Hostal
Hostal
1.6

2.8

Hostal free download for Mac

Hostal

1.6
15 May 2014

IP address mapping tool.

Overview

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 platforms. Easy to use database makes managing a Hosts file a snap.

What's new in Hostal

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.

6 Hostal Reviews

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Macarone
24 April 2014

Most helpful

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
Big Johnson
17 November 2016
This looks more to be more difficult to use than Gas Mask, and has several negative comments. The ONLY reason it doesn’t have a half-star rating is because of one obviously uneducated review from 5.5 years ago.
I seriously doubt it was "fantastic" then, when it hasn’t received a single positive review since.

I highly recommend using Gas Mask and one of the many blocklists available online.
I get mine from https://github.com/StevenBlack/hosts.
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Version 1.6
Sgginc
24 November 2014
Rewrote my Host file with 300-500 redirects to 0.0.0.0. without my knowledge. Be careful. Thanks ... Ken
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Version 1.6
Macarone
24 April 2014
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
GeogProf
22 December 2013
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
GeogProf
30 September 2011
DOES NOT WORK ON LION (10.7.1).
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Version 1.4.8
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PorkPieHat
PorkPieHat
30 September 2011
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.
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BiL-C
05 March 2011
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
$9.99

2.8

App requirements: 
  • Intel 32
  • PPC 32
  • Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later
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