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# Site.js
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[![Screenshot of the Site.js web site header](images/site.js.jpeg)](https://sitejs.org)
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## Develop, test, and deploy your secure static or dynamic personal web site with zero configuration.

__Site.js is an integrated [Small Tech](https://ar.al/2019/03/04/small-technology/) personal web tool for Linux and Linux-like* operating systems.__
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  - Zero-configuration – It Just Works 🤞™.

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  - Develop with automatically-provisioned locally-trusted TLS courtesy of [mkcert](https://github.com/FiloSottile/mkcert) seamlessly integrated via [Nodecert](https://source.ind.ie/hypha/tools/nodecert).
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  - Stage and deploy production servers with automatically-provisioned globally-trusted TLS courtesy of [Let’s Encrypt](https://letsencrypt.org/) seamlessly integrated via [ACME TLS](https://source.ind.ie/hypha/tools/acme-tls) and [systemd](https://freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/systemd/). Your server will score an A on the [SSL Labs SSL Server Test](https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest).

  - Create static web sites, extend them with dynamic JavaScript routes, or extend Site.js in Node.js to create fully-dynamic personal web applications.
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  <ins>Note:</ins> Live deployments via startup daemons are only supported on Linux distributions with systemd.
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  \* Works with Linux, macOS, and Windows Subsystem for Linux.

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## Install
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Copy and paste the following commands into your terminal:

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### Native binaries
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__Before you pipe any script into your computer, always [view the source code](https://site.js/install) and make sure you understand what it does.__
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```shell
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wget -qO- https://sitejs.org/install | bash
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```

### Node.js

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```shell
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npm i -g @small-tech/site.js
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## Dependencies

Site.js is tries to install the dependencies it needs seamlessly while running. That said, there are certain basic components it expects on a Linux-like system. These are:

  - `sudo`
  - `libcap2-bin` (we use `setcap` to escalate privileges on the binary as necessary)

If it turns out that any of these are a widespread reason for first-run breakage, we can look into having them installed automatically in the future. Please open an issue if any of these is an issue in your deployments or everyday usage.

Of course, you will need `wget` (or `curl`) installed to download the install script. You can install `wget` via your distribution’s package manager (e.g., `sudo apt install wget` on Ubuntu-like systems).

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## Uninstall

To uninstall the native binary (and any created artifacts, like TLS certificates, systemd services, etc.):

```shell
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site uninstall
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## Use
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### Development (servers @localhost)

#### Regular server
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Start serving the current directory at https://localhost as a regular process using locally-trusted certificates:
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```shell
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$ site
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#### Proxy server
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You can use Site.js as a development-time reverse proxy for HTTP and WebSocket connections. For example, if you use [Hugo](https://gohugo.io/) and you’re running `hugo server` on the default HTTP port 1313. You can run a HTTPS reverse proxy at https://localhost [with LiveReload support](https://source.ind.ie/hypha/tools/web-server/blob/master/bin/web-server.js#L237) using:
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```shell
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$ site :1313
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This will create and serve the following proxies:

  * http://localhost:1313 → https://localhost
  * ws://localhost:1313 → wss://localhost
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### Testing (servers @hostname)

#### Regular server

Start serving the _my-site_ directory at your _hostname_ as a regular process using globally-trusted Let’s Encrypt certificates:

```shell
$ site my-site @hostname
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#### Proxy server

Start serving `http://localhost:1313` and `ws://localhost:1313` at your _hostname_:

```shell
$ site :1313 @hostname
```

#### Making your server public

Use a service like [ngrok](https://ngrok.com/) (Pro+) to point a custom domain name to your temporary staging server. Make sure you set your `hostname` file (e.g., in `/etc/hostname` or via `hostnamectl set-hostname <hostname>` or the equivalent for your platform) to match your domain name. The first time you hit your server via your hostname it will take a little longer to load as your Let’s Encrypt certificates are being automatically provisioned by ACME TLS.
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When you start your server, it will run as a regular process. It will not be restarted if it crashes or if you exit the foreground process or restart the computer.

### Deployment (live and one-time sync)

Site.js can also help you when you want to deploy your site to your live server with its sync feature. You can even have Site.js watch for changes and sync them to your server in real-time (e.g., if you want to live blog something or want to keep a page updated with local data you’re collecting from a sensor):
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```shell
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$ site my-demo --sync-to=my-demo.site
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The above command will start a local development server at _https://localhost_. Additionally, it will watch the folder _my-demo_ for changes and sync any changes to its contents via rsync over ssh to the host _my-demo.site_.

