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Hostal is a user friendly DNS database software for novices and advanced users. Allows local IP address mapping by creating a Hosts file for your computer. Local IP mapping can help speed up Web surfing, and allows content filtering and privacy protection by blocking designated hosts. Hostal ships with a large database of advertising and adult content sites and easily allows you to customize or add your own. Hostal supports Time to Live to prevent stale host mappings. For users on a network, Hostal detects an existing Hosts file and incorporates those settings as well. Hostal supports exporting hosts files for different more...

What's New

Version 1.6:
  • Adds the ability to block Google services, advertising, and tracking.
  • Adds the ability to restore system default hosts file.
  • Makes improvements to social media blocking.
  • Makes improvements to ad blocking.
  • Minor bug fixes and improvements.


OS X 10.4 or later

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Macarone Member IconReview+5

The manual just tells about all the wonderful features. It does not explain how to access them. "Save as Mac Hosts File" produces a file with that name. Then what? At least an application like TextWrangler is able to update the actual hosts file, and this works.

So one is in effect paying for a list of proposed sites to add to the real hosts file, and you still need to use another application to actually do it.

If I've missed something, please explain and add to the manual!

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Version 1.5
GeoProf Member IconComment+889

Two questions:

1) This hasn’t been updated in a year and a half. Is Northern Softworks still managing its "large database of advertising and adult content sites” and updating our apps when it calls home, or has that feature been abandoned too?

2) What happens if I uninstall Hostal from my OS 10.6.8 iMac? Will there then be 2 Hosts files but no app to recognize/integrate the one created by Hostal, and therefore the original Host file would take over? Any other lingering issues caused by uninstalling?

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Version 1.5
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Version 1.4.8

That’s a shame, I’d like an easy way to block things via the Hosts file, which I’ve never done before but have heard much about.

BiL-C Member IconReview+33

Hostal makes editing your hosts file is really simple, plus DNS lookups, ad filtering and host blocking make this a fantastic utility. Speed up connections to web sites you visit frequently by adding them to your hosts file. Map local network resources (printer, TiVo, etc) to DNS names so you can refer to them by an easy to remember name instead of the IP address.

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Version 1.4.6
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Downloads 11,246
Version Downloads 159
License Shareware
Date 15 May 2014
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $9.99
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