Fast, cross-platform HTTP/2 web server with automatic HTTPS

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Caddy is a lightweight, general-purpose web server for Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD and Android. It is a capable alternative to other popular and easy to use web servers. (@caddyserver on Twitter)

The most notable features are HTTP/2, Let's Encrypt support, Virtual Hosts, TLS + SNI, and easy configuration with a Caddyfile. In development, you usually put one Caddyfile with each site. In production, Caddy serves HTTPS by default and manages all cryptographic assets for you.

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Getting Caddy

Caddy binaries have no dependencies and are available for nearly every platform.

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Quick Start

The website has full documentation but this will get you started in about 30 seconds:

Place a file named "Caddyfile" with your site. Paste this into it and save:


ext .html
websocket /echo cat
log ../access.log
header /api Access-Control-Allow-Origin *

Run caddy from that directory, and it will automatically use that Caddyfile to configure itself.

That simple file enables compression, allows directory browsing (for folders without an index file), serves clean URLs, hosts a WebSocket echo server at /echo, logs requests to access.log, and adds the coveted Access-Control-Allow-Origin: * header for all responses from some API.

Wow! Caddy can do a lot with just a few lines.

Defining multiple sites

You can run multiple sites from the same Caddyfile, too: {
    # ...
}, {
    # ...

Note that all these sites will automatically be served over HTTPS using Let's Encrypt as the CA. Caddy will manage the certificates (including renewals) for you. You don't even have to think about it.

For more documentation, please view the website. You may also be interested in the developer guide on this project's GitHub wiki.

Running from Source

Note: You will need Go 1.6 or newer.

  1. $ go get
  2. cd into your website's directory
  3. Run caddy (assumes $GOPATH/bin is in your $PATH)

If you're tinkering, you can also use ./build.bash && ./ecaddy.

By default, Caddy serves the current directory at localhost:2015. You can place a Caddyfile to configure Caddy for serving your site.

Caddy accepts some flags from the command line. Run caddy -h to view the help for flags or see the CLI documentation.

Running as root: We advise against this; use setcap instead, like so: setcap cap_net_bind_service=+ep ./caddy This will allow you to listen on ports < 1024 like 80 and 443.

Docker Container

Caddy is available as a Docker container from any of these sources:

3rd-party dependencies

Although Caddy's binaries are completely static, Caddy relies on some excellent libraries. shows the packages that each Caddy package imports.


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This project would not be what it is without your help. Please see the contributing guidelines if you haven't already.

Thanks for making Caddy -- and the Web -- better!

Special thanks to DigitalOcean for hosting the Caddy project.

About the project

Caddy was born out of the need for a "batteries-included" web server that runs anywhere and doesn't have to take its configuration with it. Caddy took inspiration from spark, nginx, lighttpd, Websocketd and Vagrant, which provides a pleasant mixture of features from each of them.

Twitter: @mholt6