How to connect to my local site from another PC on my local network ?

Posted June 5, 2016 2.6k views
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Hello Justin, I don’t know it the comments on the post about virtual host on ubuntu are still active but two things please :

  • first, your tutorial is perfectly clear and efficient (congratulations)

  • Second point is a question please :

Once we have set-up a Virtual Host, my problem is that I can’t reach the corresponding local site from another PC on the local network (precisely, i would like to connect to my local site from a smartphone connected to the local network).

So, I have a local site on /var/www/html/asite/ with a index.php inside.
I have created a virtual host “” for this site and when i am on the PC, I can get to this site, either by typing “” or “localhost/asite”.

If I enter “” or “” it goes automatically on “localhost/asite”, but it ‘works’ and I can see my site…(yet, i don’t understand why it goes to “localhost/asite” and doesnt stay on…)

I can reach a file like /var/www/html/ATestDir/index.php on my PC, just by entering ..This is OK…
But unfortunately, if (FROM MY PHONE) I try to connect to my site by typing “” or even “” or whatsoever… it goes automatically to localhost/asite and says that localhost doesn’t allow the connexion....

My /etc/hosts shows this :


a first Virtual Host : pierre-Satellite-L500

another VirtualHost

The following lines are desirable for IPv6 capable hosts

::1 ip6-localhost ip6-loopback
fe00::0 ip6-localnet
ff00::0 ip6-mcastprefix
ff02::1 ip6-allnodes
ff02::2 ip6-allrouters

By any chance, would you have an idea to solve this problem ?
thank you in advance,

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Hi @bastringue,

Your best bet would be to setup a DNS record that points to your server so that all devices within your network can reach the desired server. An alternative would be to update all of the computers on your network with the hosts entry as needed, but there’s no easy way to do this for phones unfortunately