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How to add a custom domain name on your localhost using XAMPP. Codes are based on Windows, but Step 2 onwards are pretty much applicable on other operating system.
Step 1:
Go to: C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\hosts
And add this to the bottom of the file:
Step 2:
Go to [your XAMPP directory]/apache/conf/httpd-xampp.conf
Step 3:
Go to the bottom of the file and copy & paste this code:
<VirtualHost *:80>
Options Indexes FollowSymLinks Includes ExecCGI
AllowOverride All
Require all granted
* Replace [PATH TO YOUR CUSTOM FOLDER] to the folder where your files are located.
Ex: C:/my/www/folder/
* must be the same on Step 1 & Step 3
Step 4:
Stop Apache on XAMPP, wait for 5 seconds, then click "Start" to start again your Apache.
If all things go well, you can go to your browser, type
and it will now happily point to your custom local folder.
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shahhussain305 commented Nov 13, 2015

Wonderful work, i really appreciated it.
It will also be appreciable if you please share the same process for Ubuntu Server.

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IA21 commented Feb 1, 2017

Thanks a lot man!

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Thientran2910 commented May 17, 2017

Thank you very much

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effiemakri commented Nov 20, 2017

Hello, thanks for these instructions.
I followed them for a Mac (v 10.12.6), and when I went to "localhost" (which is what my is set up to be), I get the message: Forbidden: You don't have permission to access / on this server.
Any ideas?

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Rajeshkr198 commented Mar 14, 2018

It doesn't work in my case... Google respond this site can't be reached

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MuslimHS commented Mar 27, 2018

Hi, thanks for this simple explanation. It really saved my time.
One thing though, I think there's a slight mistake on Step 2: Go to [your XAMPP directory]/apache/conf/httpd-xampp.conf , shouldn't it be httpd-vhosts.conf?

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acxgray commented Oct 30, 2018

Thanks a lot men, It's working on my XAMPP

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ne3nay commented Nov 5, 2018


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noneuf commented Nov 13, 2018

On mac, I get this message after following the instructions, any ideas?
You don't have permission to access / on this server.
Additionally, a 403 Forbidden error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

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definitelyme commented Nov 18, 2018

Excellent. Great job man

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huraji commented Apr 9, 2019

Nice but I have a question. I'm trying to access this subdomain from a mobile device connected to the same wifi. So I type the IP address of my machine and I get redirected to the subdomain but I get "Could not connect to the server".
I'm running an SSL self signed, XAMPP, Windows 10. Do you have suggestion?

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mateegojra commented Oct 3, 2019

great effort.... short and easy to understand (Y)

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fpascual-sollutia commented Jan 15, 2020

It works. As easy as it seems. Thank you!

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