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i need to test my web site, running on a local Mac, under several browsers in Windows.

I use Windows XP, installed in Parallels Desktop.

It would be great, when i will be able to access my http://localhost:3000 from Windows, sitting in virtual environment (Parallels).

How to wire all the stuff up ?


I figured out, how to access shared web-site on the mac.

I have following settings:

Parallels Desktop -> Preferences -> Network -> Shared Network

"Parallels Shared Networking Adapter #0" i tweaked with ip=

From WinXP this ip is accessible via ping.

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>ping imac.local

Pinging imac.local [] with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=64
Reply from bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=64
Reply from bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=64
Reply from bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=64

When on the Mac i turn the "Shared Web" on, the address "http://imac.local/~AntonAL" will get accessible from WinXP and Mac. Note, that i have set the name of my mac to "iMac", which is equivalent to ip=

But, the only problem, i can't figure out is unaccessible port 3000.

So, the address "http://imac.local:3000" is still does't work from WinXP. Actually, it is not accessible even from the Mac ... possible i'm doing something wrong.

The question is - which address should i use in WinXP-side, to be able to access "localhost:3000" on the Mac-side? Tried ips of "Parallels Shared Networking Adapter #0", gateway, ip of the Mac, but still no success ...

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Related: superuser.com/q/236695/89976 –  Renaud Jul 12 '11 at 9:01

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Try finding out your Mac's local IP address and accessing the webpage on your VM using that address.

You can find out your Mac's IP address under System Preferences, using the command ifconfig, or with some apps or Dashboard widgets (like iSlayer's iStat).

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it does not works –  AntonAL Jun 17 '10 at 12:15
For me, simply getting Mac's IP with ifconfig and browsing to ipfromifconfig:9000 worked. Remember to check that your server application doesn't have something like "restricted access only from localhost" etc –  touko May 22 '12 at 9:12

Type 'ipconfig' on your Windows command line. You will see information similar to what I see below:

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . : localdomain
   IPv6 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : fdb2:2c26:f4e4:0:a1e2:ed15:e43a:daf7
   Temporary IPv6 Address. . . . . . : fdb2:2c26:f4e4:0:b5d9:4d70:47a:b0b0
   Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::a1e2:ed15:e43a:daf7%11
   IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . :
   Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

If you note, in the last line is your Default Gateway and two lines above that is IPv4 Address. Default Gateway is the virtual router between your Windows and Mac OS X. Since, Windows is using IP address of x.x.x.3 and router is using x.x.x.1, then Mac is available at x.x.x.2. In my case I am able to access Mac at So you can access your web server using http://x.x.x.2/ and in my case I use:

I have edited my Windows 'hosts' file with following entry:     localhost.mac

Now, I can type http://localhost.mac/ to access the web server running on my Mac. Though, this step of editing 'hosts' file in not required, it helps me.

As a side note, you can access your Windows based web server from Mac using the IPv4 address you get when you type 'ipconfig' on Windows.

Another way you can get Mac's virtual IP address is to type the following command on Mac OS X's Terminal:

ifconfig vnic0

'vnic0' is the virtual ethernet that Parallels installs on your Mac. In case, you have multiple Virtual Machine instances running you will see multiple virtual ethernet. All these virtual ethernets will begin with the word 'vnic'. If you have two VMs running, you will see 'vnic0' and 'vnic1' listed when you simply run 'ifconfig' command on Terminal.

In my case, when I type 'ipconfig vnic0' I get the following output, you will note that you get inet x.x.x.x IP address listed which.

    ether 00:1c:42:00:00:08 
    inet netmask 0xffffff00 broadcast
    media: autoselect
    status: active

I hope this helps you.



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