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Old Mar 15, 2008, 04:36 PM   #1
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HTTP File Server (HFS) for Mac OS X?

Anyone know of an app similar to HFS (http://www.rejetto.com/hfs/) that lets you drag and drop files into the program and then hosts the files that people can then download from your IP?
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Old Mar 16, 2008, 11:22 AM   #2
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Anyone know of an app similar to HFS (http://www.rejetto.com/hfs/) that lets you drag and drop files into the program and then hosts the files that people can then download from your IP?
MacOS X has Apache built-in. It is the basis of Personal Web Sharing. If you want to spend money, then you may buy Kerio WebSTAR. This commercial version of MacHTTP is the server used by the U. S. Army.
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MacOS X has Apache built-in. It is the basis of Personal Web Sharing. If you want to spend money, then you may buy Kerio WebSTAR. This commercial version of MacHTTP is the server used by the U. S. Army.
Thanks for the info. I actually played around with the "Web Sharing" feature in Mac OS X and while awesome that it's built in, it wasn't as convenient for me for the following reasons:

- Can't specify port to be used (easily anyways with the edit of a simple text box)
- No address bar when you click on a file to quickly get the entire URL to that file
- Can't monitor upload speed or know when a file is completed
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... I actually played around with the "Web Sharing" feature in Mac OS X and while awesome that it's built in, it wasn't as convenient for me ...
Personal Web Sharing places Apache in a box that you can step out of. Rather than enumerating its limitations, you can better spend your time learning how to unleash the power of Apache.
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I appreciate the help but I'm not wanting to spend time learning how to run a server. I just want a quick and easy program to share files.
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I just use an ftp server and tell people to use firefox remotely to access it lol Does that work in ie too? idk. it does in safari.

That may be your solution?
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Old Sep 13, 2008, 07:31 AM   #7
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If you're comfortable opening a terminal, a very easy thing to do is as follows:

python -m SimpleHTTPServer portnumber

Just replace portnumber with the value you want to use - if it's below 1024 you'll need to sudo the command first. Either way, this will start an HTTP server with the root in your current directory. You can then browse through the files accordingly.

I've aliased the command in my .bash_login file
(ie, alias webshare='python -m SimpleHTTPServer 8000') so I can just run webshare wherever I need to.
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How do you get it to automatically put in the password for the sudo. I need it on port 80 due to restrictions via a school router >.<
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Some of these replies are the exact reason I almost always eschew this forum. You ask for a simple app, and get banged over the head for not wanting to learn to run an Apache server.

Anyway, what you do is either do the python command, which is great - I've always used it on my linux box, OR:

Download the program "PlayOnMac" - it will install EXE files on your mac, and then HFS works fine. As a matter of fact, I'm using it right now transferring files to my phone over wifi. If you are in a hurry or just feeling lazy, HFS is great like that (as you well know).
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Some of these replies are the exact reason I almost always eschew this forum. You ask for a simple app, and get banged over the head for not wanting to learn to run an Apache server.
You just joined today, and you almost always eschew this forum?

Maybe you should've continued to stay away instead of digging up a four year old thread.
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