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ngrok vs Webpack: What are the differences?

ngrok: Securely expose a local web server to the internet and capture all traffic for detailed inspection and replay. ngrok is a reverse proxy that creates a secure tunnel between from a public endpoint to a locally running web service. ngrok captures and analyzes all traffic over the tunnel for later inspection and replay; Webpack: A bundler for javascript and friends. A bundler for javascript and friends. Packs many modules into a few bundled assets. Code Splitting allows to load parts for the application on demand. Through "loaders" modules can be CommonJs, AMD, ES6 modules, CSS, Images, JSON, Coffeescript, LESS, ... and your custom stuff.

ngrok belongs to "localhost Tools" category of the tech stack, while Webpack can be primarily classified under "JS Build Tools / JS Task Runners".

"Easy to use" is the primary reason why developers consider ngrok over the competitors, whereas "Most powerful bundler" was stated as the key factor in picking Webpack.

ngrok and Webpack are both open source tools. It seems that Webpack with 49.8K GitHub stars and 6.27K forks on GitHub has more adoption than ngrok with 16.5K GitHub stars and 2.87K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Webpack has a broader approval, being mentioned in 2208 company stacks & 1340 developers stacks; compared to ngrok, which is listed in 26 company stacks and 16 developer stacks.

What is ngrok?

ngrok is a reverse proxy that creates a secure tunnel between from a public endpoint to a locally running web service. ngrok captures and analyzes all traffic over the tunnel for later inspection and replay.

What is Webpack?

A bundler for javascript and friends. Packs many modules into a few bundled assets. Code Splitting allows to load parts for the application on demand. Through "loaders" modules can be CommonJs, AMD, ES6 modules, CSS, Images, JSON, Coffeescript, LESS, ... and your custom stuff.
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What are some alternatives to ngrok and Webpack?
nginx
nginx [engine x] is an HTTP and reverse proxy server, as well as a mail proxy server, written by Igor Sysoev. According to Netcraft nginx served or proxied 30.46% of the top million busiest sites in Jan 2018.
PageKite
PageKite is a system for exposing localhost servers to the public Internet. It is most commonly used to make local web servers or SSH servers publicly visible, although almost any TCP-based protocol can work if the client knows how to use an HTTP proxy.
MAMP
It can be installed under macOS and Windows with just a few clicks. It provides them with all the tools they need to run WordPress on their desktop PC for testing or development purposes, for example. It doesn't matter if you prefer Apache or Nginx or if you want to work with PHP, Python, Perl or Ruby.
Termius
The #1 cross-platform terminal with built-in ssh client which works as your own portable server management system in any situation.
GoTTY
GoTTY is a simple command line tool that turns your CLI tools into web applications.
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Volkan Özçelik uses WebpackWebpack

Webpack is the best bundler. Period.

Yes, it has a(n arguably) messy documentation, and a steep learning curve; but once you get the hang of it, there is nothing you cannot do with it.

Use it and you don’t have to use any other bundler at all.

It has a vivid ecosystem, and great plugin support.

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Alec Cunningham uses WebpackWebpack

My preferred build tool; allows me to bundle my JSX, JS, CSS files for easy access and I can pass the bundle through my node server for server side rendering.

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Kent Steiner uses WebpackWebpack

Flexible building and compiling of source for browser consumption, mainly for JS, but experimenting a little with CSS (although I prefer StylusJS for CSS).

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Andrew Gatenby uses WebpackWebpack

We use this to optimise the delivery of the client-side for our revised Admin System, so it's able to be delivered to browsers as efficiently as possible.

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Cameron Drake uses WebpackWebpack

Webpack compiles files to bundles with source maps. Using Webpack you can use the latest features (ES6) and have it compiled to compliant js.

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