Merecat started out as a pun at Mongoose, but is now useful for actual web serving purposes. It is however not a real Meerkat, merely yet another copycat, forked from the great thttpd created by Jef Poskanzer.
Merecat expands on the features originally offered by thttpd, but still has a limited feature set:
- Virtual hosts
- URL-traffic-based throttling
- HTTP/1.1 Keep-alive
- Built-in gzip deflate using zlib
- HTTPS support using OpenSSL/LibreSSL, works with Let’s Encrypt!
- Dual server support, both HTTP/HTTPS from one process
- HTTP redirect, to gently redirect a HTTP server to HTTPS
- Native PHP support, using
php-cgiif enabled in
The first landing page after installation can be seen here:
The resulting footprint (~140 kiB) makes it quick and suitable for small and embedded systems!
Issue tracker and GIT repository available at GitHub: