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Python File Server

This page describes how pod-charlesreid1 provides a lightweight HTTP file server that is reverse-proxied by nginx to provide a dead-simple file hosting service at

We use an alpine container with Python 3 for a minimal image size. Python comes with a simple HTTP server built-in that will do the job for us, available through the http.server module (or SimpleHTTPServer in Python 2):

python3 -m http.server 8081

We expose this to port 8081 locally, making the service available on the Docker network and therefore available to be reverse-proxied by the nginx container.

Files to be served up are located in /www/files/ on the host, which is bind-mounted to /files in the container.