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Cowboy is a small, fast and modular HTTP server written in Erlang.


Cowboy aims to provide a complete HTTP stack in a small code base.
It is optimized for low latency and low memory usage, in part
because it uses binary strings.

Cowboy provides routing capabilities, selectively dispatching requests
to handlers written in Erlang.

Because it uses Ranch for managing connections, Cowboy can easily be
embedded in any other application.

No parameterized module. No process dictionary. Clean Erlang code.


The SPDY implementation was sponsored by
LeoFS Cloud Storage.

The project is currently sponsored by

Online documentation

Offline documentation

  • While still online, run make docs
  • Function reference man pages available in doc/man3/ and doc/man7/
  • Run make install-docs to install man pages on your system
  • Full documentation in Markdown available in doc/markdown/
  • Examples available in examples/

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