How to modify a hosts file in Windows 7, Windows 8/10, Mac OS and Ubuntu? Print

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Following are the steps to modify the host file in Windows 7, MacOS and Ubuntu.

Windows 7 :

Note: You can also use these steps to modify the host file in Windows 8/10 as well.

  1. Press Windows+R to open Run.

  2. Enter Below Command to open host file in notepad.

    notepad c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts 
  3. Modify the required line and save your changes.

Ubuntu :

We will use nano editor to modify host file in ubuntu. You can use your favorite editor. You can find host file at path /etc/ folder. We logged in as root user here. You can use sudo if you are not logged in with root user.

  1. Hit below command.

    # nano /etc/hosts

  2. Modify the Required line and save your settings by ctr+x Button. Press Y to complete save changes.

Mac OS X : 

You will find the host file in MAC OS at the same path as we see in Ubuntu.

  1. Open a GUI Text Editor.

  2. Access the file at /etc/ folder using below command.

    # vim /etc/hosts
  3. Modify your changes and save the Host file.

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