Server Tool

The ServerCommand lets you stand up a simple webserver using the built in PHP webserver. While this server is not intended for production use it can be handy in development when you want to quickly try an idea out and don’t want to spend time configuring Apache or Nginx. You can start the server shell with:

bin/cake server

You should see the server boot up and attach to port 8765. You can visit the CLI server by visiting http://localhost:8765 in your web-browser. You can close the server by pressing CTRL-C in your terminal.


Try bin/cake server -H if the server is unreachable from other hosts.

Changing the Port and Document Root

You can customize the port and document root using options:

bin/cake server --port 8080 --document_root path/to/app