=head1 NAME

Mojolicious::Guides::Cookbook - Cookbook


Cooking with L<Mojolicious>, recipes for every taste.


Getting L<Mojolicious> and L<Mojolicious::Lite> applications running on
different platforms.

=head2 Builtin Server

L<Mojolicious> contains a very portable HTTP 1.1 compliant web server.
It is usually used during development but is solid and fast enough for small
to mid sized applications.

  % ./script/myapp daemon
  Server available at

It has many configuration options and is known to work on every platform
Perl works on.

  % ./script/myapp help daemon
  ...List of available options...

Another huge advantage is that it supports TLS and WebSockets out of the box.

  % ./script/myapp daemon --listen https://*:3000
  Server available at

A development certificate for testing purposes is built right in, so it just

=head2 Hypnotoad

For bigger applications L<Mojolicious> contains the UNIX optimized preforking
web server L<Mojo::Server::Hypnotoad> that will allow you to take advantage
of multiple cpu cores and copy-on-write.

  |- Mojo::Server::Daemon [1]
  |- Mojo::Server::Daemon [2]
  |- Mojo::Server::Daemon [3]
  `- Mojo::Server::Daemon [4]

It is based on the normal builtin web server but optimized specifically for
production environments out of the box.

  % hypnotoad script/myapp
  Server available at

Config files are plain Perl scripts for maximal customizability.

  # hypnotoad.conf
  {listen => ['http://*:80'], workers => 10};

But one of its biggest advantages is the support for effortless zero downtime
software upgrades.
That means you can upgrade L<Mojolicious>, Perl or even system libraries at
runtime without ever stopping the server or losing a single incoming
connection, just by sending it a C<USR2> signal.

  % kill -s 'USR2' `cat hypnotoad.pid`

=head2 Nginx

One of the most popular setups these days is the builtin web server behind a
Nginx reverse proxy.

  upstream myapp {
  server {
    listen 80;
    server_name localhost;
    location / {
      proxy_read_timeout 300;
      proxy_pass http://myapp;
      proxy_set_header Host $http_host;
      proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;

You might also want to enable reverse proxy support in C<hypnotoad>.
This allows L<Mojolicious> to automatically pick up the C<X-Forwarded-For>,
C<X-Forwarded-Host> and C<X-Forwarded-HTTPS> headers.

  # hypnotoad.conf
  {proxy => 1};

=head2 Apache/CGI

C<CGI> is supported out of the box and your L<Mojolicious> application will
automatically detect that it is executed as a C<CGI> script.

  ScriptAlias / /home/sri/myapp/script/myapp/

=head2 Apache/FastCGI

C<FastCGI> is also supported out of the box and your L<Mojolicious>
application will automatically detect that it is executed as a C<FastCGI>

  FastCgiIpcDir /home/sri/myapp
  FastCgiServer /home/sri/myapp/script/myapp -processes 1
  Alias / /home/sri/myapp/script/myapp/

=head2 PSGI/Plack

L<PSGI> is an interface between Perl web frameworks and web servers, and
L<Plack> is a Perl module and toolkit that contains PSGI middleware, helpers
and adapters to web servers.
L<PSGI> and L<Plack> are inspired by Python's WSGI and Ruby's Rack.
L<Mojolicious> applications are ridiculously simple to deploy with L<Plack>.

  % plackup ./script/myapp
  HTTP::Server::PSGI: Accepting connections at http://0:5000/

L<Plack> provides many server and protocol adapters for you to choose from
such as C<FCGI>, C<SCGI> and C<mod_perl>.
Make sure to run C<plackup> from your applications home directory, otherwise
libraries might not be found.

  % plackup ./script/myapp -s FCGI -l /tmp/myapp.sock

Because C<plackup> uses a weird trick to load your script, L<Mojolicious> is
not always able to detect the applications home directory, if thats the case
you can simply use the C<MOJO_HOME> environment variable.
Also note that C<app-E<gt>start> needs to be the last Perl statement in the
application script for the same reason.

