Gas Mask
Gas Mask
0.8.6

4.6

Gas Mask free download for Mac

Gas Mask0.8.6

25 June 2018

Hosts-file manager, edit hosts files, and switch between them.

Overview

Gas Mask is a simple hosts file manager. It enables you to edit hosts files and switch between them.

What's new in Gas Mask

Version 0.8.6:
  • Changed how the hide editor window logic works so that relaunching is not necessary (by Andrew Muraco)
  • Upgraded the version of the Sparkle framework to the latest

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37 Reviews of Gas Mask

Flash1296
09 December 2008
Version: 0.3

Most helpful

This looks very promising. Sadly, there is not so much as a tiny text file to tell you how to use this appl'. A User's Guide would be great. Even a FAQ would be so very welcome. meanwhile the appl' launches but I cannot fathom how to accomplish anything with it !
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5
ysabine9
09 May 2020
Version: 0.8.6
it works which is good but i'm tyring to install sth but as soon as i want to open the installer it says you need to update but cant help when it says you need to update the new version can someone help?
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sunrisedigital
25 March 2020
Version: 0.8.6
its not needed do it manually. after reading this web site notes i found it is the same in iOS and on windows computers . read this. Blocking Websites Using the Windows Hosts File. https://helpdeskgeek.com/networking/edit-hosts-file/
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4
popgunn3
26 April 2018
Version: 0.8.5
So Far so good. 1) However, I am having difficulty blocking HTTPS:// sites. Is there something special that I am supposed to do to make the program block https:// sites? Currently I am logging in the site as (example)... 127.0.0.1 https://huffingtonpost.com Am I doing it correctly? 2) I am also having trouble with foreign websites from NZ etc. Gas Mask keeps underlining them in RED (same for https). Does the red underline mean anything??? 3) Is there an instruction manual for this program/app?
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christopher-johnson
12 July 2017
Version: 0.8.5
Is there a way to reorder items in the list in Gas Mask? I have a bunch of sequentially-numbered servers saved there and my need to have things listed in order is driving me crazy... If not here, is there a better forum to post my question?
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joaopedros2
22 January 2017
Version: 0.8.4
On macOS Sierra 10.12.2 continues to crash. :(
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Cowicide
11 October 2016
Version: 0.8.3
CowTip: See Dev on GitHub for update beta that works with Sierra.
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5
gabhishek51
12 September 2016
Version: 0.8.3
Gas mask prompt me for a password everytime i login to my system.This issue popped up after i upgraded to EL capitan.
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5
Panocha
11 September 2016
Version: 0.8.3
Works great! I just wish there was a Pref Pane version too.
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4
Big Johnson
15 June 2016
Version: 0.8.3
Despite the existing vulnerability, I give it high marks.

I've been using this app for quite some time and find it invaluable.
It makes it extremely easy to edit the hosts file, and multiple versions can be saved, making it quick and easy to switch between them (for testing etc.).

I currently have over 27000 entries, and haven't noticed a slowdown from the original hosts file.


This is a good source for hosts file blocklists:
https://github.com/StevenBlack/hosts

Lately I've been using the Unified hosts + gambling + porn list.
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5
Alex-Macinsky
24 February 2016
Version: 0.8.3
Oldie and still goodie.
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5
uce-hole
21 November 2015
Version: 0.8.3
One of those useful little utilities that has been around for years & is still being updated. Thank you dev!
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2
stu241
30 June 2015
Version: 0.8.1
It worked perfectly as it should. But then I closed the program and I now can't find it to use it again or modify what I have done. It isn't in the Apps folder and I have searched for it in spotlight and finder and can only find the installation file (which does nothing now when I click on it). Help! Where does this program install?
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5
Rumplestiltskin
31 March 2015
Version: 0.8.1
Works exactly as advertised; even in Yosemite! Thanks very much!
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Kobalt
16 November 2014
Version: 0.8
Incremental update available fro GitHub https://github.com/2ndalpha/gasmask/releases/tag/0.8.1
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5
Drdul
10 September 2014
Version: 0.8
I've been wanting to use my hosts file to block access to undesirable websites, but didn't want the hassles of manually editing and updating it. Then I discovered Gas Mask, which makes it oh-so-easy to use alternate hosts files. All I had to do was launch it, add a new remote hosts file (I use http://someonewhocares.org/hosts/hosts), activate the new hosts file, and I'm done. It will update the hosts file when new versions are available, so I don't have to do anything more. And as an added bonus, I have cool gas mask icon in my menubar.
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5
exiter
07 September 2014
Version: 0.8
Very useful!
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5
umzyi
01 August 2014
Version: 0.8
Awesome software
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5
Xenophile
01 July 2014
Version: 0.8
Awesome! Gas Mask not only edits hosts files with ease, it also manages multiple hosts files. I like that it stays out of the way unless I'm using it, unlike another hosts file editor that plops itself in my System Preferences pane. The icon is the ultimate in cool. I put it in my dock just to show it off. Works fine in Mavericks 10.9.3.
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5
Kobalt
24 June 2014
Version: 0.8
Makes it so-o easy to edit my host file!
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4.5
Istra
23 June 2014
Version: 0.6
new version (0.8) functioning OK on Mavericks OSX 10.9.3 is out at: http://github.com/2ndalpha/gasmask
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sambear1965
18 May 2014
Version: 0.6
Is this utility abandonware?
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4.5
Jeepster
29 June 2013
Version: 0.6
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.
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wickedsp1d3r
19 March 2013
Version: 0.6
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.
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MisterE
03 March 2013
Version: 0.6
A good addition would be a button to flush the dnscacheutil or a preference to do it when the app is quit perhaps.
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5
Intelligentdna
21 September 2012
Version: 0.6
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.
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5
anonymous-dingo-653
16 January 2012
Version: 0.5.1
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!
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Olivia-G
23 December 2011
Version: 0.5.1
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!
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GeogProf
30 September 2011
Version: 0.5.1
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!
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5
xXAkumuXx
26 September 2011
Version: 0.5.1
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.
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5
rotero
30 July 2011
Version: 0.5.1
It does what it says, and it does it great! I just used it and immediately donated! Great app!
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Shmk
20 September 2010
Version: 0.5 b1
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
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Drdul
19 June 2010
Version: 0.4
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!
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Primer
14 March 2009
Version: 0.4
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.
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Lunelson1
18 February 2009
Version: 0.4
Just want to say thanks, for making this available. Very useful functionality that until now was much harder to use.
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Sverdianto
09 February 2009
Version: 0.4
This is a great app!!! If you're open for suggestion, I would suggest your future changes will be: - A short help page - In Window mode, Apple menu bar does not show your app as an active window, add Quit and Help menu there would be great - Hosts file editor looks pretty if you're using a fixed length font style (Monaco?) Thanks,
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Tekl
24 January 2009
Version: 0.4
Great App. Exactly what I need.
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Flash1296
09 December 2008
Version: 0.3
This looks very promising. Sadly, there is not so much as a tiny text file to tell you how to use this appl'. A User's Guide would be great. Even a FAQ would be so very welcome. meanwhile the appl' launches but I cannot fathom how to accomplish anything with it !
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Free

4.6

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Mac OS X 10.6.0 or later

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