How do I install Mongoose Web Server binary?

  1. Download Windows.exe from Mongoose.ws.
  2. Double click to Run the downloaded file.
  3. Allow Windows and Antivirus / Firewall applications installed on your PC to launch Mongoose.exe.
  4. Once started, Mongoose Web Server is minimised to a tray icon.
  5. Right-click on a tray icon to access Mongoose settings.

Why is Windows blocking my Mongoose Web Server binary installation?

That's a false positive. Mongoose has no viruses in it.
Mongoose Web Server has been on the market since 2004, trusted and used by millions.

In order to proceed with Mongoose installation simply allow Windows to launch Mongoose.exe by clicking the “Run Anyway” button.

Why is my Antivirus / Firewall blocking Mongoose Web Server binary?

That's a false positive. Mongoose has no viruses in it.
Mongoose Web Server has been on the market since 2004, trusted and used by millions.

There are many antivirus programs and their signatures are constantly changing. Some signatures occasionally trigger these warnings and these are false positives.
The main reason behind this is a low quality of some signatures, where developers in the antivirus companies use the first thing that matches the real malware, without doing much checking whether those matches are actually non-malware. For their business, false negatives are much more expensive than a false positive.

We are constantly working with Antivirus providers to whitelist Mongoose Web Server but as things are changing often this process is never complete.

If you want to help us to whitelist Mongoose for the specific Antivirus Software you are using please Contact us or post on our Forum and let us know the kind of Antivirus Software you are using and the version of it. So we can file a whitelisting request with the respective company.

In the meantime, in order to proceed further simply allow your Antivirus / Firewall application to launch and run Mongoose.exe. An example of this on the NortonLifeLock application ->

What is the Global Sharing feature on Mongoose Web Server?

Global sharing makes Files and Web Pages on your local computer visible to anyone on the Internet whom you share a link with.

It does not require any extra file uploads and you can enable Global Sharing on your Mongoose Web Server with a single click.

It is Ideal for:

  • Web developers / web designers sharing their work (developed web pages) with remote customers,
  • Knowledge workers sharing their files with remote customers or team members.
Currently available in a Beta release for Windows PC only.

How do I enable Global Sharing on my Mongoose Web Server?

To enable a Global Sharing functionality please follow these simple steps:
  1. Right-click on a tray icon to access Mongoose settings.
  2. Click on “(New!) Global URL disabled. Enable...” option in the menu.
  3. To start sharing, click “Go to global URL”.
  4. Your default browser will be opened with the content of your shared folder.

What if I’m looking for the Mongoose Web Server Library instead?

If you are looking for a Mongoose Web Server Library instead, you can download the source code of it here: https://www.cesanta.com/download.html

Got any other questions or feedback?
Talk to us on our Forum or Contact us directly.