Getting started is easy. You can download the latest version from here. Unzip the app and move it into your Mac's
The first time you launch VirtualHostX, you'll be greeted with the Welcome Screen as shown here:
Follow the three steps to install the software.
Clicking the "arrow" button next to "Step 1" will download and begin the installation process of VirtualBox. VirtualBox is a free application that allows you to run "virtual machines" inside your Mac. A virtual machine is totally separate computer running inside your real computer.
After VirtualBox finishes installing, return to the Welcome Screen and click the next arrow button to begin Step 2. This will download an install Vagrant. Vagrant is a free application that makes creating and configuring virtual machines easy.
Once the Vagrant installation comples, return to the Welcome Screen and run Step 3. This will begin downloading and creating your virtual machine. This step may take a few minutes and only needs to be done once.
During this step, VirtualHostX will automatically download and install a real Ubuntu Linux operating system inside your Mac in its own virtual machine. Ubuntu is the same type of operating system used on millions of web servers around the world. It's an ideal choice to run on your Mac because you can be certain that that websites you test locally with it on your Mac will work and behave the same way when you upload them to your real web server for the world to see.
After you've completed all the steps on the Welcome Screen, the main VirtualHostX window will appear as shown below:
Like many typical Mac apps, the VirtualHostX Main Window has two primary areas. On the left side is the sidebar, which contains a list of the websites you create. Clicking on a website will select it and display its details on the right side of the window.
Let's create your first website.
drupal. You can choose whatever makes sense to you.
Here is a screenshot of VirtualHostX with an example website setup:
In that screenshot, you can see that we have created a new website called "example". VirtualHostX tells us that we can view it in our web browser with the URL http://example.vhx.cloud:8080. You can either copy-and-paste that URL into your web browser, or the app can automatically open a web browser for you by double-clicking the website in the Sidebar or by clicking on the "Local URL" text in the Main Window.
That's it. You're done! You've successfully setup and created your first local website with VirtualHostX. You can create as many websites as you like - each one with a different domain name pointing to any folder on your Mac.
A few extra notes for the curious...
For more help...
We take great pride in our customer service. We're always happy to hear from you and help in any way we can. You can contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone/SMS at +1 615-307-7008. You can also submit questions, feature requests, and bug reports directly to us from within VirtualHostX using the "Help" menu.