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Instant Server for Current Directory
alias server='open http://localhost:8000 && python -m SimpleHTTPServer'
@ahmedelgabri
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This supports simple native servers for Ruby, Sinatra, PHP & fallback to Python SimpleHTTPServer as default

server() {
    local port="${2:-8000}"
    open "http://localhost:${port}/"

    if [[ "$1" == "ruby" ]]; then
        ruby -run -ehttpd . -p$port
    elif [[ "$1" == "sinatra" ]]; then
        ruby -rsinatra -e'set :public_folder, "."; set :port, $port'
    elif [[ "$1" == "php" ]]; then
        php -S localhost:$port
    else
        # Set the default Content-Type to `text/plain` instead of `application/octet-stream`
        # And serve everything as UTF-8 (although not technically correct, this doesn’t break anything for binary files)
        python -c $'import SimpleHTTPServer;\nmap = SimpleHTTPServer.SimpleHTTPRequestHandler.extensions_map;\nmap[""] = "text/plain";\nfor key, value in map.items():\n\tmap[key] = value + ";charset=UTF-8";\nSimpleHTTPServer.test();' "$port"
    fi
}

@wenerme
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wenerme commented May 21, 2015

My universal version, works with npm, python, php and can run under windows, linux and mac

# Instant Server for Current Directory
# https://gist.github.com/JeffreyWay/1525217
function server()
{
    local port=${1:-8000}
    iscmd python && {
        (sleep 1 && o "http://localhost:${port}/")&
        python -m SimpleHTTPServer ${port}
    }

    iscmd npm && (npm -g ls --depth=0 | grep server@) >/dev/null && {
        # Use npm server
        (sleep 1 && o "http://localhost:${port}/")&
        server ${port}
    }

    iscmd php && {
        (sleep 1 && o "http://localhost:${port}/")&
        php -S localhost:${port}
    }
}

Also in my dotfiles. the iscmd is defined in my dotfiles too.

@AustinMaddox
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What about running a PHP built-in development server in a Docker container?

server() {
  local port="${1:-8000}"
  local path="${2:-.}"
  (sleep 1 && open "http://localhost:${port}")&
  docker run --rm --interactive --tty --name="php-built-in-development-web-server-$port" --publish $port:$port --network="local-network" --volume "$PWD":/usr/src/myapp --workdir /usr/src/myapp --user $(id -u):$(id -g) php:7.2-alpine php -S 0.0.0.0:$port -t $path
}

Portable 😄 You don't really have to worry about Windows, Mac, Linux if it is running in Docker. 🐳

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