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Laura Galbraith
Posted Jul 14 - Read on Facebook

Hey all! Quick question, I can no longer view my prototypes in a browser locally ... I get a warning about "Local File Restrictions" and a button to "try anyway" but nothing loads now... I'm using chrome and trying to view the files in browser from my computer... What can i do to fix?

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Chris Camargo

Laura, how are you previewing your prototype? Are you opening the index.html file with your browser, or are you selecting Mirror > Open In Browser?

Laura Galbraith

Opening the index file on my computer but will try selecting mirror instead and see if that works. Just wanted to tab through a few examples for A presentation without having to switch windows and click 'present' button for each one. I guess it would be nice to have a tabbed version of framer for a future version

Chris Camargo

When you choose Mirror > Open in Browser, Framer opens up a browser and points it to a local web server that's running behind Framer Studio. Viewing the prototype as served by Framer's web server means you can get assets served from your computer, just like you were viewing any other website on the planet. When you open index.html directly, you're asking your browser to read the files from your local machine. That's fine, but browsers have built-in restrictions against such things. You can disable those restrictions if you regularly view prototypes locally, but that's something you need to be aware of when making that decision.

Laura Galbraith

got it, thanks! I also found it useful to just view in a browser because I could send the files to coworkers and let them view without having the application installed. (Since the share URL is super slow to load sometimes)

Chris Camargo

Yeah, we do try to facilitate that kind of sharing internally here, too. My recommendation: Set up a simple web server that has FTP access, and just drop .framer folders onto it. Then you can send anyone the URL and they can view it without running into those pesky local file restrictions.

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