Remote Access (macOS)

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To setup remote access we need to setup a NGINX web server. This is a lightweight server that is very popular with Node.js applications because NGINX comes with a reverse proxy.

You will need to know how to access your router to enable port forwarding to access HOOBS remotely.

Notes about this documentation. Commands you need to run in the terminal are prefixed with ~%. You don’t enter the prefix in to the terminal. If you don’t see the prefix, this means the content is either example output or content you need to enter into a file.

Installing Homebrew

NGINX doesn’t come with macOS, and there is no downloadable package. You will need to install Homebrew to get NGINX.

Run this command to install NGINX.

~% /usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"

After Homebrew installs, you need to reset XCode.

~% sudo xcode-select -s /Applications/

This needs to be done because Homebrew tries to reset it, but fails. Both Homebrew and Node can use the command line tools that come with XCode.

Installing NGINX

Now let’s install NGINX.

~% brew install nginx

Homebrew handles macOS permissions automatically, you should never use sudo when installing packages from Homebrew.

Now let’s enable the NGINX server.

~% sudo brew services start nginx


NGINX requires some configuration, but don’t worry, we have you covered.

Edit the nginx.conf file

~% nano /usr/local/etc/nginx/nginx.conf

Replace the contents of the file with this.

worker_processes 1;

events {
    worker_connections 1024;

http {
    sendfile                     on;
    tcp_nopush                   on;
    tcp_nodelay                  on;
    keepalive_timeout            65;
    types_hash_max_size          4096;

    include                      mime.types;
    default_type                 application/octet-stream;
    gzip                         on;

    ssl_protocols                TLSv1 TLSv1.1 TLSv1.2;
    ssl_prefer_server_ciphers    on;

    include servers/*;

Note: You can use ctrl+k to delete a line in nano.

Now let’s create the hoobs.conf file. This defines the reverse proxies.

~% mkdir /usr/local/etc/nginx/servers
~% nano /usr/local/etc/nginx/servers/hoobs.conf

Enter the following into the file.

server {
    listen 80;
    listen [::]:80;
    server_name hoobs;
    client_max_body_size 2048M;

    error_page 502 /loader.html;

    location / {
        proxy_pass            "";
        proxy_http_version    1.1;
        proxy_set_header      X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
        proxy_set_header      Upgrade $http_upgrade;
        proxy_set_header      Connection "upgrade";

    location = /loader.html {
        root /usr/local/share/hoobs;

For this tutorial we are using port 80. You can choose any port you need, simply change the listen directives.

Setup the HOOBS Site

One advantage to using NGINX, is we now have the ability to show a nice loader when the server is booting.

Create the directory for the site.

~% sudo mkdir /usr/local/share/hoobs
~% sudo chown -R $(whoami) /usr/local/share/hoobs

Download the HOOBS loader page.

~% curl --output /usr/local/share/hoobs/loader.html


Now you need to restart NGINX.

~% sudo brew services restart nginx

Configuring your Router

Everyone has a different router, please refer to your router’s manual or online help. You will need to forward port 80 to your HOOBS server.

Some routers require you to reserve the IP address to enable port forwarding.

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