Saturday, September 7, 2013

How can I get certain domain names to resolve locally using Mac OS X?

By default, all domain names will be looked up via online DNS servers. To resolve locally, we need to override this behavior. We do this by editing our /etc/hosts file. Open it (you'll be prompted for your password). In order to get a certain domain name, say, to resolve locally, add a line that looks like this:
The means localhost. should be replaced with your domain name. Upon saving the document, changes will be made live immediately. There is no need to flush cache or anything of that sort. Happy coding locally!

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