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imgix with Ngrok

Use imgix with localhost over Ngrok:
A Step-by-Step Guide

Occasionally you might want to test or experiment with imgix using images that aren't uploaded to a public cloud storage provider.

Let's assume you have your home server, a raspberry pi or simply images on your local machine you'd like to use.

One option to serve these through imgix, is using ngrok (opens in a new tab).

Ngrok allows you to proxy forward your locally run app to the public internet over a URL, which you can configure as the base for a Web Folder source.


Install ngrok

Install ngrok on your machine by following their installation guide (opens in a new tab).

Prepare your local app

For demonstration purposes, let's look at a simple example using express with the following structure:

    • app.js
      • imgix-logo.png
  • app.js
    const express = require("express")
    const app = express()
    const port = 3000
    app.get("/", (req, res) => {
      res.send("<h1>Welcome to our local App</h1>")
    // Start the server
    app.listen(port, () => {
      console.log(`Server is running on http://localhost:${port}`)

    Start your app on localhost:3000

    #cd ngrok_demo_app
    node app.js

    Proxy local server using ngrok to get a public URL

    ngrok http 3000

    This should output a public URL that you can use as your imgix source.

    Configure imgix Web-folder source

    Navigate to the imgix Dashboard and create a new Web Folder source. Use the ngrok URL as the Origin URL.

    Web Folders Base URL Step

    Finally, deploy the source.

    Serve the image using imgix

    Access the image using your imgix domain + the path to the image on your local machine.,compress&w=300