A simple web server with node.js

I do a lot of things in node.js lately. For anyone who heard node.js for the first time I quote the description from the official website:

Node.js is a platform built on Chrome’s JavaScript runtime for easily building fast, scalable network applications. Node.js uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes it lightweight and efficient, perfect for data-intensive real-time applications that run across distributed devices.

I needed a simple web server, which serves – as the name said – simple web pages. By simple I mean static html content, in other words, pages without a template engine and without writing html within the node JavaScript.

I found Express which does the job very well. To install Express use the command

npm install express

The following sample creates a web server that is listening on port 80. Furthermore it serves all pages within the configured htmlDir directory.

var express = require("express");
var app = express();
var port = 80;
var htmlDir = "./client/"
app.configure(function () {


console.log("express is working in dir " + htmlDir + " and listening on port " + port);

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