A Simple webserver on your Mac to access your files remotely from Windows

Open a terminal window and run following commands :

$ cd /Documents/yourSharedFiles
$ python -m SimpleHTTPServer 8080
Serving HTTP on port 8000 ...

That's it!!! Your web server is started. 

On the browser, type following address to access your files remotely.


The contents of your current directory must be shown on the browser now.

Advanced issues & troubleshooting:

8080 is the port number. If you get "socket.error: [Errno 48] Address already in use" , change the port number to another one. (less than 65536)

If you want to make your webserver run in port 80 , launch the command above with sudo and enter your root password :

$ python -m SimpleHTTPServer 80

Serving HTTP on port 80 ...

in this case the url will be :


Make sure to shut the webserver down when you are done with cmd-c key or just closing the terminal window.


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