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WEBrick is an HTTP server toolkit that can be configured as an HTTPS server, a proxy server, and a virtual-host server.

WEBrick features complete logging of both server operations and HTTP access.

WEBrick supports both basic and digest authentication in addition to algorithms not in RFC 2617.

A WEBrick server can be composed of multiple WEBrick servers or servlets to provide differing behavior on a per-host or per-path basis. WEBrick includes servlets for handling CGI scripts, ERB pages, Ruby blocks and directory listings.

WEBrick also includes tools for daemonizing a process and starting a process at a higher privilege level and dropping permissions.


Add this line to your application’s Gemfile:

gem 'webrick'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install webrick


To create a new WEBrick::HTTPServer that will listen to connections on port 8000 and serve documents from the current user’s public_html folder:

require 'webrick'

root = File.expand_path '~/public_html'
server = WEBrick::HTTPServer.new :Port => 8000, :DocumentRoot => root

To run the server you will need to provide a suitable shutdown hook as starting the server blocks the current thread:

trap 'INT' do server.shutdown end



After checking out the repo, run bin/setup to install dependencies. Then, run rake test to run the tests. You can also run bin/console for an interactive prompt that will allow you to experiment.

To install this gem onto your local machine, run bundle exec rake install. To release a new version, update the version number in version.rb, and then run bundle exec rake release, which will create a git tag for the version, push git commits and tags, and push the .gem file to rubygems.org.


Bug reports and Patch are welcome on https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/.


The gem is available as open source under the terms of the 2-Clause BSD License.