ngrok - secure introspectable tunnels to localhost ([homepage](https://ngrok.com))
"I want to expose a local server behind a NAT or firewall to the Internet."
What is ngrok?
ngrok is a reverse proxy that creates a secure tunnel from a public endpoint to a locally running web service.
ngrok captures and analyzes all traffic over the tunnel for later inspection and replay.
What can I do with ngrok?
Expose any http service behind a NAT or firewall to the internet on a subdomain of ngrok.com.
Expose any tcp service behind a NAT or firewall to the internet on a random port of ngrok.com.
Inspect all http requests/responses that are transmitted over the tunnel.
Replay any request that was transmitted over the tunnel.
What is ngrok useful for?
Temporarily sharing a website that is only running on your development machine.
Demoing an app at a hackathon without deploying.
Developing any services which consume webhooks (HTTP callbacks) by allowing you to replay those requests.
Debugging and understanding any web service by inspecting the HTTP traffic.
Running networked services on machines that are firewalled off from the Internet.
For versions of Ubuntu between 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) and 15.10 (Wily Werewolf), as well as Ubuntu flavours that don’t include snap by default, snap can be installed from the Ubuntu Software Centre by searching for snapd.
Alternatively, snapd can be installed from the command line:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install snapd
Either log out and back in again, or restart your system, to ensure snap’s paths are updated correctly.
To install ngrok, simply use the following command: