Jerome Paulos

How to visit localhost on your phone

You might not know it, but you can host a website on your local network with just a single command! This trick works on macOS, but I’m not sure about other operating systems.

  1. Open Terminal and navigate to the directory of your app
  2. Type php -S (or whatever port you want)
  3. Find your private IP address in System Preferences > Network
  4. Make sure your phone and computer are on the same Wi-Fi network
  5. Open <IP ADDRESS>:8000 on your phone

Unfortunately, this won’t work if the school, café, or workplace that controls the Wi-Fi blocks peer-to-peer connections.