Often there is a need to open your computer for access via the Internet, for all comers or with a password. For example, if you want to demonstrate a new code, publish files, or simply record all network traffic for research purposes.
To do this, you need to install a web server and direct traffic to it through a third-party server via the reverse SSH tunnel using a program like LocalTunnel or ProxyLocal.
$ gem install localtunnel $ localtunnel -k ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub 8080
After that, your computer will be accessible from an address like http://8bv2.localtunnel.com. We launch the program – and localhost online.
$ localtunnel 8080
Recently, a new free service has appeared that does the same thing, but works more stable and has more functionality. Therefore, it is probably worthy of mention: ngrok.com.
The program is distributed in binaries for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows and works immediately “out of the box” even without registration. But if you register, then there are a couple of additional features.
1. Using SSL:
2. Password protection:
ngrok -httpauth "user:password" 8080
3. Subdomains to choose from, reserved for the future:
ngrok -subdomain myapp 8080
4. Tunnel TCP and UDP:
ngrok -proto tcp 8080