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hotel Mac/Linux Build Status Windows Build status

Start apps from your browser and get local domains in seconds!

Tip: if you don't enable local domains, hotel can still be used as a catalog of local servers.

Hotel works great on any OS (OS X, Linux, Windows) and with all servers ❤️

  • Node (Express, Webpack)
  • PHP (Laravel, Symfony)
  • Ruby (Rails, Sinatra, Jekyll)
  • Python (Django)
  • Docker
  • Go
  • Apache, Nginx
  • ...



  • Local domains - http://project.dev
  • HTTPS via self-signed certificate - https://project.dev
  • Wildcard subdomains - http://*.project.dev
  • Works everywhere - OS X, Linux and Windows
  • Works with any server - Node, Ruby, PHP, ...
  • Proxy - Map local domains to remote servers
  • System-friendly - No messing with port 80, /etc/hosts, sudo or additional software
  • Fallback URL - http://localhost:2000/project
  • Servers are only started when you access them
  • Plays nice with other servers (Apache, Nginx, ...)
  • Random or fixed ports


npm install -g hotel && hotel start

Hotel requires Node to be installed, if you don't have it, you can simply install it using one of the following method.

# http://brew.sh
brew install node

# https://github.com/creationix/nvm
nvm install stable

You can also visit https://nodejs.org.

Quick start

Local dev domains (optional)

To use local .dev domains, you need to configure your network or browser to use hotel's proxy auto-config file or you can skip this step for the moment and go directly to http://localhost:2000

See instructions here.


Add your servers commands

~/projects/one$ hotel add nodemon
~/projects/two$ hotel add 'serve -p $PORT'

Go to localhost:2000 or hotel.dev.

Alternatively you can directly go to


Popular servers examples

Using other servers? Here are some examples to get you started :)

hotel add 'ember server'
hotel add 'jekyll serve --port $PORT'
hotel add 'rails server -p $PORT -b'
hotel add 'python -m SimpleHTTPServer $PORT'
hotel add 'php -S$PORT'
# ...

On Windows use "%PORT%" instead of '$PORT'


Add your remote servers

~$ hotel add http://foo.com --name bar
~$ hotel add --name some-server

You can now access them using

http://bar.dev # http://foo.com
http://some-server.dev #

CLI usage and options

hotel add <cmd|url> [opts]

# Examples:
hotel add 'nodemon app.js' --out dev.log  # Set output file (default: none)
hotel add 'nodemon app.js' --name name    # Set custom name (default: current dir name)
hotel add 'nodemon app.js' --port 3000    # Set a fixed port (default: random port)
hotel add 'nodemon app.js' --env PATH     # Store PATH environment variable in server config
hotel add --name app  # map local domain to URL

# Other commands
hotel ls     # List servers
hotel rm     # Remove server
hotel start  # Start hotel daemon
hotel stop   # Stop hotel daemon

To get help

hotel --help
hotel --help <cmd>


For hotel to work, your servers need to listen on the PORT environment variable. Here are some examples showing how you can do it from your code or the command-line:

var port = process.env.PORT || 3000
hotel add 'cmd -p $PORT'  # OS X, Linux
hotel add "cmd -p %PORT%" # Windows

Fallback URL

If you're offline or can't configure your browser to use .dev domains, you can always access your local servers by going to localhost:2000.

Configurations and logs

~/.hotel contains daemon logs, servers and daemon configurations.


Third-party tools


MIT - Typicode