If you want to access your local applications that run on local servers and accessible via http://localhost from anywhere in the world via the Internet then use ngrok.


Download it from here.


Assuming that it is on your desktop so run with command below. If you're in the same directory as ngrok then run ./ngrok http 80 command.

inanzzz@inanzzz:~$ ~/Desktop/ngrok http 80

ngrok by @inconshreveable (Ctrl+C to quit)

Tunnel Status online
Version 2.0.19/2.0.19
Web Interface
Forwarding http://f71186f4.ngrok.io -> localhost:80
Forwarding https://f71186f4.ngrok.io -> localhost:80

Connections ttl opn rt1 rt5 p50 p90
0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00


If you call http://f71186f4.ngrok.io or https://f71186f4.ngrok.io from your browser, you'll see that your localhost is exposed to the Internet now. Ngrok will list all requests like below. For the virtual hosts for your local applications, you might need to add ServerAlias *.ngrok.io in their conf files.

HTTP Requests

GET / 200 OK
GET /icons/back.gif 200 OK
GET /local/ 200 OK
POST /student/ 204 Accepted
GET /info.php 200 OK
GET /favicon.ico 404 Not Found
GET /icons/unknown.gif 200 OK
GET /icons/folder.gif 200 OK
GET /icons/blank.gif 200 OK
GET / 200 OK