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Jatin Sharma
Jatin Sharma

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How to Access Local Sever on Other Devices

In this article, I am going to show you how you can access your local/localhost server on any other device (Android or iOS).

To access your local server, you only one thing IP Address of the device where the server is running. Now there could be two scenarios where you are using Windows or Mac. You just need to get the IP Address. Let me show you how:

Open windows terminal and type ipconfig in the command line and you will get the following output:

windows IP

You only need an IPv4 address and as you get it type this in your mobile browser followed by PORT. For instance-

# IPv4:PORT 
192.168.64.201:3000
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And if you are running any web app on localhost:3000 then you will be able to see that on your mobile devices also.

For Mac users you have to do the same-

  • Get the IPv4 (use ifconfig command)
  • Put that on your mobile device followed by PORT

And hurray!!!

If you are unable to fine the mac IP address then you can take a look the following article:

How to Find Your IP Address on a Mac

Following is the Video demo of how it works:

Wrapping up

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Top comments (9)

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Kolja

Or you use ngrok ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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Jatin Sharma

Yes that's also cool

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Caleb Adepitan • Edited on
ipconfig getifaddr en0
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Should also get you your IPv4 addr on a Mac. You may even go ahead and pipe it to pbcopy

ipconfig getifaddr en0 | pbcopy
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Jean-Pierre Carvalho

In some scenarios en0 it's not the network we are searching and it's better do:

ifconfig | grep "192"
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ร“scar de la Mata

In mac, just click in your wifi/ connections icon (top bar) while pressing option key.
This will show you your connection details including the internal IP ;)

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riju_bro

Of course, it wonโ€™t work. There is no doubt.

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Jatin Sharma • Edited on

Well, I use it all the time. I think you should give it a try.

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Niraj Kaushal

It depends, if the web app has some sort of configuration that look for localhost to get the assets then this method will never work otherwise it will work.

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Jatin Sharma

Could you be more specific about what kind of configuration?

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