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serve v6.5.8

Static file serving and directory listing


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Have you ever wanted to share a project on your network by running just a command? Then this module is exactly what you're looking for: It provides a neat interface for listing the directory's contents and switching into sub folders.

In addition, it's also awesome when it comes to serving static sites!



Firstly, install the package from npm (you'll need at least Node.js 7.6.0):

npm install -g serve

Alternatively, you can use Yarn to install it:

yarn global add serve

Once that's done, you can run this command inside your project's directory:

serve [options] <path>


Run this command to see a list of all available options:

serve help


If you set the --auth flag, the package will look for a username and password in the SERVE_USER and SERVE_PASSWORD environment variables.

As an example, this is how such a command could look like:

SERVE_USER=leo SERVE_PASSWORD=1234 serve --auth


You can also use the package inside your application. Just load it:

const serve = require('serve')

And call it with flags (run this command for the full list):

const server = serve(__dirname, {
  port: 1337,
  ignore: ['node_modules']

Later in the code, you can stop the server using this method:



  1. Fork this repository to your own GitHub account and then clone it to your local device
  2. Uninstall serve if it's already installed: npm uninstall -g serve
  3. Link it to the global module directory: npm link

After that, you can use the serve command everywhere. Here's a list of issues that are great for beginners.


This project used to be called "list" and "micro-list". But thanks to TJ Holowaychuk handing us the new name, it's now called "serve" (which is much more definite).


Leo Lamprecht (@notquiteleo) - ZEIT


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