In many cases it might be easier/better to just use LocalTunnel.
In this case, I didn’t want the external URL changing all the time, and I already have a Linode server setup that I can use. Here are some notes on setting it up.
Assumes a Linux server setup with SSH and Apache.
Setup the proxy
Enable the proxy modules on the server.
a2enmod proxy a2enmod proxy_http
Edit mods-available/proxy.conf to enable the reverse proxy for requests.
ProxyRequests Off <Proxy *> Order deny,allow Allow from all </Proxy>
Add a new virtual site to be the reverse proxy. Place a file like the following in the sites-available Apache directory. The localhost port doesn’t matter too much, just needs to not be in use.
<VirtualHost *:80> ServerAdmin dustt ServerName virtual.red27.net SetEnv proxy-initial-not-pooled 1 ProxyPass / http://localhost:8001 ProxyPassReverse / http://localhost:8001 ProxyPreserveHost On </VirtualHost>
Enamble the virtual site and restart Apache.
On the client
You will need to SSH into the server and reverse forward the packets back to the local server.
ssh -nNT -R 8001:localhost:3000 firstname.lastname@example.org
This tunnel will need to be reset if the local server errors out. Removing the
n argument may help notify you if something goes wrong.