What is ngrok?
ngrok is a reverse proxy that creates a secure tunnel between from a public endpoint to a locally running web service. ngrok captures and analyzes all traffic over the tunnel for later inspection and replay.
ngrok is a tool in the localhost Tools category of a tech stack.
ngrok is an open source tool with 22.9K GitHub stars and 4.3K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to ngrok's open source repository on GitHub
Who uses ngrok?
48 companies reportedly use ngrok in their tech stacks, including Shelf, Zendesk, and backend.
202 developers on StackShare have stated that they use ngrok.
GitHub, Slack, Twilio SendGrid, 1Password, and Azk are some of the popular tools that integrate with ngrok. Here's a list of all 5 tools that integrate with ngrok.
Pros of ngrok
Easy to use
Awesome traffic analysis page
Reliable custom domains
Shares service-wide metrics
Supports UTP And HTTPS
- 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
ngrok Alternatives & Comparisons
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