HFS: Introduction

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[edit] What is it?

HFS (Http File Server) is file sharing software which allows you to send and receive files over HTTP. You can limit this sharing to just a few friends, or be open to the whole world.

HFS is different from classic file sharing because there is no network. HFS is a web server which uses web technology to be more compatible with today's Internet.

Since it is actually a web server, your friends can download files as if they were downloading from a website using a web browser, such as Internet Explorer or Firefox. Your users don't have to install any new software.

HFS is designed to let you easily share files. Most web servers are used to publish a website. While HFS is fully capable of this, it is not designed to do so. You are free to use HFS in any way you wish, but at your own risk.

[edit] Installation

HFS needs no installation. Just put the "hfs.exe" file in a folder of your choice (perhaps named HFS), and run it.

The first time it runs, you are prompted to see if you wish to integrate it into the context menu. If you pick "yes", then in Window's Explorer you can simply right-click on a file to add it to HFS (and make it downloadable). (This option can also be accessed after installation in Menu→Other options→Shell context menu.)

[edit] Basic instructions

HFS really is very easy to use.

   * Run "HFS.exe".
   * In the window (left-pane), drag&drop all the elements to share.
   * Communicate to your friends the address of the items to download. 

After you drag&drop the files, the address (ie. the URL) is automatically copied to your Windows clipboard. If you then use, say, a chat window, just PASTE to send the address.

Alternatively, if you chose to enable the context menu, just right-click on the file/folder to share, and select "Add to HFS". HFS then automatically runs, shares the item, and copies the URL to your clipboard, ready to be pasted.

Notice that at first, "You are in Easy mode". It is recommended that you stay in this mode until you have used HFS a few times. Simply click the message to change to Expert mode.

See First time configuration for more detailed setup information.

[edit] Uninstallation

Use the Uninstall command from the HFS Main menu.

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