  % MOJO_HOME=/home/sri/myapp plackup ./script/myapp
  HTTP::Server::PSGI: Accepting connections at http://0:5000/

Some server adapters might ask for a C<.psgi> file, if thats the case you can
just point them at your application script because it will automatically
act like one if it detects the presence of a C<PLACK_ENV> environment

=head2 Apache/mod_perl (PSGI/Plack)

C<mod_perl> is a good example for a L<PSGI> adapter that is used without
C<plackup>, note that setting the C<PLACK_ENV> environment variable is
required for L<Mojolicious> L<PSGI> detection.

  <VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerName localhost
    DocumentRoot /home/sri/myapp/public

      $ENV{PLACK_ENV} = 'production';
      $ENV{MOJO_HOME} = '/home/sri/myapp';

    <Location /myapp>
      SetHandler perl-script
      PerlHandler Plack::Handler::Apache2
      PerlSetVar psgi_app /home/sri/myapp/script/myapp

=head2 Rewriting

Sometimes you might have to deploy your application in a blackbox environment
where you can't just change the server configuration or behind a reverse
proxy that passes along additional information with C<X-*> headers.
In such cases you can use a C<before_dispatch> hook to rewrite incoming

  app->hook(before_dispatch => sub {
    my $self = shift;
      if $self->req->headers->header('X-Forwarded-Protocol') eq 'https';

=head2 Embedding

You can also use the builtin web server to embed L<Mojolicious> applications
into alien environments like foreign event loops.

  use Mojolicious::Lite;
  use Mojo::Server::Daemon;

  # Normal action
  get '/' => sub {
    my $self = shift;
    $self->render(text => 'Hello World!');

  # Connect application with custom daemon
  my $daemon =
    Mojo::Server::Daemon->new(app => app, listen => ['http://*:8080']);

  # Call "one_tick" repeatedly from the alien environment
  $daemon->ioloop->one_tick while 1;


When we say L<Mojolicious> is a web framework we actually mean it.

=head2 Web Scraping

Scraping information from web sites has never been this much fun before.
The built in XML/HTML5 parser L<Mojo::DOM> supports all CSS3 selectors that
make sense for a standalone parser.

  # Fetch web site
  my $ua = Mojo::UserAgent->new;
  my $tx = $ua->get('mojolicio.us/perldoc');

  # Extract title
  print 'Title: ', $tx->res->dom->at('head > title')->text, "\n";

  # Extract headers
  $tx->res->dom('h1, h2, h3')->each(sub {
    print 'Header: ', shift->all_text, "\n";

Especially for unit testing your L<Mojolicious> applications this can be a
very powerful tool.

=head2 JSON Web Services

Most web services these days are based on the JSON data-interchange format.
That's why L<Mojolicious> comes with the possibly fastest pure-Perl
implementation L<Mojo::JSON> built right in.

  # Fresh user agent
  my $ua = Mojo::UserAgent->new;

  # Fetch the latest news about Mojolicious from Twitter
  my $search = 'http://search.twitter.com/search.json?q=Mojolicious';
  for $tweet (@{$ua->get($search)->res->json->{results}}) {

    # Tweet text
    my $text = $tweet->{text};

    # Twitter user
    my $user = $tweet->{from_user};

    # Show both
    my $result = "$text --$user\n\n";
    utf8::encode $result;
    print $result;

=head2 Basic Authentication

You can just add username and password to the URL.

  my $ua = Mojo::UserAgent->new;
  print $ua->get('https://sri:secret@mojolicio.us/hideout')->res->body;

=head2 Decorating Followup Requests

L<Mojo::UserAgent> can automatically follow redirects, the C<on_start>
callback allows you direct access to each transaction right after they have
been initialized and before a connection gets associated with them.

