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I'm trying to access a database that is hosted in a Mac localhost from my Android device which are both connected to the same network.

The localhost project is running at www.localhost:8000/

I've entered the IP: (of my laptop connection) to my phone browser and I was able to see the root folder of my project.

However, when I attempted to run it at, I was not able to access anything and the web browser returned "Webpage not available".

So the issue now is that I can access the root folder using my Android device but I cannot access the "localhost server" of my laptop.

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Does the phone browser support port numbers like :8000? Can you actually see something at with a browser on the Mac? –  pavium Jul 9 '11 at 12:49
From another computer localhost1 refers to the other computer. You would need to connect to from the other computer (the phone). You probably know that, but I'm just trying to make it clear. BTW sounds like the ADSL2+ modem I use, and the various computers in my LAN have IP addresses like 192.168.1.x where x>1 –  pavium Jul 9 '11 at 12:56
Hi Pavium , I've connected using a windows laptop and its also fine. I can access using the windows laptop within hte same network. But I cannot access though ... the web service in the mac is running at localhost:8000 and i was hoping to access it using the windows laptop at , any way it may work? –  jamen Jul 9 '11 at 13:01
I'm running out of ideas, but I think the situation is clearer now. Maybe this question would be answered better on ServerFault? I wonder if it could be flagged, and migrated to SF by a moderator? –  pavium Jul 9 '11 at 13:08
Hi pavium thanks for helping ! SF is which forum ? StackoverFlow ? –  jamen Jul 9 '11 at 13:27

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I would imagine this is because your server is set to listen on the loopback interface only. You can confirm this by looking at the output of netstat -an. As an example of output

Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address           Foreign Address         State      
tcp        0      0  *               LISTEN     

This means that this server (bind nameserver in this case) is only LISTENing for connections on port 53 on the address

You can get around this by either configuring the server to listen on the address or to do something like ssh tunneling to get around this. It's a bit of an old article (2007) but the contents is still relevent:

I personally use Putty to do port forwarding of this ilk on my windows hosts.

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hi Drav ! THanks ! I did the netstat and it shows How may i configure the server to listen on the address ? is it through the httpd.conf file ? or through the etc/hosts file ? –  jamen Jul 9 '11 at 13:34
@jamen - Ask this as another question. –  Nifle Jul 9 '11 at 13:36
Hi Nifle , what do you mean ? Is this question in the wrong forum ? Sorry :S –  jamen Jul 9 '11 at 13:41
Jamen, @Nifle means you should ask about how to configure the server as a separate question. This question seems to have been answered because you accepted Drav Sloan's answer. –  pavium Jul 9 '11 at 14:02

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