How-to: Right-click on any folder to start a simple HTTP server

Here's how to setup your Windows machine to quickly get a simple http server running in any directory from the contextmenu.


  1. Install node.js from
  • Install the http-server app

    npm install http-server -g

  • Create a file named http-server-here.reg and add the following contents (or download from github):

      Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
       @="HTTP Server Here"
  • Doubleclick http-server-here.reg to import the contextmenu settings into the Windows Registry.

Now you can start a simple HTTP server on any folder from the context menu.