Cool Tool: Cassini here power toy

[...]The .NET Framework 2.0 comes with a built-in webserver, based on the old Cassini web server. So I wanted to be able to easily set up any directory to have its contents served up on an as-needed basis. The result is an addition to the Windows Explorer right-click menu...[Robert McLaws]

Chris Fraizer wrote it thgether in a small app.

Here is my version with a few modifications:

using System;

using System.IO;

using System.Collections.Generic;

using System.Diagnostics;

using System.Windows.Forms;

using System.Text;

using System.Runtime.InteropServices;


namespace WebServerHere


    class Program


        static void Main(string[] args)


            if (args.Length >= 1)


                string _path;


                string _command =





                StringBuilder _commandArgs = new StringBuilder();


                Random _r = new Random();


                string _port = _r.Next(1024, 9000).ToString();


                if (args.Length == 2)


                    _port = args[1];




                //grab the original path

                _path = args[0];


                _commandArgs.Append(" /path:\"");



                _commandArgs.Append(" /port:");


                _commandArgs.Append(" /vpath: \"/");


                    _path.LastIndexOf('\\') + 1));



                ProcessStartInfo _info =

                    new ProcessStartInfo();


                _info.Arguments = _commandArgs.ToString();

                _info.CreateNoWindow = true;

                _info.FileName = _command;

                _info.UseShellExecute = false;

                _info.WorkingDirectory =

                    _command.Substring(0, _command.LastIndexOf('\\'));





                using (Control _c = new Control())


                    Help.ShowHelp(_c, "http://localhost:" + _port + "/");





                MessageBox.Show("Usage:\n\tWebServerHere.exe <path> [port]",

                    "WebServerHere", MessageBoxButtons.OK,






And the Non-Admin installation reg-file:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_Current_User\SOFTWARE\Classes\Folder\shell\VS2005 WebServer]
@="ASP.NET 2.0 Web Server Here"

[HKEY_Current_User\SOFTWARE\Classes\Folder\shell\VS2005 WebServer\command]
@="\"%SystemRoot%\\System32\\WebServerHere.exe\" %1"

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