Sometimes you need to quickly start up a webserver that serves up static files (I will describe such a case in the next post). Python to the rescue (works on both Linux and Windows if you have Python installed):
For Python 2.x (this is what most sites show you):
python -m SimpleHTTPServer 9914
For Python 3.x (thanks to this comment):
python -m http.server 9914
These will start up a webserver on port 9914, and you can access it via the address http://localhost:9914. Warning! The webserver will be available to anyone who can connect to your computer directly (unless there are other mechanisms to restrict it – like firewalls or NAT), so use your judgment!
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