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Headdress is a handy application that helps you manage virtual hosting on your Mac. Headdress speeds the editing of the Apache config file and makes enabling PHP "one-click" easy.

Say "goodbye" to nesting sites in your Sites folder... with Headdress, each site gets its own URL and turns your Mac into the smart local server it should be.

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Version 1.3.8: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.


Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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Theodore Lee Member IconComment+12
Theodore Lee

The developers website has been down for at least a couple of days and the download is inaccessible. Is this app dead?

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Version 1.3.8

Moved to: http://headdressapp.com

Schmelding Member IconReview+151

I love this app. I can muck my way around *.conf files with the best of them, but Headdress really makes life easy for me.

Only one feature request: The ability to turn on/off the preview thumbnails (for speed if we have a lot of sites listed).

Headdress, will you marry me?

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Version 1.3.8
OSXFactor Member IconReview+41

Good little utility takes the pain/chore out of configuring Apache on your local machine for development/testing. It does what it does very well. My only wish is that you could set up subdomains instead of using different ports. For example, instead of having a site listed at localhost:9000, and localhost:9001, I would rather set them up as site1.localhost and site2.localhost. I can do this manually with the Apache conf file, but I wish I could do it with headdress.

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Version 1.3.6

Just google for /etc/hosts

OSXFactor Member IconComment+41

Seems to be an issue w/ 1.3.5. I've downloaded and installed, but the
version is listed at 1.3.4, even thought the .dmg is titled 1.3.5.
When it launches, it notifies me of the 1.3.5 version, and I approve
the install and relaunch. But upon relaunch, it is still version 1.3.4.

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Version 1.3.5
OSXFactor Member IconComment+41

Nice little app. However, it would be nice to assign sites a subdomain too, in addition to moving them to a different port #. I know you can do this (thanks to this site: http://allforces.com/2005/08/23/wordpress-on-mac-subdomains/), and it's nicer than using different ports (which can get confusing after adding a few sites).

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Version 1.0

Excellent idea! We are actively developing the product and will add this to our list. Feel free to submit more suggestions in our forum as well.


Even though the demo and default behavior use port numbers, it appears you can actually specify sub-domains in Advance Options (Server Name) when editing an entry. You will still need to manually edit your hosts file though.

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Downloads 4,807
Version Downloads 2,518
License Shareware
Date 30 Oct 2007
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $14.99
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