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Fix Firefox 33+ Address Bar Searching Instead Of Resolving Custom Domain Hosts

Posted Nov 11, 2014 by Nick Vogt
As of Firefox 33, if you type a single-word host name that you're defined in your hosts file, Firefox will search for it instead of treating it as an address. It will then have a little menu pop down with the message "Did you mean to go to XYZ?", which is very similar to what Chrome does.

This change in functionality comes with the ability to search much quicker from Firefox's address bar, which can be convenient. But to get the old functionality back, which is important for web developers, you have three options:


Option 1: Disable The New Search Functionality


You can disable this new search functionality entirely and revert to how previous versions of Firefox worked by setting keyword.enabled to false in Firefox about:config.

Firefox Host Search


Option 2: Whitelist Your Custom Hosts


If you want to keep the new search functionality of the address bar, you can instead whitelist each of your custom defined hosts so that Firefox treats them properly. To do this, go to about:config and create a new boolean by right-clicking anywhere inside the window and going to New > Boolean.

Firefox Host Search

In the window that comes up, type browser.fixup.domainwhitelist.WEBPROJECT (change WEBPROJECT to what you have defined in your hosts file).

Firefox Host Search

Now change it to true

Firefox Host Search

You'll have to do this for each of your website projects.


Option 3: Type The Full Address


If you type the full address, such as http://mywebsite, Firefox will treat it properly and take you to the address.
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