Last Updated on Nov 10, 2020
Hosts file has an essential role in website configuration & Blocking port. So you can make your own rules about your website hosted on the Local mac running on macOS Mojave, High Sierra, EI Capitan, Yosemite or OS X Server. Point IP address to the desired website URL So you can override DNS temporary by making changes in hosts file located on Mac System. For Edit hosts file on Mac, we need little technical knowledge, and then you can do with ease. However, to edit hosts files follow the below steps carefully.
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Note: Before making changes, please take a backup of your host’s files or copy lines of text on to another text file. Here you have two common solutions that might be very useful on Edit hosts file on Mac OS X or OS X Server.
Steps on How to Edit the Hosts File on Macbook, Mac with Latest MacOS
Apple didn’t make any changes on the path of the hosts file location and Command syntax for the older OS X version. Same steps you can try on any OS X version.
I recommend using the Command Line method to open the host file on your Mac. Due to Security Reason, Simple folder method on Your Mac or MacBook Doesn’t Allow to edit hosts file directly like a simple file. You should change on a duplicate Hosts file first. So,
First Easy Way: Command for Open Hosts File on Mac and Edit File Normally
- Open terminal on Mac, To Open on Mac, Type Terminal on Spotlight Search [Command + Space]. or Directly open from Launchpad.
- If it asks then Enter the Mac Admin password and press return.
- Type in terminal: sudo nano /private/etc/hosts and hit the Enter to open Hosts file on Mac screen.
- Use Arrow key on your keyboard to move a cursor and start Editing, Here I added one line. Once you edited.
- Press Control + X from keyboard to Save. Now in the Next Window, Your will be asked to enter Y for yes and N for No.
- Press Y to move the earlier screen of host file.
- Now, Press the Return [Enter] from mac Keyboard to close the Hosts file and Move to Terminal window.
Now, You are on Terminal Screen. Now, You can verify or check the Hosts file by Re-Open with a terminal command. Hope you help this way very easily.
- That’s it.
Second Way: Open & Edit Hosts File on Mac Without Terminal Command
You can make changes by shortcut keys give on-screen.
Step 1: Open a Finder Window on your Mac.
Step 2: From Top menu, go to the GO > GO TO FOLDER.
Step 3: Move to Hosts files location type in the text box: /private/etc/hosts and Click on Go.
Step 4: double click on file named hosts, File will be open in the text editor.
Step 5: Inside the hosts file you can edit after broadcasthost.
How to Save Hosts File on Mac Using Keyboard Shortcuts?
Here I redirected twitter account to another website IP for my Mac only. Not work on other Mac. Before Edit file you have to make the new copy of host file, and changes will be saved to a new copy. Then you have to replace that new file with the original file (/private/etc/hosts) manually. Due to privacy reasons, you can’t make changes directly on the original hosts file.
To Exit or Save,
Control + X to Exit and Press Y key to Save in hosts file. and Tap on Return or Enter Button. [Play Below video to Learn on my Mac’s screen]
That’s it. Nothing else. Want more help on Edit hosts to file on macOS Catalina, Mojave, EI Capitan, Yosemite or OS X Server. Share with me on the comment.
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