How can I use Scripts to open changing personal website URL in Sites Folder on a Mac?

Nancy Cardinali December 22, 2010
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This article Learn to Automate Your Mac with AppleScript [Part 1: Introduction] Learn to Automate Your Mac with AppleScript [Part 1: Introduction] Read More described using DefaultActionsbbb>URLs to set up a quick way to open a url.

I design websites and use my sites folder to view them before going live. The url for this changes – sometimes more than once a day.

Is there anyway to set up something that will keep track of the current URL? What I do now is open System Preferences> Sharing> Web Sharing to get the URL.

I’m a complete newbie using Scripts.

  1. Nancy
    December 25, 2010 at 12:12 am

    The local ip changes - sometimes several times a day. I don't know why this is. In my opinion it should not. It never did before.
    When I type in http://localhost/, I get ONE website, supposedly my personal website, although I don't use it.

    If I want to work locally on the 30 client websites I have in the Sites folder, I must use the local ip. Something like this:

    Interesting... That works now. Weird.

    Okay. Moot point!
    Thanks Richard & Mike!!

    • Tina
      December 26, 2010 at 5:24 am


      thanks for your feedback and glad to hear the suggestions from Mike and Richard helped! :)

  2. Mike
    December 23, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    The easiest way is to access them via http://localhost/ [or]

    [Unless changed manually or by malware] this host will always point to the local computer and therefore account for any changes in the network like getting a different IP via DHCP etc.

  3. Anonymous
    December 22, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    If you are sharing the website, just get your local ip address (not external ip address). Type the IP in your browser.

    I am not up on current AppleScript and I am sure it has changed a little, or aleast enough to matter.