Quick, Simple Python Server


A small tip that comes in handy for local testing and development – run your own Python server in 1 terminal command.

If Python is installed* (and it is on Macs by default), go to the directory containing the files you want served, and enter the following in your terminal:

python -m SimpleHTTPServer

By default the files will be served on port 8000. In a browser, go to localhost:8000 to have some files served up. Mmmm, files.

That’s it! You have a server running locally.

If you’d like to change from the default port to another, add your preferred port number after the command, e.g.:

python -m SimpleHTTPServer 3000

Your files will be served on port 3000.



* Check with python –version in your terminal

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