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A simple npm module and binary to terminate and forward SSL connections.

This is intended to be used to make local web development easier, not to be run in production. tunnels was inspired by


npm install -g tunnels


Generate Your Certificates

tunnels expects a server.crt, server.key and ca.crt in ~/.tunnels.

Here's a set of commands that will give you certs good for 5 years:

mkdir ~/.tunnels
cd ~/.tunnels
openssl genrsa -out ca.key 4096
openssl req -new -x509 -days 1826 -key ca.key -out ca.crt
openssl genrsa -out server.key 4096
openssl req -new -key server.key -out server.csr
openssl x509 -req -days 1826 -in server.csr -CA ca.crt -CAkey ca.key -set_serial 01 -out server.crt

Install Root CA

You'll also want to install your ca.crt in your browser. On OSX you can add it to the keychain like so:

sudo security add-trusted-cert -d -r trustRoot -k /Library/Keychains/System.keychain ~/.tunnels/ca.crt

Run it!

sudo tunnels

Great in combination with