Droopy: easy file receiving
What is it ?
Droopy is a mini Web server whose sole purpose is to let others upload files to your computer.
Say you’re chatting with a friend on MSN Messenger (perhaps with the excellent pidgin ?). She wants to send you amazing photos she took last week-end, so she uses Messenger file transfer. Unfortunately, the zip file is over 50 MB and it’s painfully slow. Now relax, droopy comes to rescue.
Does it work on my computer ?
You can use it on Unix (Linux, BSD, MacOSX) and Windows. Droopy is a python script so you’ll need to have Python installed.
How to use it ?
Note: A tutorial on how to set up Droopy on Windows was very kindly written by Ronan. The rest of this section focuses on Linux and MacOSX.
Droopy is a command-line program. I’ll suppose you’ve downloaded and saved the file in
~/bin/. Go to the directory where you want the uploaded files to be stored, for example:
mkdir ~/uploads cd ~/uploads
Then, run droopy. You can give a message and a picture to display:
python ~/bin/droopy -m "Hi, it's me Bob. You can send me a file." -p ~/avatar.png
And it’s up and running on port 8000 of you computer. Check it out at http://localhost:8000, and give your computer’s address to your friends.
droopy -h to see all options:
Usage: droopy [options] [PORT] Options: -h, --help show this help message and exit -d DIRECTORY, --directory DIRECTORY set the directory to upload files to -m MESSAGE, --message MESSAGE set the message -p PICTURE, --picture PICTURE set the picture --dl provide download links --save-config save options in a configuration file --delete-config delete the configuration file and exit
Droopy is a free software distributed under the BSD License. There’s a git repository at http://gitorious.org/droopy. New releases are announced on Freshmeat.
Feedback and contribution
I’d love to hear about your experience using droopy. If you have ideas to improve it, please let me know. Pierre – firstname.lastname@example.org.