Setting up a
Virtual Host in OS X
Setting up a Virtual Host is useful during web development so that you can easily access a running project via a custom, root level domain in your browser.
/private/etc/apache2/extra directory and then
sudo vim httpd-vhosts.conf or use whatever text editor to open the file. Add one of the following sections as necessary.
1<VirtualHost *:80> 2 DocumentRoot "/Users/danielsellergren/Sites/website-directory" 3 ServerName dev.danielsellergren.com 4</VirtualHost>
1<VirtualHost *:80> 2 DocumentRoot "/Users/danielsellergren/Sites/website-directory" 3 ServerName dev.danielsellergren.com 4 <directory "/Users/danielsellergren/Sites/website-directory/"> 5 Options Indexes FollowSymLinks 6 AllowOverride All 7 Order allow,deny 8 Allow from all 9 </directory> 10</VirtualHost>
Set the options as you need them. This example allows for clean URLs in Drupal. You should of course also replace the username
danielsellergren with yours, and replace
website-directory with the directory you want to serve from this Virtual Host.
Edit hosts file
The hosts file is a mapping of hostnames to IP addresses, so here we want to set your development hostname to the localhost IP so you can access it via web browser.
sudo vim /private/etc/hosts and add the line:
Finally, restart the server enter the command
sudo apachectl restart.