How to setup a HTTP Web Server using HFS Tool on Windows

While working with Servers and Networkig devices, in many occassion you would have faced situation where you need to setup a HTTP Server in your network. For long time, I have been using a tiny tool called HFS to setup a HTTP Server in my network. Today, I will explain how to use this tiny tool to setup a Webserver in minutes.

As I said earlier, the name of the tool is HFS and can be downloaded from this link. By using this simple tiny software, you can create a web server on your system in minutes. You do not need to be a tech-geek to setup a web server.

Let us go ahead and download the HFS utility from their website. The link is provided here. The Webpage will look like the one provided below. HFS utility is a tiny file, it is just 2.5MB in size, but it will do its job very well. You can setup a web server in your laptop and use it across your network.

Download the HFS.exe file from above said web link. There is no installation required. Just double click the HFS.exe you have downloaded and it will open the HFS window as shown below. At the top of HFS window, you can find the IP address of your Webserver

Now you have successfully setup a HTTP Server in your network. From above said image, I can tell you that my HTTP Server IP is This IP address is nothing but the IP address of your machine. If you type this address in Internet explorer, it should launch below provided page. You can also click on “Open in browser” button in HFS window to launch same screen.

I hope you have completed above said steps. Now I can confirm that you have successfully setup a web server. It is easy, isn’t it?. Now let us see how to add files to the web server so that you can share these files with other users in network.

How to add Files to the HTTP Server

Adding files to the http server is very easy. Just drag and drop folder from Windows Explorer or My Computer window to the HFS window. The files inside the folder is automatically added to the web server and it is ready to be shared over the network. Here I have created folder “Test” and inside my “Test” Folder, I have saved 4 files. The name of the files are FCOE.pdf, Sample Text File.txt, Stacking Guide.pdf, VCSU.pptx.
Now we will go ahead and drag “Test” folder to the HFS window now. In the below provided screenshot, you can find that I have added the Folder “Test” to the HFS window.

When you drag and drop files to the HFS window, sometimes you may receive a pop-window (shown below) asking you to choose Real Folder or Virtual Folder, you can go ahead and choose Real Folder

As I have added the folder “Test” to the HFS window, anyone who knows my webserver IP address can download the files to their computer. To download the files, simply enter the IP address in the address bar of Internet explorer.
In my case, the Webserver IP address was Let us see how the web server screen will look like. You can see the folder “Test” is available for download.

Click on the folder and you can download the contents (FCOE.pdf, Sample Text File.txt, Stacking Guide.pdf, VCSU.pptx file

Now it is the time to share the web server address with your colleagues or friends so that they will be able to download the same files. The use of HTTP servers are endless. HFS also help you to create an HTTP server with Upload feature. Check this tiny utility for more details.

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