Stopping a web server using a web request

This is an example Go program which demonstrates stopping a web server using a user request. The server prints a message to the web page before it shuts itself down.

package main

import (

var cancel context.CancelFunc
var ctx context.Context
var server *http.Server

func servePage(w http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request) {
        command := r.FormValue("command")
        if command == "stop" {
                fmt.Fprintf(w, "I am stopping.\n")
                log.Printf("Stopping at user request.\n")
        log.Printf("Serving a page %s.\n", r.RequestURI)
        fmt.Fprintf(w, `<html>
I am a web server.</p>
<button name="command" value="stop">Stop the web server</button>

func main() {
        http.HandleFunc("/", servePage)
        ctx, cancel = context.WithCancel(context.Background())
        server = &http.Server{Addr: ":8080"}
        go func() {
                err := server.ListenAndServe()
                switch err {
                case http.ErrServerClosed:
                        log.Printf("The server has shut itself down.\n")
                        log.Printf("Error from server: %s\n", err)
        err := server.Shutdown(context.Background())
        if err != nil {
                log.Printf("Error shutting down server: %s\n", err)


The output of the example, given first a request to run, and then after pressing the stop button, looks like this:

2023/03/13 14:18:39 Serving a page /.
2023/03/13 14:18:39 Serving a page /favicon.ico.
2023/03/13 14:18:40 Stopping at user request.
2023/03/13 14:18:40 The server has shut itself down.

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