How to Start an HTTP Server in Python
What’s the easiest way we can start a local HTTP server in Python?
Once we’re in the terminal at the root directory of our application, we can execute either of these commands, depending on the Python version.
# Python 2 python -m SimpleHTTPServer 8000 # Python 3 python -m http.server 8000
Then, our files will be served from
For the most part, we can use any port we’d like (not just
8000). On Linux, we’ll find that ports below
1024 are privileged ports, meaning the applications listening on these ports should be privileged. They should run as root or have the
So, most ports above
1024 are fair game.