If don’t want Site.js to start a server and you want to perform just a one-time sync, use the `--exit-on-sync` flag.
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```shell
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$ site my-demo --sync-to=my-demo.site --exit-on-sync
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```

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Without any customisations, the sync feature assumes that your account on your remote server has the same name as your account on your local machine and that the folder you are watching (_my-demo_, in the example above) is located at _/home/your-account/my-demo_ on the remote server. Also, by default, the contents of the folder will be synced, not the folder itself. You can change these defaults by specifying a full-qualified remote connection string as the `--sync-to` value.
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The remote connection string has the format:
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remoteAccount@host:/absolute/path/to/remoteFolder
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For example:
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```shell
$ site my-folder --sync-to=someOtherAccount@my-demo.site:/var/www
```

If you want to sync a different folder to the one you’re serving or if you’re running a proxy server (or if you just want to be as explicit as possible about your intent) you can use the `--sync-from` option to specify the folder to sync:
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$ site :1313 --sync-from=public --sync-to=my-demo.site
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(The above command will start a proxy server that forwards requests to and responses from http://localhost to https://localhost and sync the folder called `public` to the host `my-demo.site`.)
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If you want to sync not the folder’s contents but the folder itself, use the `--sync-folder-and-contents` flag. e.g.,
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$ site my-local-folder --sync-to=me@my.site:my-remote-folder --sync-folder-and-contents
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The above command will result in the following directory structure on the remote server: _/home/me/my-remote-folder/my-local-folder_. It also demonstrates that if you specify a relative folder, Site.js assumes you mean the folder exists in the home directory of the account on the remote server.

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__Available on Linux distributions with systemd (most Linux distributions, but [not these ones](https://sysdfree.wordpress.com/2019/03/09/135/) or on macOS).__
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On your live, public server, you can start serving the _my-site_ directory at your _hostname_ as a daemon that is automatically run at system startup and restarted if it crashes with:
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```shell
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The `enable` command sets up your server to start automatically when your server starts and restart automatically if it crashes. Requires superuser privileges on first run to set up the launch item.
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For example, if you run the command on a connected server that has the ar.al domain pointing to it and `ar.al` set in _/etc/hostname_, you will be able to access the site at https://ar.al. (Yes, of course, [ar.al](https://ar.al) runs on Site.js.) The first time you hit your live site, it will take a little longer to load as your Let’s Encrypt certificates are being automatically provisioned by ACME TLS.
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When the server is enabled, you can also use the following commands:
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  - `disable`: Stop server and remove from startup.
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  - `logs`: Display and tail server logs.
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  - `status`: Display detailed server information (press ‘q’ to exit).
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Site.js uses the [systemd](https://freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/systemd/) to start and manage the daemon. Beyond the commands listed above that Site.js supports natively (and proxies to systemd), you can make use of all systemd functionality via the [systemctl](https://www.freedesktop.org/software/systemd/man/systemctl.html) and [journalctl](https://www.freedesktop.org/software/systemd/man/journalctl.html) commands.
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## Build and test from source

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### Install the source and run tests
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```shell
# Clone and install.
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mkdir site.js && cd site.js
git clone https://source.ind.ie/site.js/app.git
cd app
./install
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# Run unit tests.
npm test
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### Install as global Node.js module

After you install the source and run tests:

```shell
# Install the binary as a global module
npm i -g

# Serve the test site locally (visit https://localhost to view).
site test/site
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__Note:__ for commands that require root privileges (i.e., `enable` and `disable`), Site.js will automatically restart itself using sudo and Node must be available for the root account. If you’re using [nvm](https://github.com/creationix/nvm), you can enable this via:
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```shell
# Replace v10.15.3 with the version of node you want to make available globally.
sudo ln -s "$NVM_DIR/versions/node/v10.15.3/bin/node" "/usr/local/bin/node"
sudo ln -s "$NVM_DIR/versions/node/v10.15.3/bin/npm" "/usr/local/bin/npm"
```

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### Native binaries

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After you install the source and run tests:
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# Build the native binary for your platform.
# To build for all platforms, use npm run build -- --all
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npm run build

# Serve the test site (visit https://localhost to view).
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### Build and install native binary locally

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After you install the source and run tests:

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```shell
npm run install-locally
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### Deployment

```shell
# To build binaries for both linux and macOS and also to
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# copy them over to the Site.js web Site for deployment.
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# (You will most likely not need to do this.)
npm run deploy
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## Syntax
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  - `command`: version | help | serve | enable | disable | logs | status
  - `folder|:port`: Path of folder to serve (defaults to current folder) or port on localhost to proxy.
  - `@host[:port]`: Host (and, optionally port) to sync. Valid hosts are @localhost and @hostname.
  - `--options`: Settings that alter command behaviour.

