# File Resolving Handler
If you just want to serve plain files from directory, look no further than the FileResolvingHandler. It is a pre-made request handler that you can use in your server to serve files for a specified directory.
In the example below, we create a new FileResolvingHandler that will serve content from a
static-content directory, relative to where the program's working directory.
auto fileHandler = new FileResolvingHandler("static-content"); new HttpServer(fileHandler).start();
# Directory Resolution Strategies
There are a few different ways that the FileResolvingHandler can deal with requests to directories:
- Try to find an "index" file and serve that (like
- Show a listing of all entries in the directory.
- Return a 404 Not Found response.
You can configure the strategy that's used via the
directoryResolutionStrategy constructor argument. It defaults to
listDirContentsAndServeIndexFiles, but can be set via any of the following strategies defined in DirectoryResolutionStrategies:
| ||Tries to serve index files, and if none are found, shows a directory listing.|
| ||Shows a directory listing.|
| ||Tries to serve index files, or 404 if none are found.|
| ||Always return a 404.|
Here's an example where we configure a handler to serve index files, but not show a directory listing:
auto fileHandler = new FileResolvingHandler( "static-content", DirectoryResolutionStrategies.serveIndexFiles ); new HttpServer(fileHandler).start();