This article explains 3 steps to set-up your environment to handle dynamic virtual
hosts. You'll never again need to touch vhosts, or
to set up any new project.
At the end of these steps, you will be able to access
http://your-project-name.dev for any project in your project's path.
If you're on Linux, there is a complete guide for you here.
Step 1: dnsmasq
You'll need homebrew to install dnsmasq. Go to the website and
install it if you don't have it installed.
# update homebrew brew up # install dnsmasq. # BE SURE TO FOLLOW THE FINAL INSTRUCTIONS AT THE END OF THE INSTALLATION PROCESS brew install dnsmasq
After following the instructions to copy
dnsmasq.conf and LaunchDaemon files into your
system, let's configure
/usr/local/etc/dnsmasq.conf to respond for
# /usr/local/etc/dnsmasq.conf address=/dev/127.0.0.1
Step 2: DNS resolver
sudo mkdir -p /etc/resolver sudo tee /etc/resolver/dev >/dev/null <<EOF nameserver 127.0.0.1 EOF
To test if dnsmasq + resolver are working, try to ping any host
# You shouldn't have broken your DNS ping www.google.com 64 bytes from 220.127.116.11: icmp_seq=0 ttl=58 time=45.689 ms # .dev TLD should refer to 127.0.0.1 ping my.custom.domain.dev 64 bytes from 127.0.0.1: icmp_seq=0 ttl=64 time=0.045 ms
Step 3: webserver virtual-host wildcard
# /etc/apache2/users/<my-user>.conf <Virtualhost *:80> VirtualDocumentRoot "/Users/<my-user>/Projects/%1/public" ServerName vhosts.dev ServerAlias *.dev UseCanonicalName Off <Directory "/Users/<my-user>/Projects/*"> Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews AllowOverride All Order allow,deny Allow from all </Directory> </Virtualhost>
Reboot your apache, and you're done!