LiveHosts

LiveHosts

Switch your host/IP mappings in real time without editing your hosts file

LiveHosts
What is LiveHosts?
"LiveHosts" is a specially designed Firefox extension. Its function is to enable users to simulate hosts file modifications by redirecting specific domains to selected IPs, along with an additional Host header. The unique feature of LiveHosts is that your browser's address bar reflects these redirections by displaying the hostname right after the IP. This saves the user from the trouble of manually editing the host files for each switch, streamlining the procedure and ensuring a smoother browsing experience.
Merlin
Stats
By: Aioros
Users: 1,292 ▼ -7
Rating: 3.44 (32)
Version: 1.1.3 (Last updated: 2019-06-14)
Creation date: 2019-06-10
Weekly download count: 41
Firefox on Android: No
Risk impact: High risk impact
Risk likelihood: Low risk likelihood
Manifest version: 2
Permissions:
  • tabs
  • webRequest
  • webRequestBlocking
  • storage
  • http://*/*
  • https://*/*
Size: 106.88K
URLs: Website
Stats date:

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LiveHosts
LiveHosts (v2.0.0)
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Summary

LiveHosts is an extension that allows you to simulate hosts file modification by redirecting domains to the chosen IPs with an additional Host header. The browser's address bar reflects this behaviour showing the hostname right after the IP (e.g. http://127.0.0.1/www.example.com/).

User reviews
User reviews summary
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Pros
  • Useful for bypassing flaky DNS and testing
  • Can be convenient for redirecting traffic to a specific IP address
  • Helps in server migration and testing before DNS update
Cons
  • URL rewriting breaks links on some sites
  • Does not properly set the 'Host' header for HTTP requests
  • Add-on interface closes when switching windows making it hard to copy/paste values
  • Incompatibility with HTTPS and DNS over HTTPS
Most mentioned
  • URL rewriting
  • Issues with setting Host header correctly
  • User interface issues
  • Breaks site functionality
  • Not working with HTTPS and DNS over HTTPS
Recent reviews
by weilinfox, 2024-01-17
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Safety
Risk impact

LiveHosts is risky to use as it requires a number of sensitive permissions that can potentially harm your browser and steal your data. Exercise caution when installing this add-on. Review carefully before installing. We recommend that you only install LiveHosts if you trust the publisher.

Risk likelihood

LiveHosts has earned a fairly good reputation and likely can be trusted.

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