Setting up a VirtualHost in MAMP


If you’ve installed a MAMP dev environment and have found the instructions you’ve read elsewhere for setting up a virtual host on port :80 aren’t working, the following should get you sorted.

1. First of all, make sure Mountain Lion’s not running Apache separately from MAMP. To do so, open, and copy/paste this into the Terminal window:

sudo launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/org.apache.httpd.plist

(that’s all one line!)

Enter your admin password when prompted. Be aware that it will be invisible as you type, so type carefully. If you get an error message that says “Sorry, try again”, then indeed, try again. Only type more carefully this time! :D. On the other hand, if Terminal just returns the prompt after you hit ‘return’ or reports ‘Nothing to unload’ then you’re good to go to Step 2.

2. Assuming that you want to call your virtual host site ‘mytest’, then add to the last line of the /etc/hosts file: mytest


3. That’s the easy part! Next, add to the end of the /Applications/MAMP/conf/apache/httpd.conf file the following text:

NameVirtualHost *

<VirtualHost *>

DocumentRoot /Applications/MAMP/htdocs

ServerName localhost


<VirtualHost *>

DocumentRoot /Users/shortusername/Sites/mytest

ServerName mytest


Note that there are quote marks around both DocumentRoot filepaths. Also, be sure to change the items highlighted in red to reflect your own shortuser name and site name.

4. Go into your Home folder in the Finder, and create a folder called ~/Sites/mytest/ (before creating the ‘mytest’ folder, you may need to create the parent folder ‘Sites’ if it doesn’t already exist).

5. Create an ‘index.html’ file inside ~/Sites/mytest/ that looks something like this:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<p>My virtual host site is up!</p>

6. Finally, be sure to restart the MAMP servers and you should be up and running! 🙂

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For further help with MAMP, please see the documentation here.

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