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Using Candy to Test and Develop with Local Custom Domains
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When developing locally, you may find yourself needing to test with an actual domain and not
Candy is a reverse proxy server written in Golang. It contains an HTTP, HTTPS, and DNS server 🚝. It's simple and powerful.
Using candy we can start our local application on a port, and then run:
echo "8080" > ~/.candy/myapp curl http://myapp.test
Now you can use
myapp.test locally to access your application.
In this article, I'll walk you through getting a simple environment spun up.
What is a reverse proxy server?
A reverse proxy server is a server that forwards requests from clients to other servers. This is often used to protect the privacy of clients by hiding the true identity of the server.
But, we can use that same feature locally to give you custom domains during development.
Getting started with Candy
For MacOS, you may run:
brew install owenthereal/candy/candy
See Installation Instructions for other operating systems.
Then, we need to run candy's
sudo candy setup
Because you should always know what commands are doing to your machine, here is what it's doing behind the scenes:
sudo mkdir -p /etc/resolver cat<<EOF | sudo tee /etc/resolver/candy-test > /dev/null domain test nameserver 127.0.0.1 port 25353 search_order 1 timeout 5 EOF
- Start candy:
brew services start candy
Start your local app.
Add port to candy as
echo "8080" > ~/.candy/myapp
4 . Restart candy:
brew services restart candy
- Curl 😎:
For more configuration options, please see candy's README.
Now you have a local domain to develop against.