There are many times (especially when doing front-end) where we need to launch a local server to serve static files.
My favourite one is this Python one-liner directly on the console:
python -m SimpleHttpServer
That will launch a local server at
0.0.0.0:8000 serving the files in the current directory.
The cool thing is that this is using a Python standard module, so as long as you have Python in your system (comes pre-installed in Mac OS X and many Linux distros) you are ready to go.
You can just install globally the
http-server package from NPM:
npm install -g http-server
And then running
http-server from any directory will statically serve it.