Creating a tunnel to localhost with Cloudflare
I found this handy tip via @wesbos. You can create a temporary tunnel to localhost on your machine using Cloudflare.
Even better, if you use Cloudflare for a domain’s DNS, you can set up a permanent, named tunnel with a subdomain. Here’s how it works:
$ cloudflared tunnel login $ cloudflared tunnel create local $ cloudflared tunnel route dns local http://local.yourdomain.com $ cloudflared tunnel run --url http://localhost:9999 local
I’ve previously used ngrok for free temporary URLs when developing against external APIs, but to create permanent tunnels was a paid feature. This is a nice, free alternative through a service I’m already using.