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Where is the Hosts File in Android?

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By saluk, Junior Member on 13th May 2009, 01:25 AM
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In my country some sites have been banned but most of us keep using them in pc's by changing hosts file in \Windows\System32\drivers\etc

adding ip strings like

I just wonder if there is someway to do this in android? If the answer is yes then my new question is "how"...

Thx for the answers...
13th May 2009, 01:44 AM |#2  
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13th May 2009, 02:51 AM |#3  
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Originally Posted by rub1k


Thx. I reached the file by a file manager app. but i cant open it with notepad apps. Do I need the root privilage?
13th May 2009, 03:53 AM |#4  
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yes. Just ADB pull it.
13th May 2009, 03:59 AM |#5  
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Technically it's in /system/etc/hosts, /etc is a symlink.

If you want to edit it, create a hosts file on your SD card and then cp from terminal with root privileges. Or you could adb push it from your computer.
13th May 2009, 12:47 PM |#6  
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thx a lot for the answers. ill try it.
18th April 2010, 09:07 AM |#7  
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hello there,

i'm a newbie and i don't know anything about programming. and i need a step by step guide to edit the host file. i have reached the file with file manager but i can't edit or replace it.

18th April 2010, 10:20 AM |#8  
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Should just be a matter of

adb pull /etc/hosts

Which will copy the file to the current directory, then make the necessary changes, then

adb remount
adb push hosts /etc/hosts

Anyone correct me if I'm wrong. If you don't have ADB set up, now would be a good time to do so; searching for "ADB for dummies" should help you with that.
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18th April 2010, 02:40 PM |#9  
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Re: Where is the Hosts File in Android?
I suggest nano if you have a ROM with this included (such as cyanogenmod). Then all you need to do is open the terminal and enter
nano /system/etc/hosts
In this manner, one can do the edits straight from the phone terminal.
18th April 2010, 04:27 PM |#10  
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Or download estrongs file manager, go to settings and set file system to "read write"(its in something like root settings or so). after that you can edit the file
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