As a front-end developer, it’s important to test your code on as many web browsers as possible, but as a Mac user it is necessary to run Windows in a Virtual Machine — in my case, VirtualBox — in order to test on Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer.
Microsoft offers Free Virtual Machines from IE8 to MS Edge.
Out of the box, VirtualBox doesn’t have access to
localhost from the host Mac, so you’ll need to follow these steps.
Exposing Mac localhost to Windows VM
On VirtualBox, make sure your network adapter is set to NAT. On your Windows VM, make sure you can access any public webpage (e.g. ajaykarwal.com)
Default Gateway IP address for your Windows VM. To do so, click on the Windows start menu. Type
Command Prompt in the search field. Open the program and type
Again on Windows VM, click on the Windows start menu. Type
Notepad. Right-click on Notepad and select
Run as administrator.
From Notepad, open
C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts. Add this line to the bottom:
# Where 10.0.2.2 is your gateway IP
You should now be able to access localhost on your Mac by visiting
http://10.0.2.2 on your Windows VM.