How to set up a http server running from you computer


(Either you can set up a basic server which means you stop at step… or if you want to make a server with free address you can continue after that step)

1. We are going to use a program called hfs i like the beta version (2) you will need to download this program.
Go to

2. Make a folder where you wish to run it from for example C:/Program files/hfs or C:/Documents and settins/Username/My documents/Hfs

3. Move the downloaded zip file into that folder and extract it.

4. Delete the zip file and KEEP THE OTHER FILES!!!!!
user posted image
5. Run the program and it will come up with a screen that looks like this
user posted image
6. Click the button that says easy mode (this turns it into expert mode which basicly means you have all the options)

7. Where it says port change the port to 80 (this can clash with some programs like webcam on msn and maybe others im not sure) ((the port you choose doesnt really matter 80 is just easier))

8. How to turn on port forwarding. (ONLY for people with routers) ((this varies depending on which make of router you have but for my router sweex i will tell you how its done))
Go to internet explorer or mozzilla firefox. Type into the address bar with nothing in else. A window will come up asking you for username and password by default this is admin and 1234 it will only be different if you have changed it.

9. This window should then show up.

user posted image

Click general setup then you will see this window

user posted image
Click NAT then port forwarding
You should now see this

user posted image

In private ip you need to post your computers local network address like for example or it depends. If you do not know how to do this here is how its found out
Click start>run>cmd type in the command line ipconfig
some information will come up looking like this
user posted image

That is your computers local network address.

So going back to
user posted image
Now go back to hfs and you must enter your ip (not your local address but your ip) here

user posted image
Keep the http:// in front of your ip.
This is essentially now your server. Make sure it is on and you can go and visit it at http://yourip:port/
To add files simply drag and drop them in. Then click virtual folder.

That was if you do not want a personal address you can make it personal like mine very easily.
All you have to do is go to
Make a username
Log in
Click add on the left hand side
Make a hostname (mine is randomshitfromtimmy)
Click port 80 redirect
Enter your ip in the ip address field
And choose the port you wish to forward (this is either 80 or the other one that you chose)
Click add redirect.

Now you have a fully working hfs system.It runs of you bandwidth so if lots of people are downloading you will find your net goes slowly so remeber to set limits.

(below is a pic of a set up hfs working) Ips blurred for privacy.


62 thoughts on “How to set up a http server running from you computer

  1. Hello my family member! I want to say that this article is awesome, great written and come with approximately all vital infos. I’d like to see more posts like this.

  2. Hey! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my good old room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this post to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Hello! Would you mind if I share your blog with my myspace group? There’s a lot of folks that I think would really appreciate your content. Please let me know. Thank you

  4. Awesome blog you have here but I was curious about if you knew of any community forums that cover the same topics discussed here? I’d really like to be a part of community where I can get suggestions from other knowledgeable people that share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Cheers!

  5. Please let me know if you’re looking for a writer for your site. You have some really good posts and I believe I would be a good asset. If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d really like to write some articles for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine. Please send me an email if interested. Thank you!

  6. Hello there! Do you know if they make any plugins to help with SEO? I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I’m not seeing very good gains. If you know of any please share. Thank you!

  7. Howdy would you mind letting me know which web host you’re utilizing? I’ve loaded your blog in 3 completely different internet browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot faster then most. Can you recommend a good web hosting provider at a honest price? Thank you, I appreciate it!

  8. I absolutely love your blog and find a lot of your post’s to be just what I’m looking for. Does one offer guest writers to write content for you? I wouldn’t mind composing a post or elaborating on some of the subjects you write related to here. Again, awesome site!

  9. There are some interesting closing dates in this article but I don�t know if I see all of them center to heart. There is some validity but I will take hold opinion until I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we want more! Added to FeedBurner as nicely

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s