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I'm using the built-in server on my Mac.

The URL to my Sites folder is: http://localhost/~username/

with MAMP I had just http://localhost/.

Is there any way to get just http://localhost/ with the built-in server?

I have only one user account on my Mac.

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

You want to change the "DocumentRoot" setting in the file /etc/apache2/httpd.conf, and restart web sharing.

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I have also just changed DocumentRoot in /etc/apache2/httpd.conf. But another option is to use vhosts:

  1. Uncomment Include /private/etc/apache2/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf in /etc/apache2/httpd.conf
  2. Add this to /etc/apache2/users/username.conf or /etc/apache2/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf:

    <VirtualHost *:80>
        DocumentRoot "/Users/username/Sites"
        ServerName localhost
  3. sudo apachectl restart

If you get an error like You don't have permission to access / on this server, try adding this to /etc/apache2/users/username.conf:

<Directory "/Users/username/Sites/">
    Options Indexes MultiViews
    AllowOverride All
    Order allow,deny
    Allow from all
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Go to /etc/apache2/httpd.conf


DocumentRoot  "/Library/WebServer/Documents"
<Directory "/Library/WebServer/Documents">

Change it to:

DocumentRoot "/Users/bob/Sites"
<Directory "/Users/bob/Sites">

Where bob is your username. Now you can access localhost/mywebsite instead of localhost/~bob/mywebsite

You might need to restart apache sudo apachectl restart

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You need to put your site in /Library/WebServer (not sure about WebServer part but it should be similar) and make sure permissions are correct.

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I want to have the files in the Sites folder, can I create an hardlink/symlink or something? – Sindre Sorhus Sep 5 '09 at 17:13
Yes, you can. But do it in the Terminal, the Finder doesn't really create real hard/symlinks. – Christian Studer Sep 16 '09 at 11:43

The best way to do this, which I've already done is this terminal command (first delete, rename or move the Documents folder out of /Library/WebServer): ln -s ~/Sites/ /Library/WebServer/Documents.

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