# Ubuntu – GUI for /etc/hosts that I can use

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I want to be able to easily and frequently edit my hosts file from a quick GUI. Any one know of one that exists?

Thanks!

• As already answered hosts is just a text file so you can use any text editor. Since it exists in /etc and you cannot edit as general user you need to use sudo. The graphical frontend to sudo is gksu. So basically doing gksu YOUR_GRAPHICAL_EDITOR /etc/hosts will do it OR you can use terminal with nano and vim. I recommend nano as it is quite easy.

sudo nano /etc/hosts

In order to ease the command you can use alias.

So edit your .bashrc file in your \$HOME. i.e. In your terminal do:

nano .bashrc


alias edithosts='gksu YOUR_GRAPHICAL_EDITOR /etc/hosts' OR 'sudo nano/vim/vi /etc/hosts'

and save it with Ctrl+x. And do source ~/.bashrc. Then you can use edithosts from commandline to use it.