Testing localhost site in Opera Mini – SSH tunnel trick

Opera Mini has 100 million users around the world – in developing countries it’s a very important browser. Opera Mini is based on thin client model where the page is rendered on the server and then send as compressed to the mobile. Some Javascript / AJAX support is available, especially if it run during or before document ready handler.

Opera provides web based simulator which you can use to test your web pages in Opera Mini. Opera Mini is based on Java, on both mobile and in the simulator, so Java plug-in is needed.

If you don’t have an public IP address you are firewalled you need to do a port forward with SSH tunnel though a server having public IP:

ssh -gNR 8888:localhost:8888 yourserver.com

Then you just go to Opera Mini simulator and type your port forwarded address:

yourserver.com:8888

 

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