How Do I Use Web Server in Chrome?


Heather Bennett

Are you looking to use a web server in Chrome? Look no further!

In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to set up and use a web server in Chrome. Let’s get started!

What is a Web Server?

A web server is a software application that serves files (such as HTML, CSS, images, etc.) over the internet. It enables users to access websites and web applications by providing the requested files from the server to their browsers.

Using Web Server for Chrome Extension

If you are using Google Chrome as your browser, you can easily set up a web server using the Web Server for Chrome extension. This extension allows you to serve static files directly from your computer.

Step 1: Install the Extension

To begin, 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.

Step 2: Launch the Extension

Once the installation is complete, click on the Web Server for Chrome icon located in your browser toolbar. A popup window will appear with various settings and options.

Step 3: Choose Folder

Select the folder that contains your website or web application files by clicking on the “Choose Folder” button. You can either select an existing folder or create a new one.

Step 4: Start the Web Server

After selecting the folder, click on the “Start” button to start the web server. You will see a green “Running” indicator along with the local IP address and port number where your website can be accessed.

Accessing Your Local Website

Now that your web server is up and running, you can access your local website or web application by typing the provided IP address and port number into your browser’s address bar. For example, if the IP address is 127.0.1 and the port number is 8887, you would enter “http://127.1:8887” in the address bar.

Additional Options

The Web Server for Chrome extension offers additional options to enhance your experience:

  • Automatically show index.html: Enable this option to automatically display the index.html file when accessing a folder URL.
  • Show directory listing: If enabled, it will display a list of files in a folder when accessing its URL.
  • Password protection: This feature allows you to password-protect your website or web application.

Remember to stop the web server once you are done by clicking on the “Stop” button in the extension popup window.

In Conclusion

The Web Server for Chrome extension provides a simple and convenient way to set up a web server directly from your browser. With just a few steps, you can serve your local files and test websites or web applications effortlessly.

We hope this tutorial has helped you understand how to use a web server in Chrome using the Web Server for Chrome extension. Happy coding!

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