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Boot up a quick development server

Booting Up A Development Server

Open a console. on Macs, your shell or whatever on PCs.

Python is easiest:

python -m SimpleHTTPServer 8000

Then go to http://localhost:8000/ in a web browser.

A nodejs junkie?

npm install -g serve

Then go to http://localhost:3000/ in a web browser.


php -S localhost:8000 works as well (see

I set the following functions in my .bashrc for quick access:

httpd_py () {
  python2 -m SimpleHTTPServer ${1:-8000}

httpd_php () {
  php -S localhost:${1:-8000}
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