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Instead of changing my host file I'd like Firefox to think my domain is on my own server while my other browser uses the real IP address. I used to edit my host files but that forces both browsers to change the IP address.

I found change host, but it doesn't appear to use the alternative host file. I also saw a comment asking when it will work on Firefox 6+.

I tried Host Admin and it fails. It works but the alternative IP address must be in your host file already (which I don't want) and it lets you deselect a domain so the host file is ignored which is not what I want.

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You can use FoxyProxy Standard for that. It is free.

With FoxyProxy you can make that all requests to www.somedomain.com/* to be served by another ip address only for firefox, without touching your hosts file, and the other browsers will be served by original/normal ip address.

It is very easy: You create a new proxy with "Add New Proxy", and in Details you assign your "other" ip address in "Host or IP Address" and the port, and later in the "URL Patterns" you enter for example "*://www.somedomain.com/*" and that is all. Only for firefox the www.somedomain.com request will be served with the "other" ip.

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The Change Hosts extension you mentioned is marked compatible with Firefox up to version 11. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/change-hosts/versions/1.1.0

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It doesn't appear to work. I wrote my-server-ip www.sdfkdfgkdfjgidjf.com and i get a not found instead of my server page for unknown domains. It said my host file (named 'A") is in use. Thats where i defined it. I dont know why it isnt working –  acidzombie24 Mar 21 '12 at 4:07
Do you get the same results when you enter that in your hosts file? –  htoip Mar 21 '12 at 4:09
No, when i enter in my hosts file i get the actual result i expect. I suspect the extension literally replaces the host file which is definitely not what i want bc i need to access the original website on another browser so i can compare. –  acidzombie24 Mar 21 '12 at 6:47

Maybe the SwitchHost will help check it out

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"Not available for Firefox 8.0" –  acidzombie24 Mar 21 '12 at 2:24

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