Starting Ngrok Automatically at Boot Using Upstart

Tags: May 19, 2016 6:41 PM

Goal

Expose SSH of the local machine to the internet using service provided by ngrok.com.

Steps

First thing first create an account at ngrok.com so we can get the Auth Token and also can monitor the tunnel created and know the address of the tunnel. Next is create a configurion file under ~/.ngrok2/ngrok.yml to store the token. You can get this token on your Ngrok dashboard.

$ cat > ~/.ngrok2/ngrok.yml
authtoken: YOUR_NGROK_TOKEN
Then create new file called ngrok.conf in /etc/init. Assuming the location of the ngrok binary is on /opt/ngrok/ngrok.
$ cat > /etc/init/ngrok.conf
# Ngrok
#
# Create tunnel provided by ngrok.io

description "Ngrok Tunnel"

start on runlevel [2345]
stop on runlevel [!2345]

respawn
respawn limit 10 5
umask 022

exec /opt/ngrok/ngrok tcp 22

To start the daemon manually issue following command.

$ sudo service ngrok start
$ ps aux|grep ngrok
root       712  0.1  0.6 420044 13200 ?        Ssl  13:22   0:28 /opt/ngrok/ngrok tcp 22
root      2927  0.0  0.0  11740   936 pts/0    S+   19:36   0:00 grep --color=auto ngrok

Go to your Ngrok dashboard and see the status of your tunnel. Normally ngrok will give you address something like tcp://0.tcp.ngrok.io:XYZ where XYZ is port number that mapped to your local port. So to connect via SSH we can point to that address and the given port.

$ ssh -p XYZ [email protected]

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