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I'm encountering a similar issue and found two solutions that work as far as viewing the application directly in a browser

ngrok http 8080 -host-header="localhost:8080"
ngrok http --host-header=rewrite 8080

obviously replace 8080 with whatever port you're running on

this solution still raises an error when I use this in an embedded page, that pulls the bundle.js from the react app. I think since it rewrites the header to localhost, when this is embedded, it's looking to localhost, which the app is no longer running on


I used this set up in a react app that works. I created a config file named configstrp.js that contains the following:

module.exports = {
ngrok: {
// use the local frontend port to connect
enabled: process.env.NODE_ENV !== 'production',
port: process.env.PORT || 3000,
subdomain: process.env.NGROK_SUBDOMAIN,
authtoken: process.env.NGROK_AUTHTOKEN
},   }

Require the file in the server.

const configstrp      = require('./config/configstrp.js');
const ngrok = configstrp.ngrok.enabled ? require('ngrok') : null;

and connect as such

if (ngrok) {
console.log('If nGronk')
    addr: configstrp.ngrok.port,
    subdomain: configstrp.ngrok.subdomain,
    authtoken: configstrp.ngrok.authtoken,
  (err, url) => {
    if (err) {

    } else {


Do not pass a subdomain if you do not have a custom domain


If you use webpack devServer the simplest way is to set disableHostCheck, check webpack doc like this

devServer: {
    contentBase: path.join(__dirname, './dist'),
    compress: true,
    host: 'localhost',
    // host: '',
    port: 8080,
    disableHostCheck: true //for ngrok


Don't know why but tried everything and it didn't work for me. What finally worked for me is this: ngrok http https://localhost:4200 -host-header="localhost:4200"

it might be useful for someone


Option 1

If you do not need to use Authentication you can add configs to ngrok commands

ngrok http 9000 --host-header=rewrite


ngrok http 9000 --host-header="localhost:9000"

But in this case Authentication will not work on your website because ngrok rewriting headers and session is not valid for your ngrok domain

Option 2

If you are using webpack you can add the following configuration

devServer: {
    disableHostCheck: true

In that case Authentication header will be valid for your ngrok domain

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