__Key:__ `[]` = optional &nbsp;&nbsp;`|` = or
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  - `serve`: Serve specified folder (or proxy specified `:port`) on specified `@host` (at `:port`, if given). The order of arguments is:

    1. what to serve,
    2. where to serve it at. e.g.,

    ```site serve my-folder @localhost```

    If a port (e.g., `:1313`) is specified instead of my-folder, start an HTTP/WebSocket proxy.

  - `version`: Display version and exit.
  - `help`: Display help screen and exit.
  - `uninstall`: Uninstall Site.js.
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  - `enable`: Start server as daemon with globally-trusted certificates and add to startup.

  - `disable`: Stop server daemon and remove from startup.

  - `logs`: Display and tail server logs.
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  - `status`: Display detailed server information.

If `command` is omitted, behaviour defaults to `serve`.
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### Options:
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  - `--sync-to`: The host to sync to.
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  - `--sync-from`: The folder to sync from (only relevant if `--sync-to` is specified).
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  - `--exit-on-sync`: Exit once the first sync has occurred (only relevant if `--sync-to` is specified). Useful in deployment scripts.
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  - `--sync-folder-and-contents`: Sync folder and contents (default is to sync the folder’s contents only).
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  - `--ensure-can-sync`: Ensure server can rsync via ssh.
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When you `serve` a site at `@hostname` or use the `enable` command, globally-trusted Let’s Encrypt TLS certificates are automatically provisioned for you using ACME TLS the first time you hit your hostname. The hostname for the certificates is automatically set from the hostname of your system (and the _www._ subdomain is also automatically provisioned).
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## Usage examples

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### Develop using locally-trusted TLS certificates
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| Goal                                      | Command                                                       |
| ----------------------------------------- | ------------------------------------------------------------- |
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| Serve current folder*                     | site                                                          |
|                                           | site serve                                                    |
|                                           | site serve .                                                  |
|                                           | site serve . @localhost                                       |
|                                           | site serve . @localhost:443                                   |
| Serve folder demo (shorthand)             | site demo                                                     |
| Serve folder demo on port 666             | site serve demo @localhost:666                                |
| Proxy localhost:1313 to https://localhost*| site :1313                                                    |
|                                           | site serve :1313 @localhost:443                               |
| Serve current folder, sync it to my.site* | site --sync-to=my.site                                        |
|                                           | site serve . @localhost:443 --sync-to=my.site                 |
| Serve demo folder, sync it to my.site     | site serve demo --sync-to=my.site                             |
| Ditto, but use account me on my.site      | site serve demo --sync-to=me@my.site                          |
| Ditto, but sync to remote folder ~/www    | site serve demo --sync-to=me@my.site:www                      |
| Ditto, but specify absolute path          | site serve demo --sync-to=me@my.site:/home/me/www             |
| Sync current folder, proxy localhost:1313 | site serve :1313 --sync-from=. --sync-to=my.site              |
| Sync current folder to my.site and exit   | site --sync-to=my.site --exit-on-sync                         |
| Sync demo folder to my.site and exit*     | site demo --sync-to=my.site --exit-on-sync                    |
|                                           | site --sync-from=demo --sync-to=my.site --exit-on-sync        |

### Stage and deploy using globally-trusted Let’s Encrypt certificates

#### Regular process:
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| Goal                                      | Command                                                       |
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| Serve current folder                      | site @hostname                                                |
| Serve folder demo*                        | site demo @hostname                                           |
|                                           | site serve demo @hostname                                     |
| Proxy localhost:1313 to https://hostname  | site serve :1313 @hostname                                    |

