I'm looking for a program for Windows that can straightforwardly make a directory accessible over HTTP.

Any license, OS or price is fine. Preference for portable programs.

The same question was posted by Martin R-L but it was closed as off-topic almost 10 years ago.

What I have tried:

  • mongoose: worked for a few minutes, then got a "504 Gateway Time-out" error.
  • SimpleHTTPServer: I'd prefer not to have Python as a requirement.
  • Quickshare: their website has disappeared.

For development or production?

In any case, see the Big list of http static server one-liners. The gist is from 2013, but the replies and comments are fairly recent.

If you want to set up a webserver with https enabled, you can try PHP- and Docker-based ddev. (Maybe there are easier ways to do this.)

The ddev installer makes creating and correctly installing a self-signed TLS-Certificate easy.
Users will get browser-warnings once, but at least you will have https.


You could try HFS, which was just made for this.

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