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HostsWidget allows you to manipulate your /etc/hosts file quickly and easily.
  • Add, enable and disable entries in the /etc/hosts file
  • Integrates with sudo
  • Flushes DNS cache automatically

What's New

Version 1.2:
  • Added compatibility for 10.6.
  • Rewritten to avoid using sudo.
  • New graphics.


Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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Beamy Member IconComment+200

Here are links for HostsWidget 1.1 :


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Version 1.2
Chrischram Member IconComment+85

One more data point: Version 1.2 has no effect on /etc/hosts whatsoever. I don't have version 1.1 to fall back on.

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Version 1.2
Terryfic Member IconComment+0

Maybe I need to find version 1.1. Same comment as the other 1.2 user... everything is dimmed, and even though I can type in the host and IP, nothing happens after I enter my password in the ensuing authentication box.

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Version 1.2

Me again. Found version 1.1 on my hard drive, and installed it. It works fine!

Kankei71 Member IconComment+100

Looks interesting but doesn't seem to work for me. Installed v1.2, typed test1, clicked on activate changes, entered password. Now, no changes at all in /etc/hosts

MacBook Pro OSX 10.6.2

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Version 1.2
PonyboyCurtis Member IconReview+0

This is freakin' awesome (to steal the tagline of a now-defunct Mac magazine). Absolutely perfect for what it does, it flushes the cache automatically, and is not ridiculously cumbersome like certain other utilities that do the same thing. Thank you for keeping us from writing shell scripts that would only confuse our average users!

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Version 1.1
nicholasdwilson Member IconComment+0

Fantastically simple to use - does what it says it does. Sure beats mucking around in terminal or screwing with the private/etc/hosts file. I've encountered no bugs so far.

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Version 1.1
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Downloads 3,736
Version Downloads 2,570
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Date 22 Jan 2010
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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