I used to be able to make foo.localhost, bar.localhost, etc. resolve to by adding


to /etc/dnsmasq.conf

But dnsmasq.conf doesn't exist in Ubuntu 14.04, and just creating it and adding the line doesn't work. Creating /etc/dnsmasq.d/star-dot-localhost with the line doesn't work either. So how do I do wildcard DNS redirection in Ubuntu 14.04?

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    Do you have dnsmasq installed? – Danatela May 8 '14 at 3:05
  • Oh. I thought it was installed by default. Thanks! – Alex Henrie May 9 '14 at 3:39

As @Danatela mentioned, you need to have dnsmasq installed in order for that approach to work. You can check if it is installed using apt-cache policy command:

$ apt-cache policy dnsmasq
  Installed: (none)
  Candidate: 2.68-1
  Version table:
     2.68-1 0
        500 http://ru.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/universe amd64 Packages

Use these commands to install it:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install dnsmasq

Alternatively, you can edit your /etc/hosts file and add the following entries:    foo.localhost    bar.localhost
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  • Is there any way to achieve the same result with "default" sw installed i.e. w/out dnsmasq? – lrkwz Feb 9 '16 at 8:42
  • Is it possible to create a dynamic host like if I enter xyz.localhost or pqr.localhost or etc.localhost then it will open the same? – Gomzy Sep 16 '19 at 7:12

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