#### Start-up daemon:

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| Serve current folder as daemon            | site enable                                                   |
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| Get status of daemon                      | site status                                                   |
| Display server logs                       | site logs                                                     |
| Stop current daemon                       | site disable                                                  |
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## Native support for an Evergreen Web
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What if links never died? What if we never broke the Web? What if it didn’t involve any extra work? It’s possible. And, with Site.js, it’s effortless.
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### Native cascading archives support
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If you have a static archive of the previous version of your site, you can have Site.js automatically serve it for you. For example, if your site is being served from the `my-site` folder, just put the archive of your site into a folder named `my-site-archive-1`:
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|- my-site
|- my-site-archive-1
```

If a path cannot be found in `my-site`, it will be served from `my-site-archive-1`.

And you’re not limited to a single archive (and hence the “cascade” bit in the name of the feature). As you have multiple older versions of your site, just add them to new folders and increment the archive index in the name. e.g., `my-site-archive-2`, `my-site-archive-3`, etc.

Paths in `my-site` will override those in `my-site-archive-3` and those in `my-site-archive-3` will, similarly, override those in `my-site-archive-2` and so on.

What this means that your old links will never die but if you do replace them with never content in never versions, those will take precedence.

### Native 404 → 302 support

But what if the previous version of your site is a dynamic site and you either don’t want to lose the dynamic functionality or you simply cannot take a static backup. No worries. Just move it to a different subdomain or domain and make your 404s into 302s.
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Site.js has native support for [the 404 to 302 technique](https://4042302.org) to ensure an evergreen web. Just serve the old version of your site (e.g., your WordPress site, etc.) from a different subdomain and tell Site.js to forward any unknown requests on your new static site to that subdomain so that all your existing links magically work.
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To do so, create a simple file called `4042302` in the root directory of your web content and add the URL of the server that is hosting your older content. e.g.,

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You can chain the 404 → 302 method any number of times to ensure that none of your links ever break without expending any additional effort to migrate your content.

For more information and examples, see [4042302.org](https://4042302.org).

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![Screenshot of the custom 404 error page included in the unit tests](images/custom-404.png)

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You can specify a custom error page for 404 (not found) and 500 (internal server error) errors. To do so, create a folder with the status code you want off of the root of your web content (i.e., `/404` and/or `/500`) and place at least an `index.html` file in the folder. You can also, optionally, put any assets you want to display on your error pages into those folders and load them in via relative URLs. Your custom error pages will be served with the proper error code and at the URL that was being accessed.

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You can include very basic dynamic routes by including JavaScript files that export middleware-style functions in a special _.dynamic_ folder in the root folder of your web content. The syntax and conventions are [detailed here](https://source.ind.ie/hypha/tools/web-routes-from-files).
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const os = require('os')

function serverStats (request, response, next) {

  const loadAverages = `<p> ${os.loadavg().reduce((a, c, i) => `${a}\n<li><strong>CPU ${i+1}:</strong> ${c}</li>`, '<ul>') + '</ul>'}</p>`

  const freeMemory = `<p>${os.freemem()} bytes</p>`

  const page = `<html><head><title>Server statistics</title><style>body {font-family: sans-serif;}</style></head><body><h1>Server statistics</h1><h2>Load averages</h2>${loadAverages}<h2>Free memory</h2>${freeMemory}</body></html>`

  response.end(page)
}

module.exports = serverStats
```

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Site.js will load your dynamic route at startup and you can test it by hitting _https://localhost/server-stats_ using a local web server. Each time you refresh, you should get the latest dynamic content.
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If you need to use custom Node modules, initialise your _.dynamic_ folder using `npm init` and use `npm install` as usual. And modules you require from your routes will be properly loaded and used.

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### Directories

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Your dynamic web routes are running within Site.js, which is a Node application compiled into a native binary.
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  - `os.homedir()`: __(writable)__ This is the home folder of the account running Site.js. You can write to it to store persistent objects (e.g., save data).
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  - `os.tmpdir()`: __(writable)__ Path to the system temporary folder. Use for content you can afford to lose and can recreate (e.g., cache API calls).

  - `.`: __(writable)__ Path to the root of your web content. Since you can write here, you can, if you want to, create content dynamically that will then automatically be served by the static web server.

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  - `__dirname`: __(writeable)__ Path to the `.dynamic` folder.
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  - `/`: __(read-only)__ Path to the `/usr` folder (Site.js is installed in `/usr/local/site`). You should not have any reason to use this.
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If you want to access the directory of Site.js itself (e.g., to load in the `package.json` to read the app’s version), you can use the following code:
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```js
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const appPath = require.main.filename.replace('bin/site.js', '')
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### Security

The code within your JavaScript routes is executed on the server. Exercise the same caution as you would when creating any Node.js app (sanitise input, etc.)