  # User agent following up to 10 redirects
  my $ua = Mojo::UserAgent->new(max_redirects => 10);

  # Add a witty header to every request
  $ua->on_start(sub {
    my $tx = pop;
    $tx->req->headers->header('X-Bender' => 'Bite my shiny metal ass!');
    print 'Request: ', $tx->req->url->clone->to_abs, "\n";

  # Request that will most likely get redirected
  print 'Title: ',
    $ua->get('google.com')->res->dom->at('head > title')->text, "\n";

This even works for proxy C<CONNECT> requests.

=head2 Streaming Response

Receiving a streaming response can be really tricky in most HTTP clients,
L<Mojo::UserAgent> makes it actually easy.

  my $ua = Mojo::UserAgent->new;
  my $tx = $ua->build_tx(GET => 'http://mojolicio.us');
  $tx->res->body(sub { print $_[1] });

The C<body> callback will be called for every chunk of data that is received,
even C<chunked> encoding will be handled transparently if necessary.

=head2 Streaming Request

Sending a streaming request is almost just as easy.

  my $ua      = Mojo::UserAgent->new;
  my $tx      = $ua->build_tx(GET => 'http://mojolicio.us');
  my $content = 'Hello world!';
  $tx->req->headers->content_length(length $content);
  my $drain;
  $drain = sub {
    my $req   = shift;
    my $chunk = substr $content, 0, 1, '';
    $drain    = undef unless length $content;
    $req->write($chunk, $drain);

The drain callback passed to C<write> will be invoked whenever the entire
previous chunk has been written to the kernel send buffer.

=head2 Large File Downloads

When downloading large files with L<Mojo::UserAgent> you don't have to worry
about memory usage at all, because it will automatically stream everything
above C<250KB> into a temporary file.

  # Lets fetch the latest Mojolicious tarball
  my $ua = Mojo::UserAgent->new(max_redirects => 5);
  my $tx = $ua->get('latest.mojolicio.us');

To protect you from excessively large files there is also a global limit of
C<5MB> by default, which you can tweak with the C<MOJO_MAX_MESSAGE_SIZE>
environment variable.

  # Increase limit to 1GB
  $ENV{MOJO_MAX_MESSAGE_SIZE} = 1073741824;

=head2 Large File Upload

Uploading a large file is even easier.

  # Upload file via POST and "multipart/form-data"
  my $ua = Mojo::UserAgent->new;
    {image => {file => '/Users/sri/hello.png'}});

And once again you don't have to worry about memory usage, all data will be
streamed directly from the file.

  # Upload file via PUT
  my $ua     = Mojo::UserAgent->new;
  my $asset  = Mojo::Asset::File->new(path => '/Users/sri/hello.png');
  my $tx     = $ua->build_tx(PUT => 'mojolicio.us/upload');

=head2 Non-Blocking

L<Mojo::UserAgent> has been designed from the ground up to be non-blocking,
the whole blocking API is just a simple convenience wrapper.
Especially for high latency tasks like web crawling this can be extremely
useful, because you can keep many parallel connections active at the same

  # FIFO queue
  my @urls = qw/google.com/;

  # User agent following up to 5 redirects
  my $ua = Mojo::UserAgent->new(max_redirects => 5);

  # Crawler
  my $crawl;
  $crawl = sub {
    my $id = shift;

    # Dequeue or wait for more URLs
    return Mojo::IOLoop->timer(2 => sub { $crawl->($id) })
      unless my $url = shift @urls;

    # Fetch non-blocking just by adding a callback
    $ua->get($url => sub {
      my $tx = pop;

      # Extract URLs
      print "[$id] $url\n";
      $tx->res->dom('a[href]')->each(sub {
        my $e = shift;

        # Build absolute URL
        my $url = Mojo::URL->new($e->attrs('href'))->to_abs($tx->req->url);
        print " -> $url\n";

        # Enqueue
        push @urls, $url;

      # Next

  # Start a bunch of parallel crawlers sharing the same user agent
  $crawl->($_) for 1 .. 3;

  # Start event loop

You can take full control of the L<Mojo::IOLoop> event loop.

