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How to Modify and Manage the Hosts File on Linux

Bertel King, Jr. March 14, 2019 Updated March 14, 2019 14-03-2019 4 minutes

There's a single file on your computer that serves as a small gateway between you and the web. It's called the hosts file. If you need to block websites or create personalized web shortcuts on Linux, you can tackle these jobs by adding or tweaking a few lines in the hosts file.

The hosts file is a plain text file that all operating systems use to translate hostnames (also known as web addresses or URLs) into IP addresses. When you type in a hostname, such as wikipedia.org, your system will look into the hosts file to get the IP address needed to connect to the appropriate server.

If you open the hosts file, you'll quickly notice that it doesn't have the directory of the entire internet in there. Instead, there ...

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