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How to install ngrok on linux subsystem for windows



ngrok allows you to expose a web server running on your local machine to the internet.

Read more about ngrok in the official docs.


  1. Go to your root directory
  1. download ngrok .zip file

if by any chance the url has been changed go to ngrok download page and copy the url of the linux .zip file.

  1. unzip the file

in case you don't have unzip installed, you can do that like this

sudo apt install unzip
  1. if you pass in this command ./ngrok you'll see this output
   ngrok - tunnel local ports to public URLs and inspect traffic

    ngrok exposes local networked services behinds NATs and firewalls to the
    public internet over a secure tunnel. Share local websites, build/test
    webhook consumers and self-host personal services.
    Detailed help for each command is available with 'ngrok help <command>'.
    Open http://localhost:4040 for ngrok's web interface to inspect traffic.

    ngrok http 80                    # secure public URL for port 80 web server
    ngrok http -subdomain=baz 8080   # port 8080 available at
    ngrok http            # tunnel to host:port instead of localhost
    ngrok tcp 22                     # tunnel arbitrary TCP traffic to port 22
    ngrok tls 443  # TLS traffic for to port 443
    ngrok start foo bar baz          # start tunnels from the configuration file


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   authtoken    save authtoken to configuration file
   credits      prints author and licensing information
   http         start an HTTP tunnel
   start        start tunnels by name from the configuration file
   tcp          start a TCP tunnel
   tls          start a TLS tunnel
   update       update ngrok to the latest version
   version      print the version string
   help         Shows a list of commands or help for one command

this means that ngrok is working well

  1. all you need to do is specify a port where your website is servered so that you expose it to the internet. Example
./ngrok http 8000

passing the above command will produce this output

ngrok by @inconshreveable
Session Expires               7 hours, 59 minutes
Version                       2.2.8
Region                        United States (us)
Web Interface       
Forwarding                    http://******** -> localhost:8000
Forwarding                    https://******* -> localhost:8000

Connections                   ttl     opn     rt1     rt5     p50     p90
                              0       0       0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00  
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ngrok and your installation doc saved me out of buying VPS ...!! :* :-)

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For install the version 3 of Ngrok, I do this steps in my WSL - Ubuntu:

  1. wget
  2. sudo tar -xvzf ./ngrok-v3-stable-linux-amd64.tgz -C /usr/local/bin

Now, just run ngrok --help to see if the tool is installed correctly.

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