Whether you are developing inside a docker container, using vagrant or any other LAMP development environment sometimes you want to expose your local development environment to the internet. For example when you want to locally test the integration of external services like PayPal (or any other service). These services mostly require a callback url that is reachable from the internet. Without exposing your locally development environment its much harder to test these services before putting your application live. In this blog I will explain a couple of easy options that are also free to use. One of my favorite services is ngrok but I will also give some alternatives.
First of all I really love gitlab. It’s free, open-source and it’s a great tool to manage your repositories. But for some reason it’s also very fragile. Atleast my setup fails now and then because I updated my system or updated gitlab or for some other unknown reason. In this article I discuss my issues and solutions. Feel free to comment or post your own issue.
Its actually quite simple now with the latest version of GitLab. There are only a few pitfalls that you have to think of getting it working. Lets start right now!