Cowboy is a small, fast and modern HTTP server for Erlang/OTP.
Cowboy aims to provide a complete xref:modern_web[modern Web stack].
This includes HTTP/1.1, HTTP/2, Websocket, Server-Sent Events and
Cowboy comes with functions for introspection and tracing, enabling
developers to know precisely what is happening at any time. Its modular
design also easily enable developers to add instrumentation.
Cowboy is a high quality project. It has a small code base, is very
efficient (both in latency and memory use) and can easily be embedded
in another application.
Cowboy is clean Erlang code. It includes hundreds of tests and its code
is fully compliant with the Dialyzer. It is also well documented and
features a Function Reference, a User Guide and numerous Tutorials.
Beginner Erlang knowledge is recommended for reading this guide.
Knowledge of the HTTP protocol is recommended but not required, as it
will be detailed throughout the guide.
=== Supported platforms
Cowboy is tested and supported on Linux, FreeBSD, Windows and OSX.
Cowboy has been reported to work on other platforms, but we make no
guarantee that the experience will be safe and smooth. You are advised
to perform the necessary testing and security audits prior to deploying
on other platforms.
Cowboy is developed for Erlang/OTP 19.0 and newer.
Cowboy uses the ISC License.
Copyright (c) 2011-2017, Loïc Hoguin <[email protected]>
Permission to use, copy, modify, and/or distribute this software for any
purpose with or without fee is hereby granted, provided that the above
copyright notice and this permission notice appear in all copies.
THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS" AND THE AUTHOR DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES
WITH REGARD TO THIS SOFTWARE INCLUDING ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF
MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHOR BE LIABLE FOR
ANY SPECIAL, DIRECT, INDIRECT, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR ANY DAMAGES
WHATSOEVER RESULTING FROM LOSS OF USE, DATA OR PROFITS, WHETHER IN AN
ACTION OF CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE OR OTHER TORTIOUS ACTION, ARISING OUT OF
OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THIS SOFTWARE.
Cowboy uses http://semver.org/[Semantic Versioning 2.0.0].
In the HTTP protocol, the method name is case sensitive. All standard
method names are uppercase.
Header names are case insensitive. When using HTTP/1.1, Cowboy converts
all the request header names to lowercase. HTTP/2 requires clients to
send them as lowercase. Any other header name is expected to be provided
lowercased, including when querying information about the request or
when sending responses.
The same applies to any other case insensitive value.