Gas Mask
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Hosts file manager, edit hosts files and switch between them.   Free
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Gas Mask is a simple hosts file manager. It enables you to edit hosts files and switch between them.
What's New
Version 0.6:
  • Ability to activate multiple hosts files using combined hosts files
  • Ability to override external modifications
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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Gas Mask User Discussion (Write a Review)
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+4

Jeepster reviewed on 29 Jun 2013
A most excellent useful utility that makes editing the hosts file child's play.

Three minor issues that I have:-

1. using this utility adds and additional 'Permissions Repair' job to OS X's permission repair procedure when executed from Disk Utility. There is a permission repair for the 'hosts file' that never goes away every single time permission repair is executed. It is perpetual.

2. Not sure why, but if I click on setting within Gas Mask the setting windows won't show unless I open the editor window and then suddenly both windows open. This never happened on a previous version (a few versions back I think).... Or is it the other way round, i.e. click on settings to get the editor window open; I'm not 100% because I've just reinstalled Mac OS X & Bootcamp and have yet to install Gas Mask back as well as many other apps.

3. If I remember correctly, Gas Mask may not always automatically run upon 'log-in/boot up' even though start with login is enabled.

Otherwise an excellent utility and a must have if above could be remedied.
[Version 0.6]


burypromote

+71
Wickedsp1d3r commented on 19 Mar 2013
The latest version (0.7) is somewhat broken. The app opens but no visible window is shown. I have to manually stop the process to make it quit.
[Version 0.6]

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BigJohnson replied on 07 May 2013
I just updated to 0.7 and I don't see any difference. The app was always a bit hard to find until I got used to it - I too didn't think it was running because there was no window open. I'd try to open it several times, getting more annoyed with each attempt. Then I found the icon in my menu bar, and it's been all good since. It's the same for 0.7: click the icon, then click Show Editor Window.

Unfortunately, for the sites I've blocked a browser window still opens. But at least the page doesn't load - I end up with a page that says "Safari can't connect." Guess that's still better than seeing an ad, many of which are loud and obnoxious.
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+71
Wickedsp1d3r replied on 17 May 2013
Aha, I should have noticed it. Thanks for the clarification!
burypromote

+197
GeoProf replied on 01 Jul 2013
Where can I obtain v. 0.7? It’s nowhere to be found on the developer’s website.
burypromote

+275
MisterE commented on 03 Mar 2013
A good addition would be a button to flush the dnscacheutil or a preference to do it when the app is quit perhaps.
[Version 0.6]

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BigJohnson replied on 02 Jul 2013
I think I probably got v0.7 by using the updater, so give that a try.
burypromote

+1

Intelligentdna reviewed on 21 Sep 2012
Excellent... simple and it works. I switch hosts files constantly as I develop on my local server but want to keep domain references when I move the files to the live server.

I was about to say it'd be nice to have a menubar selection for my hosts files... then I looked at the menubar... it's there.

Well thought out... well executed... I'm off to the developer's site to donate.
[Version 0.6]


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+1

+94

JCH2 reviewed on 16 Jan 2012
Exceptional, though there are three things I would like to see added or addressed.

First, it shouldn't need to run resident if the host file is truly being reinitiated via a cache flush.

Second, it is quite slow to launch, though in part that might be that I'm using a hefty host file with additions from some of the adblock IP sites out there.

Third, and this is a very minor idea, it might be nice for some who are timid about this kind of thing to have a little "wizard" dialogue that walks a timid newbie through adding and entry to the end of the hosts list.

Again, this is a breath of fresh air... and eases the process of being add-free beyond just a browser plug-in. I have multiple browsers and web-access programs that are now more free of bandwidth parasites!
[Version 0.5.1]


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+197
GeoProf commented on 30 Sep 2011
Sounds great. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t know what to do with the Hosts file once I’d gotten it open with this app. I’ve heard a lot about blocking specific domains with it — can anyone tell me how to do that, or how to use Gas Mask to do that? Thanks!
[Version 0.5.1]


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xXAkumuXx reviewed on 26 Sep 2011
There's a glitch with this app in Lion. Whenever I edit the hosts file outside of using Gas Mask (doing it manually, basically), when I open Gas Mask, it doesn't show the newly added information to the hosts file in Gas Mask... no matter how many times I re-open the app. However, once I delete the Gas Mask preferences file and re-launch the app... it shows everything that was added to the hosts file. Every time I edit the hosts file manually, I have to delete the Gas Mask preferences file in order for it to display the information correctly. It works fine, of course... when I just simply use Gas Mask to edit the Hosts file, but there are some cases in which I do it by hand. Just a minor annoyance. Love the app, though.
[Version 0.5.1]


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rotero reviewed on 30 Jul 2011
It does what it says, and it does it great! I just used it and immediately donated! Great app!
[Version 0.5.1]


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+1

+374

Drdul reviewed on 19 Jun 2010
Wow! This is a pain-free way to add, edit and switch between hosts files. No need to fire up Terminal or a text editor. Works as advertised!
[Version 0.4]


burypromote

+2

Primer reviewed on 14 Mar 2009
Just what the doctor ordered. Finally a good alternative for Hostsman (XP) on the Mac. Please add search functionality to this app, so it's easier to find and edit/delete individual entries. It would also be fantastic if this app could automatically download the MVPS hosts file at set intervals. An iPod Touch/iPhone version of Gas Mask would be killer, I'd pay for it. Thanks for making this app, it's the first that gets installed on any Mac I encounter.
[Version 0.4]


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+1

+1
Olivia G had trouble on 22 Dec 2011
I downloaded gasmask onto my OS X version 10.6.7 and it didnt work. A default page came up (MT Media Temple server default page). It stopped me from seeing my live website and from seeing the website that was in progress of being built. My website it now live and I can't see it or access the admin page. I tried taking gasmask off my computer (by trashing it and emptying the trash). I emptied the cache and reset safari but it still wont let me view the admin page of my website. Have I done something wrong in the way I have deleted Gas Mask? Are the codes that I loaded still in the system somewhere. HELP!
[Version 0.5.1]


burypromote

+166
Shmk had trouble on 20 Sep 2010
Tried this for a while and my hosts files kept disappearing, blocked sites would then load. I will stick to editing by hand for now
[Version 0.5 b1]

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+1

+1
Siim Raud replied on 21 Sep 2010
Hi!

Please try version 0.5b1 and tell me how does it work for you.

+1

mmartinez74 rated on 08 Apr 2013

[Version 0.6]



robrob2k rated on 06 Dec 2012

[Version 0.6]



+9

Peter65 rated on 20 Jul 2012

[Version 0.5.1]



Laud-Of-Think-Woo rated on 04 Jan 2012

[Version 0.5.1]



+18

Sneferu rated on 23 Jan 2011

[Version 0.5]


Downloads:104,929
Version Downloads:57,727
Type:Business : Applications
License:Free
Date:20 Jul 2012
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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Gas Mask is a simple hosts file manager. It enables you to edit hosts files and switch between them.


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