WorldWideWeb – Desktop 17+

A simple web server

The Iconfactory

    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings
    • Free



This app’s name is an homage to the world’s first web server. Back in 1989, Tim Berners-Lee started the web on his NeXT computer.

On that computer was an app named WorldWideWeb. This app was unique because it allowed his machine to edit and serve HTML documents. The app also used coding frameworks that were adopted by Apple after purchasing NeXT: they are being used right now to display what you’re reading.

Like that original app, this WorldWideWeb is a handy web development tool.

It’s designed for people who need to test things on their Mac before moving the files onto a real web server like Apache or nginx. It also allows you to work in those increasingly rare moments where you don’t have a connection to the Internet. Developers of iOS apps can use this server to simulate and test APIs that their product uses.


WorldWideWeb does things differently than today’s production web servers:

• No caching — Every request gets a new response, no cache busters needed
• Easy to configure — Pick a folder and go, recent folders let you switch sites instantly
• Directory listings — A handy list of files whenever you hit a URL that doesn’t exist
• Bonjour support – Automatic DNS for easy access using devices on your local network
• REST support — Set default responses as JSON or XML for easy mocking of APIs
• No external dependencies — Completely standalone and doesn’t need other tools like Python or Ruby
• Simplified logging — Track requests and responses in a Terminal window with an easy-to-read format
• Built-in security — Runs completely in a sandbox, no access to data unless you allow it
• Powerful and lightweight – A small memory footprint with minimal CPU overhead
• No rocket science — Perfect for clients and other folks who are less technically inclined

What’s New

Version 1.0.1


• New setting to automatically refresh browser when changes are detected [Yay Sean!]
• The POST method no longer generates a directory listing and then a crash [Yay Elliot!]


• Long server names no longer change the window width
• Added a command line option to disable Bonjour [Yay James!]
• Parent folders are added to recent items if duplicates are detected [Yay Simon!]
• Added support for dragging folders:
- To the Website Folder of the window [Yay Sean!]
- Onto the Dock icon [Yay Francis!]


• Fixed navigation and tab bar appearance on iOS 14 [Yay Daniel!]
• Added documentation for running in the background
• A tap & hold on Server URL now displays a share sheet

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Thirteen Crows ,

Great for hobbyists and local development

I'm primarily a UX Designer, working in XD or Figma, but I like to dabble and build actual working prototypes for fun using html/CSS/JS and run them locally. It is impossible (UNTIL. NOW) to do this between a Mac and an iPhone or locally on an iPhone without Node or similar installed on the Mac.

But now, with this AWESOME app, you can serve up a small site on run it on all your Bonjour (locally) connected Apple devices in their respective browsers. It was so much fun serving up my old designs without have to spin up Node and jockey with that darn thing!

RadioEspana_LK ,


It is like "Start" back in the day!!!

I love this app. I use Hugo for my website and always wanted a local version to view. I just didn't want to spend the time...

This app took literally seconds (as in maybe 30?) to setup run and test from my iPad.

gordonross ,

So easy, so useful

Within a day of getting this app I was already putting it to use several times a day. Thank you!

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