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A more traditional web server

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A more traditional web server in Python

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About the project

MiniPyP (pronounced mini·pipe) is an event-driven web server written in pure Python. However, MiniPyP is not an application framework. It’s a full web server, with virtual hosts, reverse proxies, and everything else you need. MiniPyP is intended to replace Apache and nginx, so you can use Python without the performance hit of CGI.

MiniPyP has some more advanced features right out of the box, too. For example, when a user goes to /some/url on your server, and the directory’s static option is set to False (default), the server will look for the file /some/url. If it doesn’t exist, but the file /some does, that file will be served. Extensions do not need to be specified with the static option set to False. In addition, if a file does not exist but a file named catchall exists, it will be served instead of a 404. This makes creating a single-page application that much more elegant.


First, install MiniPyP via pip.

pip install minipyp

To start a server within a Python program, specify a config like so (you may alternatively give a file location as the config):

from minipyp import MiniPyP

config = {
    'host': '',
    'port': 80,
    'root': '/var/www/html',
    'timeout': 15,
    'error_pages': {
        404: {
            'html': '<p>The file <code>{uri}</code> could not be found.</p>'


You may also start a server via the command line. Unless specified, the config will be created and loaded from /etc/minipyp/minipyp.conf on Mac/Linux and %APPDATA%\MiniPyP\minipyp.conf on Windows.

minipyp start [-c CONFIG]

Creating a page

To create a page (e.g. ‘’), create a file called in’s root with the following:

def render(server, request):
    return '<p>You requested the page <code>' + request.uri + '</code>.</p>'

Learn more

See the full documentation at



  • Daemon mode
  • Logging (+ log files)
  • Global config file (minipyp.conf)
  • Directory-specific config files (.minipyp)


  • Now tracking changes

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