This module implements a high performance asynchronous HTTP server.

This HTTP server has not been designed to be used in production, but for testing applications locally. Because of this, when deploying your application you should use a reverse proxy (for example nginx) instead of allowing users to connect directly to this server.

Basic usage

This example will create an HTTP server on port 8080. The server will respond to all requests with a 200 OK response code and "Hello World" as the response body.

import asynchttpserver, asyncdispatch

var server = newAsyncHttpServer()
proc cb(req: Request) {.async.} =
  await req.respond(Http200, "Hello World")

waitFor server.serve(Port(8080), cb)


Request = object
  client*: AsyncSocket
  reqMethod*: HttpMethod
  headers*: HttpHeaders
  protocol*: tuple[orig: string, major, minor: int]
  url*: Uri
  hostname*: string          ## The hostname of the client that made the request.
  body*: string
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AsyncHttpServer = ref object
  socket: AsyncSocket
  reuseAddr: bool
  reusePort: bool
  maxBody: int               ## The maximum content-length that will be read for the body.
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proc newAsyncHttpServer(reuseAddr = true; reusePort = false; maxBody = 8388608): AsyncHttpServer {...}{.
    raises: [], tags: [].}
Creates a new AsyncHttpServer instance.   Source Edit
proc sendHeaders(req: Request; headers: HttpHeaders): Future[void] {...}{.
    raises: [Exception], tags: [RootEffect].}
Sends the specified headers to the requesting client.   Source Edit
proc respond(req: Request; code: HttpCode; content: string;
             headers: HttpHeaders = nil): Future[void] {...}{.raises: [Exception],
    tags: [RootEffect].}

Responds to the request with the specified HttpCode, headers and content.

This procedure will not close the client socket.


import json
proc handler(req: Request) {.async.} =
  if req.url.path == "/hello-world":
    let msg = %* {"message": "Hello World"}
    let headers = newHttpHeaders([("Content-Type","application/json")])
    await req.respond(Http200, $msg, headers)
    await req.respond(Http404, "Not Found")
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proc serve(server: AsyncHttpServer; port: Port;
           callback: proc (request: Request): Future[void] {...}{.closure, gcsafe.};
           address = ""): owned(Future[void]) {...}{.raises: [Exception],
    tags: [RootEffect, WriteIOEffect, ReadIOEffect].}

Starts the process of listening for incoming HTTP connections on the specified address and port.

When a request is made by a client the specified callback will be called.

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proc close(server: AsyncHttpServer) {...}{.raises: [Exception, LibraryError, SslError],
                                      tags: [RootEffect].}
Terminates the async http server instance.   Source Edit