Now that you have Perl installed and running,
it is time to download a Web Server that you can use locally to
test CGI scripts.
But how can I run a web server on my
computer that is not hooked up to the web?
Well, you "can" run a web server locally,
but it will only be useful for testing and development.
That is, you will create a network composed of one
computer and then use your web browser to access the
You can easily pick up a free web server for any
operating system you are using. For UNIX and Windows I recommend Apache.
You can also use the Sambar Web Server for Windows. In the
case of this tutorial, I downloaded Sambar from
because it is so incredibly easy to install. However, which
Web Server you choose will not make a difference for this
tutorial. They will all work like Sambar for our purposes.
Once you download the self-extracting
executable file from www.winfiles.com, you
run the setup program and the server is installed. There is not much else to it.
The server is fairly featureless, but for testing purposes that can
be just what the doctor ordered.
Once that is done, try running Sambar!
You should see the status window. Once that is done, you
can try connecting to your personal web server. Just use
your IP address in the location field in Netscape or
Internet Explorer or use "localhost". You can see
in the following image, that my Netscape document request
is being registered and handled by Sambar.