MAMP is a great GUI tool for creating server on localhost. But the free virsion of it only has very basic configurations. For example, creating a virtual host is not included. So I have to write the configurations on my own.
This article is based on Windows OS. Setup on Mac OS should be similar.
Why Virtual Hosts
Question: Why do we need to virtual hosts anyway? Answer: it simplifies your testing and developing. When developing a website, I want to visit it via something like
http://test.local, rather than
http://localhost/test/. The benefit of the former option is not just that it looks more like a real URL, or it is shorter. By creating
test.local as the local domain, the root directory for your site is configured to any location your would like it to be, so there is no more hazard of nested path.
First, add the desired domain to the system’s host file. It is located at
Add this line:
You can replace
test.local with almost anything of your choice.
Modify Apache Configuration
Find this line:
# Virtual Hosts # /Applications/MAMP/conf/apache/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf
Change it to
# Virtual Hosts Include C:\MAMP\conf\apache\httpd-vhosts.conf
Create Virtual Host Configuration
Now create the configuration file
NameVirtualHost *:80 <VirtualHost *:80> DocumentRoot 'C:\MAMP\htdocs' ServerName localhost </VirtualHost> <VirtualHost *:80> DocumentRoot 'C:\MAMP\htdocs\test' ServerName test.local </VirtualHost>
Start MAMP, your site should be available at