Making files accessible online can be done in several ways. One possibility that is quick and easy to achieve is with the help of HTTP File Server. The free portable software can be used to pick folders or files on the computer's hard drive and make them available online. If it is only about the files then that's all there is to do: Pick the files, open a web browser and load the IP. That is it.
That's not all however but it should give an example how easy it is to make files available online with HTTP File Server which was already reviewed about two years ago for the first time here at Ghacks. A lot has changed in the last two years.
The folders and files that get picked by the user are available immediately online. It's probably a good idea to test the server locally and remotely before giving the remote IP to someone else. It might on the other hand not be necessary to hand out the remote IP if files should only be accessible by yourself.
The file server comes with a basic music player that can stream and play music directly without downloading the music first. Everything else is downloaded before it can be accessed.
Many possibilities to secure and restrict access can be configured in HTTP File Server. The system administrator can create user accounts and define files or folders that are restricted to those users. Additional possibilities include speed limits or restrictions by IP.
The file server supports real and virtual folders and can be configured to allow file uploads as well.
The main advantage of HTTP File Server is the ease of use and the portability of the application. The main site contains the latest release version of the server software, the forums provide access to the latest beta releases which provide additional functionality and bugfixes.
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