Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Minimalist Web Server

As modern browsers are restricting access from HTML pages to local files, it is becoming necessary to serve them from a web server. For this purpose it is an overkill to install or even just set up a site in Apache or IIS. In the past I've used Tiny Web Server (link) but nowadays there are better options.
Currently, my preferred option is using Node.js with node-static (link).
See the code below or click here to see it on Github.Gist.

This requires node-static to be installed. The most convenient way is to add it as a dependency to the package.json, like this:
and run "npm install".
Then, simply add index.html or other static files and the server is up and running.

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