=head2 Command Line

Don't you hate checking huge HTML files from the command line?
Thanks to the C<mojo get> command that is about to change.
You can just pick the parts that actually matter with the CSS3 selectors from

  % mojo get http://mojolicio.us 'head > title'

How about a list of all id attributes?

  % mojo get http://mojolicio.us '*' attr id

Or the text content of all header tags?

  % mojo get http://mojolicio.us 'h1, h2, h3' text

Maybe just the text of the third header?

  % mojo get http://mojolicio.us 'h1, h2, h3' 3 text

You can also extract all text from nested child elements.

  % mojo get http://mojolicio.us '#mojobar' all

The request can be customized as well.

  % mojo get --method post --content 'Hello!' http://mojolicio.us
  % mojo get --header 'X-Bender: Bite my shiny metal ass!' http://google.com

You can follow redirects and view the headers for all messages.

  % mojo get --redirect --verbose http://reddit.com 'head > title'

This can be an invaluable tool for testing your applications.

  % ./myapp.pl get /welcome 'head > title'

=head1 HACKS

Fun hacks you might not use very often but that might come in handy some day.

=head2 Making Your Application Installable

Ever thought about releasing your L<Mojolicious> application to CPAN?
It's actually much easier than you might think.

  % mojo generate app
  % cd my_mojolicious_app
  % mv public lib/MyMojoliciousApp/
  % mv templates lib/MyMojoliciousApp/

The trick is to move the C<public> and C<templates> directories so they can
get automatically installed with the modules.

  package MyMojoliciousApp;
  use Mojo::Base 'Mojolicious';

  use File::Basename 'dirname';
  use File::Spec;

  # Every CPAN module needs a version
  our $VERSION = '1.0';

  sub startup {
    my $self = shift;

    # Switch to installable home directory
      File::Spec->catdir(dirname(__FILE__), 'MyMojoliciousApp'));

    # Switch to installable "public" directory

    # Switch to installable "templates" directory


    my $r = $self->routes;


Thats really everything, now you can package your application like any other
CPAN module.

  % ./script/my_mojolicious_app generate makefile
  % perl Makefile.PL
  % make test
  % make manifest
  % make dist

=head2 Hello World

If every byte matters this is the smallest C<Hello World> application you can
write with L<Mojolicious::Lite>.

  use Mojolicious::Lite;
  any {text => 'Hello World!'};

It works because all routes without a pattern default to C</> and automatic
rendering kicks in even if no actual code gets executed by the router.
The renderer just picks up the C<text> value from the stash and generates a

=head2 Hello World Oneliner

The C<Hello World> example above can get even a little bit shorter in an
L<ojo> oneliner.

  perl -Mojo -e'a({text => "Hello World!"})->start' daemon

And you can use all the commands from L<Mojolicious::Commands>.

  perl -Mojo -e'a({text => "Hello World!"})->start' get -v /

=head2 Keeping Mojolicious Up-To-Date

This tasty oneliner will keep your L<Mojolicious> as fresh as possible.

  sudo sh -c "curl -L cpanmin.us | perl - http://latest.mojolicio.us"

=head2 jQuery (Content Distribution Network)

These days L<Mojolicious> ships with a bundled version of jQuery, which you
can easily use as a fallback for applications that might be used offline from
time to time.

  <%= javascript
    'http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.5/jquery.min.js' %>
  <%= javascript begin %>
    if (typeof jQuery == 'undefined') {
      var e = document.createElement('script');
      e.src = '/js/jquery.js';
      e.type = 'text/javascript';
  <% end %>

=head1 MORE

You can continue with L<Mojolicious::Guides> now or take a look at the
Mojolicious wiki L<http://github.com/kraih/mojo/wiki>, which contains a lot
more documentation and examples by many different authors.