External access to your API in development with Conveyor

In my usual workflow, when I’m developing an API with Visual Studio, and I need to access it from a mobile app, I publish the API to Azure or a local IIS server.
I need to do this because, by default, IIS express publish your API with the localhost endpoint, and it can’t be easily used outside the running machine.
I was looking for a quick fix when I found Conveyor, a Visual Studio extension that automatically provides our API’s external access. Additionally, I created an account on their website to enable public access to my API (outside of the local network).
After installing the extension, it would start when I run my project in Debug mode.
In the following screenshot, you can see which ones are the enabled endpoints.

Enabled endpoints


We can also enable the use of certificates for HTTPS access.
A great addition to my toolbox, easy to install and use 😉

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