How to modify hosts file in MAC?

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asked Feb 12, 2019 by Hitesh Garg (799 points)  

I want to add the name to the host file for an IP. How to do that in a MAC system using the command line terminal.

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answered Feb 12, 2019 by Hitesh Garg (799 points)  
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Use the following steps -

  • Launch Terminal, type sudo nano /private/etc/hosts and press Return. You’ll need to also enter your admin password to execute it, as with all sudo commands.
  • You will now have the hosts file open in the Nano editor. Use the arrow keys on your keyboard, to navigate and edit the file.
  • Go to the bottom of the file and add the desired IP followed by the host name (or domain name). Save the file and you are all set.
  • Use your Web browser to test the changes and flush the cache with dscacheutil -flushcache if they still haven’t taken into effect.

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How to edit hosts file