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I want to be able to easily and frequently edit my hosts file from a quick GUI. Any one know of one that exists?


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As already answered hosts is just a text file so you can use any text editor. Since it exists in /etc and you cannot edit as general user you need to use sudo. The graphical frontend to sudo is gksu. So basically doing gksu YOUR_GRAPHICAL_EDITOR /etc/hosts will do it OR you can use terminal with nano and vim. I recommend nano as it is quite easy.

sudo nano /etc/hosts

In order to ease the command you can use alias.

So edit your .bashrc file in your $HOME. i.e. In your terminal do:

nano .bashrc 


alias edithosts='gksu YOUR_GRAPHICAL_EDITOR /etc/hosts' OR 'sudo nano/vim/vi /etc/hosts'

and save it with Ctrl+x. And do source ~/.bashrc. Then you can use edithosts from commandline to use it.

If you use unity you may use quicklist as well What Custom Launchers and Unity Quicklists are available?

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sagarchalise's answer is great, I also discovered gnome-network-admin which includes a pretty nice interface to edit hosts

sudo aptitude install gnome-network-admin
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Perfect! As soon as you drop to terminal or require typing commands in alt-F2 you lose a lot of people who are not hardcore linux hackers... – Kristofer Mar 6 '13 at 16:51

It's not a special editor as such, but you could always Alt+F2 gksudo gedit /etc/hosts.

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Install this addon in firefox >>HostADmin 1.3.6 It is awesome !!!

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