Following on from an initial comment by Keith Howell in the blog about NGROK, Antonio and I were chatting today about TKaiser’s little testing script and I wanted to share something with him. Skype of course is useless at this unless it’s a very small file - but we’ve used a tool called HFS in the past which opens up a simple file-sharing web-based system on your PC, meant for short term use of course.
Well, you can then of course give someone else access but that’s a pain as you have to go doing port redirects on your router – a little OTT for a simple one-off file sharing.
Combining two little utilities makes short work of this.
HFS lets you collaborate on files… while NGROK opens up the server port to the outside world without going anywhere near your router. Above you see the local version of HFS – and you can drag and drop files into that file area on the left… below you see the web version in this case on port 83 but any port will do as long as it isn’t in use.
If you look at the first image – top left where the house and the backslash is – you can add username and password for access by a simple right-click.
So – now you can go mess with your router and do a port redirect so someone can access this to grab files… OR open a command box in Windows and…
ngrok http 83
At which point the command line will show you the URL for someone to type in order to get the web page above! That’s it. If you want to do stuff like secure access (HTTPS) and more you have to pay for NGROK but for this simple version – it’s all free. Whenever you use NGROK you are given a unique access address so this is really meant for just short term use. Note again – use of port 83 here is arbitrary.
Both of these packages are installation-free – just stick them somewhere convenient like the desktop.
https://ngrok.com/download (mac, Windows, Linux)