December 3rd, 2014
We’re very happy to announce that Forward v2 has launched! We’ve got a new look, a new-and-improved backend and client, and a totally new way to share your local sites.
Forward for Chrome
With the new Forward Chrome extension, you can now forward sites right from your browser without ever setting foot in the terminal. It’s as simple as pulling up your local site in Chrome, clicking the Forward icon, then clicking ‘Start tunnel’. A tunnel will start and its URL will be copied to your clipboard automatically, ready to share.
We’ve found this to be a really intuitive way to link to localhost, and we hope it will be more comfortable for the many developers out there who don’t spend all day in the Terminal.
This also means that you no longer have to install Ruby on your system before you can use Forward. This should be a big relief for many Windows users. Now you only have to install the Chrome extension to use Forward.
New CLI Client
Prefer the command-line? Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about you! The Forward CLI client has been completely rewritten and is now better than ever. Most of the changes are under the hood, but here are a few of the big new features:
The Forward CLI now supports multiple accounts. You can switch between your personal account and a company account easily. Run
forward --help to see the new options.
Forwarding Static Sites
If you’re working on a static site or need to share a directory you can now just run
forward your_path and we’ll start up a simple HTTP server for you. It even does directory indexes.
There’s now an option to have your URL automatically copied to your clipboard when a tunnel starts. It’s enabled by default, but if you’d like to turn it off just edit
~/.forwardrc. You can also have the URL opened in your default browser by enabling the option in that file as well. Small features, but our team has really been enjoying them and we think you will too.
We’ve also added logging to the Forward CLI client. This means you’ll be able to see any requests to your tunnel logged to the terminal. Even if you’re not logging from your dev server.
To get the new CLI, just run
gem install forward.
Annual billing and more
In addition to the new clients, we now offer annual billing for all of our plans, this is a great option for businesses or for people who prefer lump sum payments. The annual plans are available now. We’ve also beefed up our Help section with new articles, and have improved the old ones. We plan to keep adding to it, so let us know if there’s anything you’d like to see.
This is a big launch, so we appreciate your patience as we work out any kinks. Please let us know if you find anything amiss at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re very happy about this new version, and we hope you like it too. Feel free to give us any feedback on twitter @forwardhq or by emailing email@example.com
—The Forward Team