Go - Minimal HTTP Server

Card Puncher Data Processing


This article is showing you how to create a minimal HTTP server.

Minimal Server

  • Main
func main() {
        // A handler pattern that ends with a slash matches any URL that has the pattern as a prefix.
	http.HandleFunc("/", handler) // each request calls the handler function which gives the path as output
        http.HandleFunc("/count", counter) // each count request calls counter
        http.HandleFunc("/echo", echo) // echo the HTTP request
	log.Fatal(http.ListenAndServe("localhost:8000", nil))
  • handler echoes the Path component of the requested URL.
func handler(w http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request) {
	fmt.Fprintf(w, "URL.Path = %q\n", r.URL.Path)
  • If two concurrent requests try to update count at the same time, it might not be incremented consistently the program would have a serious bug called a race condition. mu.Lock prevents that.
func counter(w http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request) {
	fmt.Fprintf(w, "Count %d\n", count)
func echo(w http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request) {
	fmt.Fprintf(w, "%s %s %s\n", r.Method, r.URL, r.Proto)
	for k, v := range r.Header {
		fmt.Fprintf(w, "Header[%q] = %q\n", k, v)
	fmt.Fprintf(w, "Host = %q\n", r.Host)
	fmt.Fprintf(w, "RemoteAddr = %q\n", r.RemoteAddr)
	if err := r.ParseForm(); err != nil {
	for k, v := range r.Form {
		fmt.Fprintf(w, "Form[%q] = %q\n", k, v)
GET /echo?q=1 HTTP/1.1
Header["Upgrade-Insecure-Requests"] = ["1"]
Header["Cache-Control"] = ["max-age=0"]
Header["User-Agent"] = ["Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; WOW64; rv:51.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/51.0"]
Header["Accept"] = ["text/html,application/xhtml+xml,application/xml;q=0.9,*/*;q=0.8"]
Header["Accept-Language"] = ["en,nl;q=0.7,en-US;q=0.3"]
Header["Accept-Encoding"] = ["gzip, deflate"]
Header["Connection"] = ["keep-alive"]
Host = "localhost:8000"
RemoteAddr = ""
Form["q"] = ["1"]

Discover More
Web - Server

A web server is a HTTP server that respond to HTTP request, generally returning a web page (HTML) (but it can serve any type of files). The request is handled: by native handlers (module) (if the server...

Share this page:
Follow us:
Task Runner