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Host your website or application on Internet using ngrok.

Ngrok


Ngrok, yet another ultimate free open source and cross-platform reverse proxy server for exposing local servers behind NATs and firewalls Internet over secure tunnels. 


It essentially establishes secure tunnels to your local hosted server that allows us to run demos of web sites before actual deployment, testing mobile apps connected to your locally running backend and building web-hook consumers on your development machine.


Use Case : Are you looking for a ready to go and secure solution to showcase your website or application which is behind NAT gateways or firewall to public facing internet, Ngrok is the way to go ahead.

Lets know, how to install, configure and use it.

Installation.


Installation is pretty much simple and straight, download , unzip and yes you are done.

[root@CKcentos01x ~]# mkdir /usr/local/ngrok

[root@CKcentos01x ~]# cd /usr/local/ngrok

[root@CKcentos01x ~]# wget -c https://bin.equinox.io/c/4VmDzA7iaHb/ngrok-stable-linux-amd64.zip

[root@CKcentos01x ~]# unzip ngrok-stable-linux-amd64.zip

And yes you are done, we are ready to use it.

Lab setup : We have our demo website hosted within our local virtual machine behind NAT network with an IP of 192.168.106.133

We will access the website from Internet after application of ngrok.

Here is how our website looks like.




Now using ngrok, we will host the same website using ngrok's secure tunnel on internet.

Note : Our website is hosted on Apache Webserver on port 80

[root@CKcentos01x ~]# cd /usr/local/ngrok
[root@CKcentos01x ~]# ./ngrok http 80



Our server has been hosted using ngrok secure tunnel, we can access using any of forwarding URL provided by ngrok.

One easy way to inspect the traffic is using the ngrok UI, let's access it.

http://localhost:4040 

We can access it from our local host only and use any one of the URL to access our demo website from internet.



Even we can use ngrok to see stats too.








 
I hope ngrok's above guide looks informative to you, do comment !

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