ngrok allows you to let others access your local site. Quite helpful for quick demos and immediate feedback before deployments.
I needed to test the work done by my colleague before merging the PR a few days back. Lazy me didn't want to pull the code and run it locally. I had heard about ngrok but had never used it. It was time to give it a try.
Its documentation is quite detailed and got us started in 5 minutes. But, the site couldn't be accessed using the provided URL. After some digging, we found out it was because we were using a virtual host in nginx to access the local site.
That means the local site can be opened using something like
http://that-brilliant-idea.dev instead of the generic one
Just like a typical developer, I didn't read much of the official documentation. And tried searching for a solution all over the internet. That cost me 40 odd minutes.
ngrok http 80
Your command should be something like:
ngrok http --host-header=my-awesome-site.local 80
And it just works. That's it. I hope it helps you.