Website Terminology Glossary
A localhost is a term used to refer to the computer that a program or application is running on. It’s also commonly used to refer to the local server that’s running on the same machine as the web browser, used for testing and development purposes.
When a program or application runs on a computer, it uses the computer’s resources such as memory, processor, and storage to perform its tasks. The term “localhost” is used to refer to this same computer that’s running the program.
In the context of web development, localhost is also used to refer to a local server that’s running on the same machine as the web browser. This local server is often used to test and develop web applications before they are deployed to a live server. The localhost can be accessed by typing “localhost” or “127.0.0.1” into the web browser’s address bar, followed by the port number that the local server is running on (e.g., “localhost:8000” or “127.0.0.1:8000”).
Using a localhost server for development purposes allows developers to test their code in a controlled environment and make changes before deploying to a live server.