How Do I Setup a Chrome Web Server?


Heather Bennett

How Do I Setup a Chrome Web Server?

Setting up a web server on Chrome can be a useful tool for testing websites or hosting simple web applications locally. In this tutorial, we will walk through the step-by-step process of setting up a Chrome web server.


Before we begin, make sure you have the following:

  • A computer running Google Chrome
  • A text editor to write HTML, CSS, and JavaScript code

Step 1: Install the Web Server for Chrome Extension

To start, open Google Chrome and navigate to the Chrome Web Store. Search for “Web Server for Chrome” and click on the “Add to Chrome” button to install the extension.

Note: Ensure that you only install extensions from trusted sources!

Step 2: Launch the Web Server Extension

After installing the extension, you will see its icon appear in the top-right corner of your browser window. Click on it to launch the Web Server for Chrome.

Step 2.1: Choose a Root Folder

In the Web Server interface, click on “Choose Folder” and select the folder where your web files are located. This will be your root folder.2: Configure Additional Settings (Optional)

If desired, you can configure additional settings such as port number, error pages, and HTTPS options. However, these settings are optional and not necessary for basic setup.

Step 3: Start the Web Server

To start your web server, click on the “Start” button in the Web Server interface. Once started, the extension will display your local IP address and the port number being used.

Note: Make sure to keep the Web Server extension open in Chrome while using the server.

Step 4: Access Your Local Web Server

To access your local web server, open a new tab in Chrome and type “localhost:port_number” in the address bar. Replace “port_number” with the actual port number shown in the Web Server interface (e.g., localhost:8887).

Note: If you have configured a custom domain or HTTPS, use that instead of “localhost”.


You have successfully set up a Chrome web server! You can now test your websites or web applications locally by accessing them through your browser.

Note: Remember to stop the web server when you are finished by clicking on the “Stop” button in the Web Server interface.


In this tutorial, we learned how to set up a Chrome web server using the Web Server for Chrome extension. We covered installing the extension, configuring settings, starting and accessing the server. Now you have a powerful tool at your disposal for local testing and development!

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