Quickly serve a folder via Web Server

A short one liner to quickly serve any folder via a http server.

Start the server

cd to the directory you want to serve.

Python 2.7

At the shell prompt enter python -m SimpleHTTPServer

Python 3

At the shell prompt enter python -m http.server

Access the files from your browser

When run the command will output the port which the server is available on.

You can optionally provide a port number e.g. python -m SimpleHTTPServer 8080 to set this yourself. You can only serve a single folder at each port.

Open your web browser and access http://localhost:PORT/

If you set the port number yourself access via http://localhost:8080 changing 8080 to the port number you picked.