# WebP Server in Rust

Generate WebP images for JPG / PNG files on-the-fly with Rust! BlueCocoa/webp_server_rs

Speaking of switching to WebP image, at the first glance, I just did it in a very naive approach.

Then @Nova wrote a Node.JS server that can serve JPG/PNGs as WebP format on-the-fly. You can find that at n0vad3v/webp_server.

A few days ago, @Nova and @Benny rewrite the WebP Server in Golang, webp-sh/webp_server_go

And that looks really promising, the size of the webp server, according to its description, had greatly reduced from 43 MB to 15 MB, and it is a single binary instead of webp_server with node_modules.

I cloned that project and added a tiny feature. However, I just found that although it is absolutely easy to implement the tiny feature, there is a potential design issue with the fasthttp module. In order to get everything work, it took me about 4 hours to debug on it.

Finally, it turned out to be a pointer of an internal variable (ctx.Request.uri, or so) was directly returned from ctx.Path(), and if users invoke ctx.SendFile(filepath), the ctx.Request.uri will be set to filepath, which will also propagate to all variables that hold the shared value of ctx.Path(). You may visit my previous blog post for details.

Well, in aforementioned blog post, I said that it would be better if it was written in Rust. Now, let's make it come true and push the WebP server even further.

There are some comparisons among n0vad3v/webp_server, webp-sh/webp_server_go and BlueCocoa/webp_server_rs.

As for size,

• webp_server(nodejs) with node_modules takes 43 MB
• webp-server(go) has reduced to 15 MB, and it's single binary
• webp-server(Rust) pushes that even further, only 3.6 MB on macOS and 6.4 MB on Linux

In terms of convenience, you can just download the binary file and run if you choose either webp-server(go) or webp-server(Rust). However, webp_server(nodejs) requires pm2 to run.

Performance, to be honest, I haven't got time to run some benchmarks on them. But IMHO it (webp-server(Rust)) should be as fast as golang version.

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## 3 thoughts on “WebP Server in Rust”

1. BlueCocoa says:

啊啊啊啊啊 这个表情好可爱！
（这个是坐在桌子前了吗/