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HTTP::Daemon::SSL - a simple http server class with SSL support


  use HTTP::Daemon::SSL;
  use HTTP::Status;
  # Make sure you have a certs/ directory with "server-cert.pem"
  # and "server-key.pem" in it before running this!
  my $d = HTTP::Daemon::SSL->new || die;
  print "Please contact me at: <URL:", $d->url, ">\n";
  while (my $c = $d->accept) {
      while (my $r = $c->get_request) {
          if ($r->method eq 'GET' and $r->url->path eq "/xyzzy") {
              # remember, this is *not* recommened practice :-)
          } else {


Instances of the HTTP::Daemon::SSL class are HTTP/1.1 servers that listen on a socket for incoming requests. The HTTP::Daemon::SSL is a sub-class of IO::Socket::SSL, so you can perform socket operations directly on it too.

The accept() method will return when a connection from a client is available. In a scalar context the returned value will be a reference to a object of the HTTP::Daemon::ClientConn::SSL class which is another IO::Socket::SSL subclass. In a list context a two-element array is returned containing the new HTTP::Daemon::ClientConn::SSL reference and the peer address; the list will be empty upon failure. (Note that version
1.02 erroneously did not honour list context). Calling the get_request() method on the HTTP::Daemon::ClientConn::SSL object will read data from the client and return an HTTP::Request object reference.

This HTTPS daemon does not fork(2) for you. Your application, i.e. the user of the HTTP::Daemon::SSL is reponsible for forking if that is desirable. Also note that the user is responsible for generating responses that conform to the HTTP/1.1 protocol. The HTTP::Daemon::ClientConn class provides some methods that make this easier.


The following methods are the only differences from the HTTP::Daemon base class:

$d = new HTTP::Daemon::SSL
The constructor takes the same parameters as the IO::Socket::SSL constructor. It can also be called without specifying any parameters, but you will have to make sure that you have an SSL certificate and key for the server in certs/server-cert.pem and certs/server-key.pem. See the IO::Socket::SSL documentation for how to change these default locations and specify many other aspects of SSL behavior. The daemon will then set up a listen queue of 5 connections and allocate some random port number. A server that wants to bind to some specific address on the standard HTTPS port will be constructed like this:

  $d = new HTTP::Daemon::SSL
        LocalAddr => '',
        LocalPort => 443;


RFC 2068

IO::Socket::SSL, HTTP::Daemon, Apache


Code and documentation from HTTP::Daemon Copyright 1996-2001, Gisle Aas Changes Copyright 2003-2004, Peter Behroozi

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.


Hey! The above document had some coding errors, which are explained below:

You forgot a '=back' before '=head1'
2010-12-08 perl v5.40.0