May 202010

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.

Why ? 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 ? 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.

Type droopy -h to see all options:

Usage: droopy [options] [PORT]


-h, --help                            show this help message and exit

-m MESSAGE, --message=MESSAGE         set the message

-p PICTURE, --picture=PICTURE         set the picture

-d DIRECTORY, --directory=DIRECTORY   set the directory to upload files to

--save-config                         save options in a configuration file

--delete-config                       delete the configuration file and exit

License: Droopy is free software distributed under the Python Software Foundation License.

[download droopy]

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