zrok was built to share and access digital resources. A
private share allows a resource to be
accessed on another user's system as if it were local to them. Privately shared resources can only be accessed by another
zrok user who has the details of your unique share. You are in control of who can access your
private shares by sharing the the share token.
Peer-to-peer private resource sharing is one of the things that makes
zrok also provides
public sharing of resources with non-
zrok users. Public resource sharing is limited to only resources that can be accessed over
private sharing works with all of the resources types that
Here's how private sharing works:
Peer to Peer
private shares are accessed using the
zrok access command, and require the accessing user to have a
zrok enable-d account on the same service instance where the share was created.
private share is identified by a share token. The accessing user will use the share token, along with the
zrok access command to create a local endpoint on their system, which lets them use the shared resource as if it were local to their system.
zrok does not require you to open any firewall ports or otherwise compromise the security of your local system; there is never an attack surface open to the public internet. As soon as you terminate the
zrok share process, you immediately terminate any possible access to your shared resource.
The shared resource can be a development web server to share with friends and colleagues, a webhook from a server running in the cloud which has
zrok running and has been instructed to
access the private resource.
zrok can also share files, websites, and low-level TCP and UDP network connections using the
tunnel backend. What matters is that the access to the shared resource is not done in a public way, and can only be accessed by other
zrok users that have access to your share token.
The peer-to-peer capabilities of
zrok are an important property of the underlying OpenZiti network that
zrok uses to provide connectivity between users and resources.
private shares is easy and is accomplished using the
zrok share private command. Run
zrok share private to see the usage output and to further learn how to use the command.