Turning Home Computer into a WebServer

Posted on 2011-04-26
Last Modified: 2012-05-11

I would like to turn my home desktop computer into a WebServer.

In short, I would like the ability to view a select number of folders on my home computer through a web browser - very similar to Drop Box and other online cloud storage.

Furthermore, I would like the ability to connect to it via SFTP if required.

Any suggestions how I could go about this?

Question by:amacfarl
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    Download apache and install it.
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    Download XAMPP from It has inbuilt webserver, ftp server, etc. You will also need a static ip to access your local computer. If you dont want to go for static ip then you would require dynDNS / like service which will give you a sub-domain which will point to your desktop machine.
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    If your main goal is to have a few folders available over the web like a private dropbox, try setting up your home computer with webdav. you will also need SSL and some authentication.
    webdav can function like a remote network drive over HTTP.
    look here for instructions on setting up webdav with SSL and really strong security.

    Of course, you can settle for basic authentication over SSL or for certificate based authentication.
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