A simple web server for local web development.

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A simple web server for local web development.



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Servez is an stand alone app that runs a simple web server. with a GUI to start/stop and choose a folder to serve.

I’ve worked with many people, often students, who are not comfortable with command lines and certainly not comfortable setting up a big server like Apache.

Servez provides them with an easy way to get started without having to install multiple dependencies nor having to integrate things with their system. No adding to paths, no downloading 3 different pieces of software. Just run and start.


Servez has an option to serve HTTPS. Servez uses a self signed certificate which means your browser will complain that the certificate is not valid. You can click “advanced” on the warning page and then “Proceed to <localhost>” to load the page.

The point of HTTPS support in Servez is to make it easy to access HTTPS only APIs like WebXR etc… Clicking through a warning once in a while is a small tradeoff for automating HTTPS support.

Command Line Arguments

If you want an actual command line version then go here.

Otherwise these are the command line arguments to this app version of Servez.

NOTE! You must include an extra -- by itself before your arguments

servez.exe --port=1234 c:\path\to\serve      # BAD!
servez.exe -- --port=1234 c:\path\to\serve   # good

On Windows the default path is


on MacOS the default path is



servez [options] path/to/serve




main.js          // runs the browser process
src/index.html   // the main window
src/index.js     // JS for the main window
src/style.css    // CSS for the main window


npm start

Will launch with devtools open. Setting the environment variable SERVEZ_ECHO to true will make issue many logging commands in main.js into the log in the app


npm run dist

Will build a file for distribution in the dist folder for the current platform. Note: On MacOS you’ll need an Apple Developer account. Then build like this

APPLEID=<your-apple-id> APPLEIDPASS=<see-below-password> npm run dist

For <your-apple-id> instead your Apple ID. Example or whatever your Apple ID is.

For <see-below-password> the first step is go to and generate an app specific password. Then, add that password to your keychain with an id of your choosing.

security add-generic-password -a "<your-apple-id>" -w <app-specific-password> -s "<key-id>"


security add-generic-password -a "" -w thea-pppa-sswo-rddd -s "foobar"

From then on, to build APPLEIDPASS=@keychain:foobar npm run dist

During the build it will ask you to give it access to ‘foobar’