Setting Up A Virtual Host (vhost) on Mac OS X and Gracefully Restarting Apache Web Server

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A great way to work on website in Mac OS X is to set up a vhost. Doing so is very easy. In System Preferences click on Sharing and then make sure you have Personal Web Sharing turned on. Then, open or create your vhosts.conf file (/private/etc/httpd/users/vhosts.conf). Enter the VirtualHost information (see snippet below). The ServerName can be anything and the DocumentRoot should be the path to the folder where you want to build the website. Lastly, open the Terminal and enter the command below. It will restart Apache and will enable your new vhost.

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  1. //This is the code that goes in the vhosts.conf file (/private/etc/httpd/users/vhosts.conf)
  2. //Substitute domain.web for domain you will use to access the vhost on your computer.
  3. //For example, if I was working on, I would change domain.web to cnn.web. For the
  4. //document root I would change to
  6. <VirtualHost *:80>
  7. ServerName domain.web
  8. DocumentRoot /Library/WebServer/Documents/
  9. </VirtualHost>
  11. //This is the command line to be used in to restart Apache gracefully.
  13. sudo apachectl -k graceful

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