In ubuntu, I want to create an alias for localhost:8080/ as www.my-domain.com/. So that whenever I type www.my-domain.com/ in URL field, it shows up from localhost:8080/. What is the easiest way to set this up ? Is there any application that could just do this mapping?

In windows, I used to use Fiddler2 to achieve the same goals.

  • Do you want this to be browser-independent? – jobin Feb 20 '14 at 19:34
  • Possible duplicate: askubuntu.com/questions/26386/renaming-localhost – saiarcot895 Feb 20 '14 at 19:34
  • @saiarcot895: No its not! The OP has given an example for localhost, its not how to rename it. – jobin Feb 20 '14 at 19:36
  • @Jobin: Preferably yes, but browser dependent may also be acceptable. – Rajat Gupta Feb 20 '14 at 19:50
  • @saiarcot895: I also had a look to that question earlier but the answer there doesn't work for port forwarding.. – Rajat Gupta Feb 20 '14 at 19:51

You can add a /etc/hosts entry like the following:   my-domain.com

Make sure to use a lo address unused before.

Then you add an iptables rule to redirect the traffic incoming into to

iptables -t nat -A OUTPUT -d -p tcp --dport 80 -j REDIRECT --to-port 8080
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For doing this on firefox, you can install the Redirector add-on. After installing, restart firefox and then go to Tools > Add-ons > Redirector > Preferences.

Click on "New Redirect...". And in the "Include Pattern" field add www.my-domain.com/ or whatever you want the redirection to occur from. And in the "Redirect to" field, add localhost:8000. Type www.my-domain.com/ in the "Example URL" field and click "Test pattern" if you want to confirm it works. If you see this:

redirection successful

You will be able to type www.my-domain.com/ to go to localhost:8000.

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  • anything similar for chrome as well ? – Rajat Gupta Feb 20 '14 at 20:03
  • oops .. that is a redirect solution, not an alias.. sorry I didn't wanted this.. – Rajat Gupta Feb 20 '14 at 20:06
  • @user01: How exactly would it matter? – jobin Feb 20 '14 at 20:07
  • @user01: Did you have a look at the link posted by saiarcot895: askubuntu.com/questions/26386/renaming-localhost? – jobin Feb 20 '14 at 20:12
  • actually it does.. I use domain as alias for localhost while in developemnt mode – Rajat Gupta Feb 20 '14 at 20:15

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