by AdColony-Engineering

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Heroku buildpack for autossh

This is a Heroku buildpack that adds autossh to your heroku build and starts it, pointing at a given tunnel and target host and port.

(autossh is a program to start a copy of ssh and monitor it, restarting it as necessary should it die or stop passing traffic. More information about autossh can be found here: http://www.harding.motd.ca/autossh/)


If you're not already using multiple buildpacks, you'll need to set your app up to do so:

$ heroku buildpacks:set https://github.com/heroku/heroku-buildpack-multi.git

In your project add a .buildpacks file.

# .buildpacks
https://github.com/heroku/heroku-buildpack-ruby.git#v138 # or whatever buildpack you were previously using

Then set the following environment variables in your Heroku app:

  • SSH_TUNNEL_PUBLIC_KEY: the public SSH key for the tunnel
  • SSH_TUNNEL_PRIVATE_KEY: the public SSH key for the tunnel
  • SSH_TUNNEL_IP: the IP of the SSH tunnel machine to use
  • SSH_TUNNEL_TARGET_HOST: the host to tunnel to
  • SSH_TUNNEL_TARGET_PORT: the port to tunnel to

Additionally, you can optionally set the following:

  • SSH_TUNNEL_LISTEN_PORT: the local port to forward traffic to the target over (default: 29177)

Then, instead of connecting to


you can connect to



Ask @josh.conner or @azi.