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Chrome >= 63 and virtual-hosts using .dev

Spent way too many hours trying to figure out why the virtual host (example.dev) on my development machine insisted on redirecting a http: request to https. It had been working as expected - for years!

After going crazy (defined as repeating the same setup failures and expecting different results) I finally went for help. Turns out that Google now owns the official .dev tld and requires Chrome to use SSL on any request where the domain ends with .dev.

A couple articles one here and another here.

Guess it's .test for us from now on.

For my dev servers, I always use localhost as a prefix, like localhost.somename

Or ".local" ...

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