Start Web Sharing in OS X Mountain Lion the Easy Way with a Preference Panel

Sep 7, 2012 - 1 Comment

Web Sharing preference panel in OS X

Many people have noticed the simple web sharing option was pulled from System Preferences in OS X Mountain Lion. The server software still exists and you can start Apache server on your Mac yourself within a minute or two of mucking about in the Terminal, but for some people the command line is just too much of a hassle. If you’d rather have an easier approach to starting the hidden web server in Mac OS X, grab a free third party preference with the most obvious name ever, WebSharing.

Double-click to install the preference pane, and then starting Apache becomes just a matter of flipping a big ON and OFF switch, acting as a front-end to apachectl in the command line. Once it’s running everything else is the same, the directory being served is still your user ~/Sites/ folder so toss in an index.html file and have at it.

Thanks to Jason for the tip

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

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  1. olmo47 says:

    Thanks Jason.

    say can you send my way more info. how to make it work?

    I use tether program thru my cell phone (no internet in home) and like to connect my iPad via laptop, can this preferences help? I have a Macbook pro mid 2011 iPad 3, Mountain Lion, any help are welcome.

    thanks

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