How to edit your host file on a Mac

Apple's Terminal App Icon

Changing the contents of a computer’s host file is extremely helpful skill for web developers to have. You can basically manipulate the way your computer looks at the internet. I use it to keep Google Analytics from counting me as a visitor on my site (or any site for that matter). Whatever your reasons for editing your host file, here’s how to do it on a Mac.

1. Open Terminal

2. Type: sudo pico /etc/hosts

3. Type: YourPassword
*This is the same password you use to log in to your computer

4. Edit host file

5. To save your changes hold down CONTROL & press the letter ‘O’. Then press ENTER

6. To exit your host file hold down CONTROL & press the letter ‘X’.

7. To quit Terminal simply hold down COMMAND & press the letter ‘Q’ at the same time.

And that’s it. You’ve just edited your Mac’s host file.

By parisvega

Marketing and Growth Director at The Nine. Podcaster. Angel Investor. Bassist for Respect the Polygon. Designer. Software Developer.

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