11:36 am by Erdem Güven Reply

    I'm sorry for repeat comments. This must be displayed correctly:

    :;while [ $? -eq 0 ];do nc -vlp 8080 -c'(r=read;e=echo;$r a b c;z=$r;while [ ${#z} -gt 2 ];do $r z;done;f=`$e $b|sed "s#^/##g;s#/$""##g"`;h="HTTP/1.0";o="$h 200 OKrn";c="Content";if [ -z "$f" -o -d "$f" ];then($e $o;$e "Parent Directory";if [ $f ];then f=$f/;fi;cd "$f";ls|(while $r n;do if [ -e "$n" ]; then $e "`ls -ghd $n`";fi;done););cd ->/dev/null;elif [ -f $f ];then $e "$o$c-Type: `file -ib $f`n$c-Length: `stat -c%s $f`";$e;cat $f;else $e -e "$h 404 Not Foundnn404 $fn";fi)';done

  5. January 30, 2009  12:07 pm by artiomix Reply

    Hi, Erdem, you are welcome to send the code to me (artiomixATgmailDOTcom) and I will publish it here :)

  6. May 24, 2009  11:52 am by dani Reply

    hello,i am trying the version with directories,but it doesnt work

  7. May 24, 2009  9:19 pm by Victor Reply

    Hi Erdem. Can you post the code to pastebin, please? :)

  8. May 26, 2009  6:30 pm by ann Reply

    it doesnt work to me ,it load and when i conect with firefox only appears a white screen :(

    Also the erdem code,but it shows this:
    syntax error near unexpected token `('

    my system :debian etch.
    some help?

  9. October 4, 2009  1:31 am by troppo caffe` poco c Reply


    while [ $? -eq 0 ];do

    nc -vlp 8080 -c '(



    $r a b c


    while [ ${#z} -gt 2 ]


    $r z


    f=`$e $b|sed 's/[^a-z0-9_.-]//gi'`


    o="$h 200 OKrn"


    if [ -z $f ];then

    ($e $o


    while $r n


    if [ -f "$n" ]; then

    $e "<a href="/$n" rel="nofollow">`ls -gh $n`"





    elif [ -f $f ];then

    $e "$o$c-Type: `file -ib $f`n$c-Length: `stat -c%s $f`"


    cat $f


    $e -e "$h 404 Not Foundnn404n"




  10. November 4, 2009  11:31 pm by TheWorm Reply

    Good work Erdem Güven! But you didn't add just the directory browse support, now you can see every file you have on you computer, not just the ones you put in the same folder where the script is.

    Try looking at http://localhost:8080///etc/passwd

    This should give you an idea about what I'm trying to explain...

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