My external hard drive is connected to my Raspberry Pi, which itself is connected to my TV via HDMI. I have a bunch of videos on my drive which I usually watch on the TV using
omxplayer, but sometimes I want to be able to watch them on my laptop. I wanted a simple solution without having to make my Pi a full-fledged NAS.
My first attempt was to launch the built-in simple HTTP server of Python into my videos' directory:
python3 -m http.server
And then visit my Pi's local IP in my laptop's browser to get the file listing and let the browser open and read the videos. It works, but it's impossible to seek at arbitrary times inside the videos. Indeed, the server doesn't support the
Range header that the browser sends when seeking at a specific part of a video.
sudo apt-get install python-twisted-web
twistd -no web --path=.
It takes a little more time to start than
http.server but it can seek videos :)