Apache + WAMP

Accessing WAMP Server from other computers on LAN

Published on September 13th, 2020

Whenever you develop a website using the LAMP or WAMP stack, you'll want to access the website, locally, via different systems and devices solely for testing purposes.

Modify your VirtualHosts configuration

Setting up your WAMP Server for LAN access only requires you to tweak your VirtualHosts configuration file found in C:\wamp64\bin\apache\apache2.4.41\conf\extra\httpd-vhost.conf

<VirtualHost *:80>
  ServerName example.test
  ServerAlias example.test
  DocumentRoot "c:/wamp64/www/yourprojectname"
  <Directory "c:/wamp64/www/yourprojectname/">
    Options +Indexes +Includes +FollowSymLinks +MultiViews
    AllowOverride All
    Require all granted

Oh, if you're using Linux, you'll find the file 000-default.conf in /etc/apache2/sites-available directory.

Update your hosts file

If you type the URL of the website that you want to visit, the computer will first refer to the hosts file and then it'll go out to fetch DNS information. So, if you want http:\\example.test url to point to your local system, you just have add it in your hosts file:

Open the hosts file(C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts) using a text editor and add this line to your hosts file:   example.test

Once done, save the file and restart your WAMP Server and you're all set to go!

Hope you found this tip useful!