How to configure hosts in Mac OS

There are times when you need to change hosts when testing services on the development server, etc.

In Windows, there is a file called hosts in C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\, and in Mac, there is a file called hosts in /private/etc.

Here's how to edit the hosts file on Mac.

1. Run Terminal on Mac

2. Open the hosts file. The hosts file is read-only, so open it with superuser privileges

sudo vi /private/etc/hosts

If you have specified an administrator password, enter the password.

3. Add ip and domain name to be added in vi editor and save

If you come to the bottom line and press esc-i, a line is added and you are in append mode. After entering or pasting the ip and domain name, save and exit with esc-:wq


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