Installing ngrok on OSX
For Homebrew v2.6.x and below:
brew cask install ngrok
For Homebrew v2.7.x and above:
brew install --cask ngrok
The easiest way to use ngrok to tunnel into your localhost is if your local project is running on a specific port (e.g. not using named vhosts). You just run
ngrok http [port number].
You can quickly boot up a local webserver using ruby.
cd into the project's root directory and run
ruby -run -e httpd . -p [port number].
If you don't want to use Homebrew...
- Download ngrok
- Unzip it to your Applications directory
- Create a symlink (instructions below)
Creating a symlink to ngrok
Run the following two commands in Terminal to create the symlink.
# cd into your local bin directory cd /usr/local/bin # create symlink ln -s /Applications/ngrok ngrok
This will allow you to run the
ngrok command from any directory while in the terminal. Without the symlink, you would need to either
cd into the Applications directory (or wherever you installed the executable) or reference ngrok with its full path every time (e.g.
the correct instructions for installing via homebrew are:
brew install ngrok/ngrok/ngrokfrom https://ngrok.com/download
the casks are out of date and should not be used.