Opening Your Dev Server to the Public     

At some point you may want to show someone else the project you’ve been working on. Fortunately, there is a simple CLI tool to accomplish this. Ngrok creates a tunnel to your dev server and (by default) generates a hexadecimal internet address on the ngrok server to offer to your clients or anyone special you’d like to show your work to.

Opening a dev server to the public constitutes security risks. Be absolutely cautious when using tools like this. This tip is not intended for the general public.

When you’ve finished with your demonstration or testing, make sure to stop ngrok. This will prevent any unwanted access of your computer through ngrok.

Getting started

  1. Download and install ngrok here.
    (Please note that the ngrok executable file does not need to be placed in or run from inside your cordova folder. When on a mac it’s best to place the ngrok executable file inside /usr/local/bin to be able to run it globally.)

  2. Start your Dev server

    $ quasar dev
  3. Create your ngrok connection

    $ ngrok http 80
    # In case your development server doesn't run on port 80 you need to change the number to the correct port
  4. ngrok shows the url in the command line when it started.

    Tunnel Status                 online
    Version 2.0/2.0
    Web Interface
    Forwarding -> localhost:80
    Forwarding -> localhost:80

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

Please be careful as the ‘Forwarding’ URL will be accesible to anyone until this connection is closed again.

Inspecting traffic

When running ngrok, visit http://localhost:4040 to inspect the traffic.

This tool allows for custom domains, password protection and a lot more. If you require further assistance, please refer to the ngrok docs for more information.