NOTE WELL: We no longer maintain the CERN httpd. In particular,
there is at least one known Y2K-related
bug in the latest (July 1996) release
of this software.
In May 1996, we released
Jigsaw, W3C's leading-edge Web
server platform, providing a sample HTTP 1.1 implementation and a variety
of other features on top of an advanced architecture implemented in Java.
The CERN httpd (also known as W3C httpd) is a generic public domain full-featured
hypertext server which can be used as a regular HTTP server. The server is
typically running on port 80 to serve hypertext and other documents but it
can also serve as a proxy -- a server on a firewall machine -- that provides
access for people inside a firewall to the outside world. When running as
proxy httpd may be configured to do caching of documents resulting in faster
Henrik Frystyk Nielsen,
Version 3.0A is the final version. It was generated July
15 1996. We may give out security patches but future server work has
been moved to the Java based Jigsaw server. You
can also read the W3C position statement on the
The server runs on most Unix platforms. See also the
Getting the Source Code
The latest source code is available in the following formats:
You can also browse through the latest source
files on our server!
A packet contains the following components:
The code definitions (*.c)
The interface definitions (*.h)
A Makefile for building the daemon
You can see how to unpack and compile the software in the
README file, and you can find more information on how
to install the daemon in the
Installation Guide and how to use it in the
W3C httpd is covered by the MIT Copyright
Statement, and with acknowledgement to CERN
Patches, Bug fixes, etc..
When you have modifications and want them to go into our code base then please
fill out the form for Corrections, Modifications,
and Patches and send it to us. Otherwise we can not use the patch!
Can act as proxy server for HTTP,
FTP, Gopher, WAIS, News, etc if needed
Can perform caching when running as
server-side executable scripts.
Forms and clickable image
support; see demo.
Index search interface
as a CGI/1.0 script.
Provides protection against
Automatically generates hypertext view of directory tree
Uses "README" files to document directory listings
Configurable file suffix <=> content type mapping
Handles multiple file formats, encodings and languages of same file, selects
format apropriate for client capabilities
Document name to filename mapping for longer-lived document names
last revised $Date: 1999/09/28 18:15:26 $ by $Author: connolly $