Ferdinand Keil's

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Jan 29, 2022

Quickly Serve a Local Directory

When working on HTML files some things won't work if they're just opened from the local hard-drive. The solution is to present them to your browser through some kind of webserver. Setting up a proper webserver like nginx or Apache would be overkill here.

But if Python is available in your environment, everything you need is already there 🤩. This command

python3 -m http.server --bind 8000

will serve the current directory on port 8000! Adding --bind makes sure that the server is only available locally.

To wrap this up into a handy command called serve, just add the following code to your .bash_aliases [*].

alias serve='python3 -m http.server --bind 8000'
[*]If you're not using bash I assume you know where to put this 😬.