DNS configurations for dev environment: localhost wildcard matching

The goal of this blog post is to forward requests to *.local.zone to 127.0.0.1 for local development purposes. local.zone can be any domain in general.

Using /etc/hosts

A simple solution is to add entries in /etc/hosts. This file overwrites the DNS resolving. Whatever is specified in this file, it will be automatically redirected to the corresponding IP address. For example, this is a default etc/hosts: