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Manage and switch your hosts files.



SwitchHosts! is an App for managing hosts file, it is based on Electron, React, Ant Design, CodeMirror, etc.




  • Switch hosts quickly
  • Syntax highlight
  • Remote hosts
  • Switch from system tray
  • macOS only: Alfred workflow support



You can download the source code and build it yourself, or download the built version from following links:


On macOS you can install SwitchHosts! by brew cask:

brew cask install switchhosts

Thanks to @gobinathm and @iamybj for updating the brew cask version.


On Windows you can install SwitchHosts! by scoop:

scoop install switchhosts

Thanks to @batkiz for updating the scoop version.


SwitchHosts! stores data at ~/.SwitchHosts (Or folder .SwitchHosts under the current user's home path on Windows), the ~/.SwitchHosts/data.json contains data, while the ~/.SwitchHosts/preferences.json contains preferences info.

Run and Build


  • Install Node.js

  • Change to the folder ./, run npm install to install dependented libraries

  • Change to the folder ./app, run npm install again

    npm install
    cd app && npm install && cd ..

Build and run

  • Change to the folder ./, run npm run dll to build common files

  • Change to the folder ./, run npm run build

  • Change to the folder ./, run npm start, the App should start

    # create dll file
    npm run dll
    # build
    npm run build
    # start
    npm start
    # or start in developer mode
    npm run dev


  • It is recommended to use electron-builder for packaging.

  • Go to the ./ folder, run npm run make . The packaged files will be in the ./dist folder.

  • This command may take several minutes to finish when you run it the first time, as it needs time to download dependent files. You can download the dependencies manually here, or Taobao mirror, then save the files to ~/.electron. You can check the Electron Docs for more infomation.

    # pack
    npm run make # the packed files will be in ./dist
    # or 
    npm run build-and-make


SwitchHosts! is a free and open source software, it is released under the MIT license.


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Keyboard Shortcuts

Key Action
/ Focus the search bar
Esc Focus the search bar and cleans it
Select the next search result
Select the previous search result
Enter Open the selected search result
cmdEnter Ctrl+Enter Open the selected search result in a new tab