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Windows Send to http-server with NodeJS

15 December 2016

Serve any directory from web server using ‘Send to’ menu in Windows.

Install Node JS

Open command prompt, run

npm install -g http-server

Verify it works. From any directory, run


Open up Windows Explorer and enter into address bar


You should see a handful of familiar shortcuts – this maps to a folder C:\Users\<yourusername>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo

In that folder, create Windows shortcut to c:\Users\<yourusername>\AppData\Roaming\npm\http-server.cmd

Now you can right-click on any folder in Windows, select Send to > http-server and enjoy the folder contents served up via web server.


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