Simple http server

If you do lots of local development I'm sure you've run into multiple issues when running your site locally using the File protocol file:///:

  • Images with relative paths break
  • AJAX requests from local files don't work
  • External JavaScript libraries and APIs throw restriction errors

command-line http server

You could use an application like XAMPP/MAMP to create a web server, but why when you could easily use a command line instead?

The http-server package from npm is what you need to quickly start a web server with this command:

http-server -o

Run this on your root directory, and use the -o option to immediately open a browser window pointing to this location by default: http://localhost:8080.

Check the page https://www.npmjs.com/package/http-server for installation and more options.