Apache VirtualHost on Mac OSX

note to self:

to set up a virtual host named viho for local web development testing on OSX El Capitan (and probably earlier):

  1. define an alias name in /etc/hosts:       localhost viho
    ::1             localhost viho
  2. setup the virtual host configuration file /etc/apache2/other/viho.conf:
    <VirtualHost *:80>
      DocumentRoot "/path/to/where/the/files/are"
      ServerName viho

browse to http://viho/ and enjoy.

Apache on Mac OSX El Capitan

Note to self:

To start or stop the Apache webserver on Mac OSX El Capitan, use the terminal:

sudo apachectl start

sudo apachectl stop

sudo apachectl restart

The configuration is found in /etc/apache2/httpd.conf. The default DocumentRoot directory isĀ /Library/WebServer/Documents. Additional configuration files should be put in _/etc/apache2/other/*.conf_ files.

Run IntelliJ IDEA with actual Java version on OS X

With every update of IntelliJ IDEA, I stumble over this: IDEA wants to run on Java Version 6. As I don’t have this buggy outdated version on my Mac anymore, I always have to patch the config. To do this, locate the file named Info.plist in the Contents folder of the IntelliJ IDEA 14 CE.app directory. Open the file with TextEdit or any text editor of your choice and change the line




After that IJ will start using your default – hopefully actual – java version.

2015-06-21 Update: IntelliJ IDEA 15 EAP has it’s own custom Java8 built in, and also has the possibility to select the JDK to use when starting up. Cool.