Published Nov 13 2018
A common need you can have is to spin up a Web Server from a particular folder in your system.
You have absolutely no time to configure a proper web server like Apache or Nginx because this is just for a few minutes or for testing your app.
How do you do so?
Depending on the language you prefer, you might already have all you need.
npm install -g http-server
and then run
http-server in the folder you want to expose through your server.
By default it will start the server on port 8080, but you can change it using the
-p flag (see more options by running
If you use Python and have it installed, just run
python -m SimpleHTTPServer 8080
python -m http.server 8080
to start a local server on port 8080.
If you use PHP and you run a modern version of it, run
php -S localhost:8080
I wrote an entire book on this topic 👇