Configuring Your System

To get the most out of YoSlash, every user in your organization should be able to access YoSlash through the hostname yo. This allows users to access a link like yo/my-link by typing yo/my-link into their browser's address bar. The alternative is the less convenient equivalent
This page outlines the options for configuring your system to understand the yo hostname.


Option 1: Browser Extensions (Recommended)

The simplest way to support the yo hostname is by installing the YoSlash extension for your browser:
Google Chrome

Google Chrome



Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge

Our extensions do not collect any information and use the minimal permissions required. In addition to resolving the yo hostname, clicking the extension icon takes you to the New Link page with your current tab's URL prefilled as the Destination URL.

Option 2: Hosts File

The hosts file is a plaintext file on your computer that maps hostnames to IP addresses. You can teach your system to understand the yo hostname by adding an entry to YoSlash's static IP address
First, locate your hosts file on your computer:
PlatformHosts File Location
macOS and Unix-like systems/etc/hosts
Other platformsSee this article.
Then add the following entry to your hosts file: yo

Option 3: Internal DNS

If your organization maintains its own internal DNS servers, you can map the hostname yo to YoSlash's static IP address Though this option will only work for colleagues that are on the organization's network, it can still be a good backstop for those who do not have the YoSlash browser extension installed.
Contact your DNS administrators to configure a mapping from yo to

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