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Parrot is a simple HTTP server that responds to requests with a specified filename

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parrot is a simple HTTP server that responds to any valid GET request with the file specified on the command line.

It is useful during testing (e.g. to mock out a server application), or to do client testing. Both text and binary files are handlded correctly.

Its only dependency is the excellent python-magic library for mime type guessing. It works on Python 3.

$ pip install python-parrot


$ parrot port filename

The following arguments are required:

  • port: Port to listen on
  • filename: Filename of the data to send in response to all requests


Start the parrot server:

$ echo 'This is a test' > test.txt
$ parrot 8000 test.txt
parrot/1.0.0 listening on with file test.txt (text/plain)

In another terminal (assuming is a valid IP on the server):

$ echo 'GET /anything HTTP/1.0' | nc 8000
HTTP/1.0 200 OK
Server: parrot/1.0.0 Python/3.4.2
Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2015 00:27:56 GMT
Content-Type: text/plain

This is a test

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