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    Forward Alternatives

    Forward is described as 'The easiest way to share localhost over the web' and is an app in the Online Services category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Forward for a variety of platforms, including Mac, Windows, Linux, Online / Web-based and Android. The best alternative is Vercel, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Forward are ngrok (Freemium), sish (Free, Open Source), Portmap.io (Freemium) and Pagekite (Freemium, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Oct 14, 2021
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    The easiest way to share localhost over the web.
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    1. Deploy to the most powerful serverless platform in the world with just one command.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • FreeBSD
      ngrok exposes local servers behind NATs and firewalls to the public internet over secure tunnels.


      • FreeOpen Source
      • Self-Hosted
      An open source serveo/ngrok alternative. HTTP(S)/WS(S)/TCP Tunnels to localhost using only SSH.
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    2. Port forwarding service for exposing your local PC to Internet from behind firewall or without real IP address. Uses OpenVPN or SSH encrypted tunnel from localhost to Portmap.io.
      • FreemiumOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • BSD
      Bring your localhost servers on-line.


    3. Packetriot makes it simple to expose services and data on local and private networks to the Internet. You can serve static websites, dynamic web applications, test single-sign-on work-flows or build webhooks.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Kangee - the easy-to-use Open-Source Personal On-Demand Fileserver. Your communication partner only needs a browser to download or upload files to you. Use it by exchanging links Kangee generates for you.

      Discontinued

      The program is no longer updated. Last version, 0.18, released in 2010, can be still downloaded from the official website.

      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • iPhone
      LocalXpose is a reverse proxy that enables you to expose your localhost to the internet
    4. Fast, secure tunnels to your internal networks. Webhook Relay allows you to expose your localhost or any other server in private network to the public internet without configuring port forwarding or firewalls.
    5. beame-insta-ssl is open-source and free to use! It makes it easy for any web developer to make use of encryption - and get secure communications.

      Discontinued

      2020-12 - The project is discontinued

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