How to Connect to a Local Port on a Remote SSH Server

If you ever have a web server (or other type of server) running on a remote Linux box, and you want to connect to it using your local system, here’s how you do it.

ssh -i ./.ssh/key.pem -N -L 8081:localhost:8000 user@host

This reads as:

  • Authenticate using a key.
  • The port you’re listening on on your local system is localhost:8081.
  • The port you’re listening on on your remote Linux box is localhost:8000.
  • You’re connecting as user@host.

Then you just go to your browser and browse to: localhost:8081.

Hope it helps someone.

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