How to access local site on Mac for testing in IE/Edge?

Discussion in 'Windows Guest OS Discussion' started by DavidN9, Sep 11, 2017.

  1. DavidN9

    DavidN9 Bit Poster

    I have searched and searched for an answer to this question and found nothing that works. I am running parallels 13 with a windows 10 installation in shared network mode and tried editing host file, entering the IP address of my mac directly, and nothing works. Disabled firewalls entirely on both machines.

    At this point I'm ready to abandon Parallels for VirtualBox, which works out of the box with the default "NAT" setting. All I have to do is ipconfig, obtain the IP address of the default gateway, and add it to my hosts file - boom - it works perfectly. Parallels however I have spent hours and hours trying to resolve, with no success. I am able to ping my host machine (MacOS sierra at but adding that IP to my hosts with my " " or "localhost" URL, it can't find the site.
  2. DavidN9

    DavidN9 Bit Poster

    This seems like an extremely common use case, and during the Parallels setup it even offers the option to download the free IE testing VM from microsoft, but there is no documentation or support provided for configuring parallels for testing your mac hosted site. seems crazy to me that there is no FAQ or guide provided for this, especially for the price parallels charges for its software.
  3. PhilipTobias

    PhilipTobias Bit Poster

    Using MAMP Pro, I can use the Edge browser in my Parallels 13 virtual machine to browse to sites being developed locally on my Mac. In my setup, I use the URL that shows in the Name resolution area of the MAMP Pro - Hosts window.

    Hope that helps.
  4. GregR3

    GregR3 Bit Poster

    I wanted to chime in in case anyone else that finds this thread, and is using Local by Flywheel.

    You will need to add this IP address: to your (Windows) hosts file, for each of the sites you're working on.

    For example: foobaz.local

    I hope this helps!

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