How to Share Your Local Development Server using Ngrok
Mostly we use our
localhost as a server when developing a web application. But on some occasions, we may want to share our local server so that it can be accessed globally. This can be done in some ways. In this article, we will use ngrok for our objective.
First, visit ngrok and register your account. Once your account is created, log in and go to the Setup & Installation page from your dashboard. There is clear guidance there you can follow to get running.
ngrok for your platform, e.g., Linux, Mac, Windows. Then unpack it to a custom location. For example, I use the following command in Linux.
tar zxvf ngrok-stable-linux-amd64.tgz
In the above comment,
ngrok is unpacked in
~/Downloads directory. However, you can unpack it anywhere. You can also move it to a directory that is available in your registered
PATH. For me, I prefer to move it to
/usr/local/bin (in Linux).
sudo mv ngrok /usr/local/bin
Now I can use
ngrok command from anywhere. To get the help about
ngrok command, you can use
or check the documentation.
Next, you have to add authentication information so that your
localhost can connect to your account. As displayed on the Setup & Installation page, execute the following command.
ngrok authtoken <your token>
This will create
ngrok configuration file
Now we are ready to share our
localhost (HTTP tunnel forwarding) using the following command.
ngrok http <port>
Make sure that your local server is running with the specified port. If the tunnel forwarding is successful, it will show you the
https addresses for your server, more or less would be like the following.
Session Status online
Account <yourusername> (Plan: Free)
Region United States (us)
Web Interface http://127.0.0.1:4040
Forwarding http://xxx-999-999-999-999.ngrok.io -> http://localhost:3000
Forwarding https://xxx-999-999-999-999.ngrok.io -> http://localhost:3000
Connections ttl opn rt1 rt5 p50 p90
13 0 0.11 0.04 5.01 6.96
You can share the address, and it can be accessed globally. In the above case, the address is