IIS - can't access page by ip address instead of localhost


I'm trying to publish ClickOnce application and test it locally. I want to provide installation link so I need to update location with an IP address otherwise I won't be able to install it (because localhost is translated into computer name and it's not accessible). The problem is, that on my IIS I can access my page only by using localhost in the address.

http://localhost:9995/publish/Publish.htm <-- working <-- not working (my IP address)
http://my_pc_name:9995/publish/Publish.htm <-- not working <-- even that is not working

I'm using Windows 7 and Visual Studio 2012 with IIS Express 8.0, but I tried the same on Visual Studio 2010 and it's ASP.NET server and still failed. I have my firewall turned off.

Do you have any ideas what can be wrong?

This question is tagged with asp.net iis ip localhost clickonce

~ Asked on 2012-12-25 10:03:34

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So I had this same problem with WSUS and it turned out that IIS 8.5 was not binding to my ipv4 ip address, but was binding to ipv6 address. when I accessed it via localhost:8580 it would translate it to the ipv6 localhost address, and thus would work. Accessing it via ip was a no go. I had to manually bind the address using netsh, then it worked right away. bloody annoying.


  1. Open command prompt as administrator
  2. Type the following:

netsh http add iplisten ipaddress (IPADDRESSOFYOURSERVER)

that's it. You should get:

IP address successfully added

I found the commands here https://serverfault.com/questions/123796/get-iis-7-5-to-listen-on-ipv6

~ Answered on 2015-05-14 21:45:59


The IIS is a multi web site server. The way is distinct the site is by the host header name. So you need to setup that on your web site.

Here is the steps that you need to follow:

How to configure multiple IIS websites to access using host headers?

In general, open your web site properties, locate the Ip Address and near its there is the advanced, "multiple identities for this web site". There you need ether to add all income to this site with a star: "*", ether place the names you like to work with.

~ Answered on 2012-12-25 10:26:30

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