java-ngrok – a Java wrapper for ngrok

java-ngrok - a Java wrapper for ngrok

java-ngrok is a Java wrapper for ngrok that manages its own binary, making ngrok available via a convenient Java API.

ngrok is a reverse proxy tool that opens secure tunnels from public URLs to localhost, perfect for exposing local web servers, building webhook integrations, enabling SSH access, testing chatbots, demoing from your own machine, and more, and its made even more powerful with native Java integration through java-ngrok.


java-ngrok is available on Maven Central.




implementation "com.github.alexdlaird:java-ngrok:2.2.15"

If we want ngrok to be available from the command line, pyngrok can be installed using pip to manage that for us.

Basic Usage

All ngrok functionality is available through the NgrokClient. To open a tunnel, use the connect method, which returns a Tunnel, and this returned object has a reference to the public URL generated by ngrok, which can be retrieved with getPublicUrl().

final NgrokClient ngrokClient = new NgrokClient.Builder().build();

// Open a HTTP tunnel on the default port 80
// <Tunnel: "https://<public_sub>" -> "http://localhost:80">
final Tunnel httpTunnel = ngrokClient.connect();

// Open a SSH tunnel
// <Tunnel: "tcp://" -> "localhost:22">
final CreateTunnel sshCreateTunnel = new CreateTunnel.Builder()
final Tunnel sshTunnel = ngrokClient.connect(sshCreateTunnel);

// Open a named tunnel from the config file
final CreateTunnel createNamedTunnel = new CreateTunnel.Builder()
final Tunnel namedTunnel = ngrokClient.connect(createNamedTunnel);

The connect method can also take a CreateTunnel (which can be built through its Builder) that allows us to pass additional properties that are supported by ngrok.

Assuming we have also installed pyngrok, all features of ngrok are available on the command line.

ngrok http 80

For details on how to fully leverage ngrok from the command line, see ngrok‘s official documentation.


For more advanced usage, java-ngrok‘s official documentation is available at

ngrok Version Compatibility

java-ngrok is compatible with ngrok v2 and v3, but by default it will install v3. To install v2 instead, set the version with JavaNgrokConfig.Builder.withNgrokVersion(NgrokVersion) and CreateTunnel.Builder.withNgrokVersion(NgrokVersion).

Java 8

Java 8 support is not actively maintained, but on a periodic basis, main may be rebased in to the 1.4.x branch, where a compatible build of this project exists for Java 8. To use it, include the java8-ngrok dependency from Maven Central.




implementation "com.github.alexdlaird:java8-ngrok:1.4.13"

For more details on what differs in the java8-ngrok dependency, see the docs.


If you would like to get involved, be sure to review the Contribution Guide.

Want to contribute financially? If you’ve found java-ngrok useful, sponsorship would also be greatly appreciated!