The Guerilla Hack Chronicles: Dancer as an Ad-Hoc Web Server
Mar 14, 2011 / By Yanick Champoux
Let’s say you want to serve static http content from a machine. The sensible thing to do would be to install Apache/Nginx/Lighttp.
But let’s say — because of insane configuration, red tape, cruel whims of the gods — that you can’t do the sensible thing.
Fortunately, there’s a few aces you can pull from out of your sleeve.
One of them is to use Dancer as a spur-of-the-moment barebone web server:
$ dancer -a proxy $ cd proxy $ rm -fr public/ && ln -s /path/to/share public $ ./bin/app.pl -p 8086
With that, we now have a single-threaded web server listening on port 8086 serving the files of
If you need it to be more beefy, as in act like a real web server and deal with concurent requests, just plack it up:
$ plackup bin/app.pl -p 8086