Simple filesharing in Linux – Python HTTPServer

So, want to show something on your machine to another user? Or want to share a file ?
If you have Python installed (default for most *nix systems) the following trick is awesome.

Create the following alias in your .bashrc

alias webshare=’python -c SimpleHTTPServer’

Now just type the command “webshare” in your terminal, and all files in current folder and beneath will be available at


If you dont want to create an alias, just type the following command in your terminal

python -c “import SimpleHTTPServer;SimpleHTTPServer.test()”

Remember, if you start the webserver in your /home/username; folder, you share everything in the folder !