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a simple static fileserver and directory index server in python (WSGI app)

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a simple static fileserver and directory index server in python (WSGI app)


Often for testing you will want a static fileserver and directory index as part of your WSGI stack. In addition, you may have requirements to run such as part of a production WSGI stack. FileServer fits these needs.


I needed a directory index server a la Apache to test a PyPI clone I was using. After surveying what was out there, there didn’t seem anything out there that was easily consumable for my purposes. So I wrote one only depending on webob .


from fileserver import * should give you access to all of the usable components of fileserver:

  • file_response: return a webob response object appropriate to a file name
  • FileApp: WSGI app that wraps file_response
  • Directory Server: serves a directory tree and generated indices
  • main: command line entry point

FileApp and file_response are heavily borrowed from . I also borrowed from Paste’s StaticURLParser and static.Cling.

In addition there is a command line script, serve, which may be used to serve a directory with the wsgiref server.


doctests and a test runner,, exist in the tests/ subdirectory of . I currently use paste.fixture.TestApp to mock requests and inspect responses, but should probably move to WebTest .

Other Projects

While I didn’t find them suitable for my use, there are other standalone static fileservers available for python:

Jeff Hammel

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