VirtualHostX: Easy Virtual Hosting configuration on OS X

  • April 9th, 2009

Having discovered VirtualHostX, I can’t imagine going down the path of manually editing OS X configuration files ever again. If you have ever setup a local environment to test your website(s), you have surely found yourself spending a few minutes wrestling with Web Sharing and Apache – the whole virtual hosting setup. Instead of testing sites where your local URL looks something like:


You can organize server files and test sites on your computer using URLs like:, http://this.isatest.local,

So if this is your first experiment setting up virtual hosts, download a trial of VirtualHostX ($9) or win 1 of 3 free licenses (details below).

Easy virtual hosts configuration with VirtualHostX

VirtualHostX is the easiest way to develop sites locally without manual server configuration.

  • Automatically configures your Mac’s web server settings
  • Supports custom Apache directives
  • Backup / Restore your web server settings
  • Compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger and 10.5 Leopard

VirtualHostX Screen

Simply put, VirtualHostX is a GUI alternative to manually editing your "hosts" and "httpd-vhosts.conf" files without needing to fire up the Terminal.

Enter password

Once you have decided on a URL and pointed VirtualHostX to the directory where your site files are stored, the app requests your password in order to restart Apache and you are ready for development.

Win 1 of 3 free VirtualHostX licenses

I encourage you to download a trial version. In the meantime, I’m giving away 3 free licenses compliments of Tyler H. for readers. So how can you win a free license?

What two pieces of software would you need [without a doubt] in order to efficiently get work done on a daily basis? Share your two pieces of software and reasons why. Three comments will be picked at random to receive a free VirtualHostX license.

If you don’t win a complimentary license, the $9 registration fee is well worth the convenience and time saved setting up new virtual hosts.