Anvil

Version: 0.43 || Release Date: 2012-10-16 || License: Freeware Developer: Riot | App Owner: paul_gueller

A beautiful menubar app for managing local sites.

Anvil uses Pow, a zero-config Rack server for Mac OS X. We use Pow to run Rack apps, such as Ruby on Rails apps, but also to serve up static sites with good-looking .dev URLs.

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Brilliant tool, I think I'll be using this.

However, if you don't want to install stuff like this, you can also:

1. cd into your site folder (using your Terminal of choice).
2. Then enter: open http://localhost:8000; python -m SimpleHTTPServer

Voila! And if you find this useful, you can add an alias in your ~/.zshrc (if you use zsh) or ~/.bash_profile (using bash):

alias serve="open http://localhost:8000; python -m SimpleHTTPServer"

Main caveat doing this compared to using Anvil/pow is that you don't get a fancy sitename.dev address, but a localhost:8000 one.