Coucou for Web Developers

If you're a web developer you probably recognize that moment where you're running a local development evironment with MAMP/XAMPP, Rails or Node.js and need to see your site on another computer, or show someone else what you're working on. Maybe to do a cross-browser check, maybe just to show how awesome this latest design looks.

This usually involves copy-pasting of ip addresses, emailing and other such nonsense. With coucou this can be done in just a few simple clicks. Let me walk you through it.

First we need to enable broadcasting in the preferences pane.

Enable broadcasting

Now follow these steps:

  • click the menu bar icon;
  • select Broadcast and click New Service...;
  • select one of the presets in the window that pops-up or create a service manually;
  • click publish and you're set!
Add a new service
Your service is now visible for anyone using coucou, or any other Bonjour compatible app

You can unpublish the service by clicking the corresponding entry in the Broadcast menu.