cherokee(1) Cherokee Web Server


cherokee [options]


cherokee is an extremely fast, flexible and embeddable web server.


This command will launch the Cherokee webserver. It accepts the following options:
-h, --help
Prints a brief help message and terminates execution
-V, --version
Prints Cherokee's version and terminates execution
-t, --test
Perform a sanity check on the configuration file. The server will not run.
-d, --detach
Launches the server as a background process (default behaviour is to stay attached to the controlling terminal).
-C, --config=PATH
Specifies an alternative path for the configuration file to use instead of the default cherokee.conf
-p, --port=PORT
TCP port number to which the server will listen.
-r, --documentroot=PATH
Launches a server exposing statically the specified directory. When launched with -r, the configuration file is ignored, and the Cherokee instance runs with its default values.
-i, --print
Print server technical information.


The following signals are supported by Cherokee:
SIGHUP, Restarts the server gracefully
SIGUSR1, Restarts the server closing all the opened connections
SIGUSR2, Reopens the log files


Bug reports

I would appreciate hearing of any problems you have with Cherokee. I would also like to hear from you if you have successfully used Cherokee, especially if you are using it for a distribution.

Report bugs to

There is a mailing list for discussion among Cherokee users and for announcements of new and test versions. To join, send a message to [email protected] with the line:

subscribe cherokee

in the body of the message. The submission address is [email protected].


Alvaro Lopez Ortega <[email protected]>.