Using Flask as a quick local Dev Web Server
After discovering what was causing my error I realized that the solution to my error would be to throw my app onto a web-server and access it through http. My initial thought was to create a quick vm or simply throw the script on my own personal web server. My boss though thought up and even quicker solution that I had simply never considered.
He suggested I simply use Flask to serve up the directory. Strangely, I had never actually thought of using Flask like this but Flask is perfect for this because it comes with a simple Python Web Server designed for developing and debugging Flask applications.
After some quick googling, here is the flask script that I was able to throw together:
from flask import Flask, request app = Flask(__name__, static_url_path='') @app.route('/') def root(): return app.send_static_file('index.html')
The key to getting this to work is to leverage the fact that if you create a folder named
static in your apps directory, Flask will server that directory with the above code.
To start the server I simply typed into the console:
$ export FLASK_APP=hello.py $ flask run
Or if on Windows change
Now, all I had to do was head over to:
http://127.0.0.1:5000/in my browser.
And that is it! Now I have a simple webserver on my local computer serving a static folder and don't need to do anything weighty like installing a desktop dev server or throwing a VM up in the cloud.