Sometimes, you just want to quickly fire up a webserver serving files in the current directory, whether on the PI or on your PC. If you have python installed, you are in luck. Python comes with a built-in webserver module.

Python 2

python -m SimpleHTTPServer 80

Python 3

python -m http.server 80

If you then fire up a web browser and type http://localhost:80 or if you are on another computer http://:80 If there is something already on port 80, just choose another port.

I have found this incredibly useful for 2 purposes:

  1. Just want to quicky look serve HTML files scattered around different places on my computer
  2. Transfer files between my PC and an ebook reader

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