werc Bringing minimalism and sanity to the web

werc - A sane web anti-framework

Werc is a minimalist web anti-framework built following the Unix and Plan 9 tool philosophy of software design.

Werc avoids the pain of managing collections of websites and developing web applications.


Here are some of the features provided by werc:

Install Requirements

All you need is some Plan 9 commands (cat, grep, sed, rc, etc.), and an HTTP server with CGI support.

Werc runs on any Unix-like system where Plan 9 from User Space, 9base, or frontport are available (this includes Linux, *BSD, OS X and Solaris), and on Plan 9.

Werc can use any HTTP server that can handle CGI, and has been tested with at least Apache, Lighttpd, Cherokee, nhttpd, Hiawatha, rc-httpd, cgd, and others.

Werc uses markdown by default (and the standard Perl markdown is included with the distribution), to format documents, but any other formatting system can be used.


To get a copy of the latest development code using mercurial, do:

   hg clone https://code.9front.org/hg/werc/

You can also browse the online repository.


For questions, suggestions, bug reports and contributing patches you can join the werc mailing list. To join, send a message with a body consisting only of the word subscribe to werc-owner@cat-v.org. After you get the confirmation notice, you can post by sending messages to werc@cat-v.org.

To track commit messages, you can join the werc-commits mailing list. To join, send a message with a body consisting only of the word subscribe to werc-commits-owner@cat-v.org.

On irc, join #cat-v on irc.oftc.org


Public domain, because so called ‘intellectual property’ is an oxymoron.

Alternatively if your prefer it or your country’s brain dead copyright law doesn’t recognize the public domain werc is made available under the terms of the MIT and ISC licenses.


Thanks to Uriel for creating werc.

Thanks to Kris Maglione (aka JG) for implementing rss feeds, for writing the awk rc-templating system, and other help and inspiration (some parts of the code were based on JG’s diri wiki).

Thanks to Mechiel (aka oksel) for the md_cache script.

Thanks Garbeam (aka arg) for writing the original diri code and showing that writing complex web apps in rc was feasible.

Thanks to Ethan Gardner for writing rc-httpd.

And thanks to everyone else whom we may have forgotten and that has provided fixes and feedback.

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