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Localhost shirtThe localhost is the default name describing the local computer address also known as the loopback address. For example, typing: ping localhost would ping the local IP address of (the loopback address). When setting up a web server or software on a web server, is used to point the software to the local machine.

Tip: This IP address is the local one, not the IP address used by your computer to communicate with other machines on your network or the Internet.

Also see: Hosts file, IP address, Local, Loopback, Network terms, Ping, Reserved address space