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gb or gopherball is a gopher server written in Python with the main goals of ease of use and integration. The name gopherball is inspired by a recurring theme in the Calvin & Hobbes comicbooks and a tongue in cheek reference of an alternative to the World Wide Web as we know it today.


Quick examples to get you running.

gb --mode=implicit . will start a gopher server on port 7070 serving a recursive index of files starting from the current directory.

gb --mode=implicit --magic . will start gb in magic-mode on port 7070. Magic mode will make gb guess at filetypes.

gb --mode=implicit --host="" --port 1025 . will start gb in implicit mode on the chosen ip and port. Note that using ports under 1024 requires superuser permissions!


gb is written with the help of Python 3.5 and higher and the Tornado framework for its networking.


gb has one main mode of operation that is commonly used. More modes are planned for the future.


Implicit mode serves a directory recursively. Indexes are automatically generated and text files are served to the client. Data files are also supported.


gb will serve all non-directories as type 9 files, these are non-readable files and most clients will prompt for download. Turning on magic with --magic will let gb try to determine the correct filetypes.


The source code for gb lives on GitHub where you can also submit issues and pull requests. It mostly needs help by people with the ability to test in various clients and libraries that might still support the gopher protocol.