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A very simple, fast, multithreaded, platform independent HTTP and HTTPS server and client library implemented using C++11 and Asio (both Boost.Asio and standalone Asio can be used). Created to be an easy way to make REST resources available from C++ applications.

See for an easy way to make WebSocket/WebSocket Secure endpoints in C++. Also, feel free to check out the new C++ IDE supporting C++11/14/17:


  • Asynchronous request handling
  • Thread pool if needed
  • Platform independent
  • HTTPS support
  • HTTP persistent connection (for HTTP/1.1)
  • Client supports chunked transfer encoding
  • Timeouts, if any of Server::timeout_request and Server::timeout_content are >0 (default: Server::timeout_request=5 seconds, and Server::timeout_content=300 seconds)
  • Simple way to add REST resources using regex for path, and anonymous functions


See http_examples.cpp or https_examples.cpp for example usage.

See particularly the JSON-POST (using Boost.PropertyTree) and the GET /match/[number] examples, which are most relevant.


  • Boost.Asio or standalone Asio
  • Boost is required to compile the examples
  • For HTTPS: OpenSSL libraries

Compile and run

Compile with a C++11 compliant compiler:

mkdir build
cd build
cmake ..
cd ..


Run the server and client examples: ./build/http_examples

Direct your favorite browser to for instance http://localhost:8080/


Before running the server, an RSA private key (server.key) and an SSL certificate (server.crt) must be created. Follow, for instance, the instructions given here (for a self-signed certificate):

Run the server and client examples: ./build/https_examples

Direct your favorite browser to for instance https://localhost:8080/

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