Sometimes when prototyping I just need a HTML file and a little bit of CSS. Viewing this with a local server is a lot more true to form than opening the file in a browser. Here's how to do it in a few different languages, depending on what you have installed.
For the sake of brevity, I'm going to assume you have a file called
index.html in your current directory, and you're running the commands from that directory.
Good ol' Python makes it easy and built-in. Just run the following command:
python3 -m http.server
This will start a server on port
8000, and to change that port just pass it like so:
python3 -m http.server 8001.
Python is probably a lot more commonly installed than other options, so this is a good first one to try.
Hat tip to PHP here for keeping it simple:
php -S localhost:8000
The syntax here should look familiar, but PHP doesn't assume anything with your port, so don't forget to pass one.
Rust doesn't ship with a built-in server, but it makes it easy to get one. I've used
cargo-server project link, which you'll need to install first with
cargo install cargo-server
This isn't instant, but it's pretty quick. Once it's done, you can run the following command to get a server on port
Change the port by passing
Lastly, I use
http-server project link, which uses
npx. You can install
http-server globally, but I prefer to use
npx to avoid global installs.
http-server takes a few options, but the only one I find myself using is
-p to specify the port. By default, it uses