Accessing local index.html from outside world with zero config

On a development box with nginx or vagrant set up and a bunch of virtual hosts, this is pretty straight forward. Grab the folder, push it to a dev server, set up a virtual host and go.

Since largely moving away from day to day web development I don’t have a local vagrant box. I don’t have an easily accessible dev server at work, and I just needed to view a project from the outside world.

So with no local web server setup, here’s how to serve your project to the outside world (in my case, just a bare .html file and a few .js files)

With NPM set up and configured locally, this is stupid easy.


npx https-server
Great, it’s available locally at those addresses.


npx ngrok http 8080
And now it’s available to the outside world (for the next 8 hours)