I'm running OS X Yosemite and I'm trying to setup Apache so I can access files over my WiFi for my Chromecast application (runs using NodeJS).

So I followed some tutorials online (http://www.glenscott.co.uk/blog/re-enable-apache-php-web-sharing-on-os-x-yosemite/) and I can access my websites at:


I can also access something at:


One thing that's confusing me is where does just localhost and cameron.local point? I can't find the file I see anywhere! I tried /Library/WebServer/Documents but it's NOT the index.php file there... Any ideas where I can find it? Or find out? A spotlight search for the contents doesn't return anything!

Anyway when trying to access the contents of an example site on say my iPhone, etc, I can't do it! Because of my use of localhost so it would try and find the localhost of the device rather than my Mac.

I thought I could just replace localhost with my ip address... but when I enter my ip address nothing happens... I just get an endless loading.

How do I solve this? Do you have to do anything special to get ip addresses working?

Shouldn't just be able to do:


  • Can you add a link to the tutorial you've followed? It will make it easier for others to understand what your setup is now? Also, which files did you modify/install/add? – nohillside Jan 31 '15 at 21:24
  • Added the tutorial link. – Cameron Jan 31 '15 at 22:45
  • cameron.local should let people access the sites folder in your home directory (~/Sites) – dwightk Jan 31 '15 at 23:28
  • http://cameron.local/ should be identical to http://localhost/. To access the content of a user-specific Sites folder, use http://cameron.local/~cameron. Does this reduce your confusion? – nohillside Feb 1 '15 at 8:41
  • Be careful here: cameron.local should be the same as localhost when browsed to on your Mac called cameron. It will not be the same as cameron.local/~cameron or localhost/~cameron (which between the two of them should be the same). – nohillside Feb 1 '15 at 20:39

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