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A command-line tool to easily manage you hosts file.
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About The Project
hed allows you to manipulate your hosts file from the command-line. By providing safe and easy commands you can add new hosts and aliases to your environment.
This tool was inspired by my students to whom I teach a Basic Cyber Security class. In this class we utilize Hack The Box as a learning platform and most students struggle with editing the
hosts file when they get started. To make this easier for them I wrote a tool that gives them a safe means of adding and removing hosts in this file.
The tool is to be used as a regular user, it will elevate privileges when it requires it by calling
sudo and respawning the process.
If you have the rust package manager
cargo installed you can simply install
hed by running
cargo install hed
It will pull in the latest version.
- Create your local
- Download the latest binary release
wget https://github.com/credmp/hed/releases/latest/download/hed -O ~/.local/bin/hed
- Make it executable
chmod +x ~/.local/bin/hed
- Ensure the
bindirectory is in your path
echo export PATH=\$PATH:~/.local/bin >> ~/.zshrc # if you use zsh echo export PATH=\$PATH:~/.local/bin >> ~/.bashrc # if you use bash
View the current hostsfile
hed show will color print the current hosts file.
# This is a comment 127.0.0.1 localhost ::1 localhost 127.0.1.1 pop-os.localdomain pop-os
Add a new entry
hed add example.com 127.1.1.1
Will add the following line to the hosts file.
Add a subdomain
hed add demo.example.com
Will update the hosts file to add the subdomain to the parent domain as an alias
127.1.1.1 example.com demo.example.com
Remove a hostname
hed delete demo.example.com
If it is the primary
name , the shortest alias will be chosen as new
name for the host entry. If there are no aliases, the entire record is deleted.
hed delete 127.1.1.1
Will remove the entire record even if there are many aliases defined.
--file parameter to test the features of
hed on a file that is not your
hed --file test.txt add example.com 127.0.0.1
See the open issues for a full list of proposed features (and known issues).
Contributions are what make the open source community such an amazing place to learn, inspire, and create. Any contributions you make are greatly appreciated.
If you have a suggestion that would make this better, please fork the repo and create a pull request. You can also simply open an issue with the tag "enhancement". Don't forget to give the project a star! Thanks again!
- Fork the Project
- Create your Feature Branch (
git checkout -b feature/AmazingFeature)
- Write your beautiful code
- Ensure test coverage did not decrease (
cargo tarpaulin --verbose --all-features --workspace --timeout 120 --out Lcov)
- Commit your Changes (
git commit -m 'Add some AmazingFeature')
- Push to the Branch (
git push origin feature/AmazingFeature)
- Open a Pull Request
Distributed under the GPLv3 License. See
LICENSE.txt for more information.
Arjen Wiersma - @credmp - My website
Project Link: https://github.com/credmp/hed
- My students for showing me that editing a
hostsfile is not that easy.