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  • Show HN: Pico: An open-source Ngrok alternative built for production traffic
    14 projects | | 14 May 2024
    This is very cool! Trying to get it added to awesome-tunneling:

    Related -- we also built a simple (but not production-grade) tunneling solution just for devving on our open-source project (multiplayer game server management).

    We recently ran in to an issue where we need devs to be able to have a public IP with vanilla TCP+TLS sockets to hack on some parts of our software. I tried Ngrok TCP endpoints, but didn't feel comfortable requiring our maintainers to pay for SaaS just to be able to hack around with our software. Cloudflare Tunnels is awesome if you know what you're doing, but too complicated to set up.

    It works by automating a Terraform plan to (a) set up a remote VM, (b) set up SSH keys, and (c) create a container that uses reverse SSH tunneling to expose a port on the host. We get the benefit of a dedicated IP + any port + no 3rd party vendors for $2.50/mo in your own cloud. All you need is a Linode access token, arguably faster and cheaper than any other reverse tunneling software.


    Setup guide:

  • Portr: Open-Source Ngrok Alternative
    2 projects | | 20 Apr 2024
  • Can You Grok It – Hacking Together Your Own Dev Tunnel Service
    3 projects | | 14 Apr 2024
    awesome-tunneling lists a number of ngrok alternatives:


    - FWIU headscale works with the tailscale client and supports MagicDNS

  • Do You Need IPv4 Anymore?
    2 projects | | 10 Apr 2024
    There are a whole bunch of alternatives too - I will advocate for as I work on its parent project, OpenZiti. zrok is open source and has a free SaaS as well as more built in security.
  • Reverst: Reverse Tunnels in Go over HTTP/3 and QUIC
    4 projects | | 8 Apr 2024 Seems similar to, ngrok, cloudflare tunnels, tailscale funnels and zrok although you're using http/3 explicitly.

    Personally I work on two similar projects you might want to check out: zrok and OpenZiti. Similar projects, but zrok is closest to what you did here.

  • Portr – open-source ngrok alternative designed for teams
    6 projects | | 2 Apr 2024
    Thanks for the history. I maintain this list[0], and wasn't aware of OG localtunnel, likely because there's a somewhat newer and now more popular project with the same name[1]. You appear to be correct on timing. Here's the earliest commits on GitHub for each of the projects:

    OG localtunnel (2010):

    Other localtunnel (2012):

    ngrok (2012):

    I'll see that OG localtunnel gets added to the list for posterity.



  • Tunnelmole, an ngrok alternative (open source)
    9 projects | | 21 Mar 2024
    I haven't tried vscode forwarding. What features does it have that are missing from most of the options on the list[0]?

    If you want a nice GUI for remote managing maybe check out one of my tools, boringproxy


  • JIT WireGuard
    10 projects | | 13 Mar 2024
    I maintain this list:

    Your use case sounds interesting and there may be a tool out there that will do it, but I can't quite wrap my head around your description of how everything is connected and what runs where with your current setup.

    I agree with sibling that my main question is what prevents you from using SSHFS or similar?

  • Hesitating between Tailscale Funnel / Cloudflare tunnel and others
    1 project | /r/Tailscale | 11 Dec 2023
    I'm starting to try to get into Cloudflare tunnel, Tailscale funnel and other alternatives. What I need is my services to be accessible without any installation client-side, and I'm unsure what services provide this. I also looked at solutions like BoringProxy, TunnelMole from this page : My goal is to have my current domain rented at OVH pointing to my server to make it as much like before as possible.
  • My ISP doesn't allow port forwarding. What are my options ?
    1 project | /r/HomeNetworking | 10 Dec 2023
    Here's a list of options to get around CGNAT:
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