These instructions will allow you to view web pages that are served by your local web development server from within a virtual machine.
Example scenario: you run a local web server on Fedora for development, and you want to test your local site pages from within another operating system which is running in a virtual machine, e.g. to test compatibility with Internet Explorer 9. The below method saves you from having to upload your development files somewhere remote – you can keep all your development local and also try out your pages on all platforms.
1. Install VirtualBox from https://www.virtualbox.org/. Download the .rpm and install it via GUI or commandline
Note: Using either Virtual Machine Manager, or VirtualBox from the rpmfusion repositories does not work.
2. Install and boot your desired OS in VirtualBox (I’ll assume that this is Windows)
3. Edit and save the
hosts file of the guest OS to include entries for each of the local websites that you wish to access from the virtual machine. The site names should be identical to the ones in your Fedora
10.0.2.2 local.mysite example.devsite
Note: on Windows saving the hosts file takes effect immediately. On Windows the file is located at
Note: Windows 7 requires an additional step to edit the hosts file
4. Start Apache on your host machine, if it isn’t already running
5. On the virtual machine visit example.devsite in a web browser
UPDATE: If you encounter problems when starting your virtual machine relating to kernel modules, try the following:
yum install gcc kernel-devel kernel-headers kernel-PAE-devel
Very useful, thanks!