### Intended usage

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You shouldn’t use this functionality to create your latest amazing web app. For that, include Site.js as a node module in your project and extend it that way. This is to add tiny bits of dynamic functionality. There is currently only support for `GET` routes. Again, if you need custom modules, extend Site.js using Node.js.
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## API
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Site.js’s `createServer` method behaves like the built-in _https_ module’s `createServer` function. Anywhere you use `require('https').createServer`, you can simply replace it with:
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```js
const Site = require('@small-tech/site.js')
new Site().createServer
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### createServer([options], [requestListener])
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  - __options__ _(object)_: see [https.createServer](https://nodejs.org/api/https.html#https_https_createserver_options_requestlistener). Populates the `cert` and `key` properties from the automatically-created [nodecert](https://source.ind.ie/hypha/tools/nodecert/) or Let’s Encrypt certificates and will overwrite them if they exist in the options object you pass in. If your options has `options.global = true` set, globally-trusted TLS certificates are obtained from Let’s Encrypt using ACME TLS.
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  - __requestListener__ _(function)_: see [https.createServer](https://nodejs.org/api/https.html#https_https_createserver_options_requestlistener). If you don’t pass a request listener, Site.js will use its default one.
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    __Returns:__ [https.Server](https://nodejs.org/api/https.html#https_class_https_server) instance, configured with either locally-trusted certificates via nodecert or globally-trusted ones from Let’s Encrypt.
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const express = require('express')

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  - __port__ _(number)_: the port to serve on. Defaults to 443. (On Linux, privileges to bind to the port are automatically obtained for you.)
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  - __global__ _(boolean)_: if true, globally-trusted Let’s Encrypt certificates will be provisioned (if necessary) and used via ACME TLS. If false (default), locally-trusted certificates will be provisioned (if necessary) and used using _nodecert_.
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  - __proxyPort__ _(number)_: if provided, a proxy server will be created for the port (and `path` will be ignored).

    __Returns:__ Site instance.

__Note:__ if you want to run the site on a port < 1024 on Linux, ensure your process has the necessary privileges to bind to such ports. E.g., use:

```js
require('lib/ensure').weCanBindToPort(port, () => {
  // You can safely bind to a ‘privileged’ port on Linux now.
})
```

### serve(callback)

  - __callback__ _(function)_: a function to be called when the server is ready. This parameter is optional. Default callbacks are provided for both regular and proxy servers.

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Serve the current directory at https://localhost using locally-trusted TLS certificates:
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const Site = require('@small-tech/site.js')
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Serve the current directory at your hostname using globally-trusted Let’s Encrypt TLS certificates:
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Start a proxy server to proxy local port 1313 at your hostname:

```js
const Site = require('@small-tech/site.js')
const server = new Site().serve({proxyPort: 1313, global: true})
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## Contributing

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Site.js is [Small Technology](https://ar.al/2019/03/04/small-technology/). The emphasis is on _small_. It is, by design, a zero-configuration tool for creating and hosting single-tenant web applications. It is for humans, by humans. It is non-commercial. (It is not for enterprises, it is not for “startups”, and it is definitely not for unicorns.) As such, any new feature requests will have to be both fit for purpose and survive a trial by fire to be considered.
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Please file issues and submit pull requests on the [Site.js Github Mirror](https://github.com/small-tech/site.js).
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## Help wanted

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For locally-trusted certificates, all dependencies are installed automatically for you if they do not exist if you have apt, pacman, or yum (untested) on Linux or if you have [Homebrew](https://brew.sh/) or [MacPorts](https://www.macports.org/) (untested) on macOS.

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I can use your help to test Site.js on the following platform/package manager combinations:
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  - Linux with yum
  - macOS with MacPorts
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Please [let me know how/if it works](https://github.com/small-tech/site.js/issues). Thank you!
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## Thanks

  * [thagoat](https://github.com/thagoat) for confirming that [installation works on Arch Linux with Pacman](https://github.com/indie-mirror/https-server/issues/1).
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  * [Tim Knip](https://github.com/timknip) for confirming that [the module works with 64-bit Windows](https://github.com/indie-mirror/https-server/issues/2) with the following behaviour: “Install pops up a windows dialog to allow adding the cert.” __Note: Site.js is not supported on Windows. Please use Windows Subsystem for Linux.__
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  * [Run Rabbit Run](https://hackers.town/@nobody) for [the following information](https://hackers.town/@nobody/101670447262172957) on 64-bit Windows: “Win64: works with the windows cert install popup on server launch. Chrome and ie are ok with the site then. FF 65 still throws the cert warning even after restarting.” __Note: Site.js is not supported on Windows. Please use Windows Subsystem for Linux.__