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I am looking for a solution to access the files on my home computer using nothing but a browser.

  • I do not want to have to download any client software (Java ok).
  • I do not care about sharing or streaming media.
  • Must be secure.
  • Must be free.
  • Must not use a third party site to store files.
  • I have an SSH server setup so file access is possible with WinSCP.
  • I can install another piece of software on the host if needed.

  • Must run as a Windows Service!! If I have to log into Windows first then it's a FAIL.


  • Able to edit Word documents via browser interface (I can dream can't I?)
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closed as off-topic by Oliver Salzburg Sep 5 '14 at 9:59

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Maybe you want to check out Microsoft SkyDrive. – Oliver Salzburg Mar 15 '12 at 15:37
@OliverSalzburg SkyDrive stores files on Microsoft servers, which breaks one of his requirements. This means Dropbox is out, too. – xdumaine Mar 15 '12 at 15:46
Technically dropbox does cloud stuff, but the content is only there if the content exists in a folder on his computer, delete the file on the computer, its deleted from the cloud. If he has concerns with putting stuff in the cloud though, then yes, Dropbox is out. – Paperlantern Mar 15 '12 at 16:02
BTW, "security" relies as much on your ability to properly configure the solution as the solution itself. – uSlackr Mar 15 '12 at 16:03
Why not just use FTP? All major browsers support it. – w4etwetewtwet Aug 27 '13 at 20:13

If you have python3 installed, you can type this command:

C:\> python -m http.server

It will start a http file server on port:8000

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Use a HTTP Fileserver. A great one is HFS.

This is what it looks like from a browser a visual directory listing

How to secure it.

How to run it as a service.

Hope this helps.

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This looks great. I will give it a try. – user390480 Mar 15 '12 at 16:21

Probably a bit overkill but ownCloud could be a solution. It's similar to Dropbox but you run it on your own server.

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ownCloud looks great but I cannot find any information on if it runs as a Windows Service or not. – user390480 Mar 15 '12 at 16:22
It runs on top of your web-server (IIS I would guess in the Windows case). And I would assume that the web-server runs as a Windows Service. – tidbeck Mar 15 '12 at 16:29

I recommend you to take a look at this http file server. You can set up your own file server for managing and sharing files through web browser. It's like DropBox but self-hosted so that you can keep all your confidential files on your own server. The web based UI looks and feels like Windows 7 Explorer. It offers features that are not possible with a FTP server such as zipping files, downloading multiple files and folders in single download etc. It's also easier to set up and administrate than a FTP server.

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