mabl Link connects to the mabl cloud over a TLS encrypted TCP connection (
port 443). To orchestrate the connection process and provisioning, as well as install automatic updates, mabl Link will connect to the mabl APIs (
https://api.mabl.com), and our cloud CDN provider (
See Secure tunneling with mabl Link for a detailed description of the architecture.
The Link Agent will only connect to two endpoints of the mabl cloud:
api.mabl.comwhich resolves to
*.link.mabl.comwhich is a wildcard DNS name which resolves to
Therefore, all you need to whitelist is an egress (outbound) connection to the above two DNS names, or IP addresses. If you run into issues, please review together with your IT team the mabl Link docs and contact the mabl support team at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be happy to help you.
No. The secure tunnel is established as an outgoing (egress) connection to mabl, so the Link Agent can run behind firewalls with strict rules that block incoming connections. In fact the Link Agent does not create any listening sockets.
mabl Link is an encrypted reverse proxy tunnel, not a VPN (Virtual Private Network).
mabl Link is designed for point and click deployment within a private network or VPC. Because of its simplicity, mabl Link can be setup in 5-10 minutes, rather than the time consuming process of configuring VPN appliances, peering networks, and coping with IPs and routes.
Yes. All hostnames will be resolved on the respective mabl Link Agent, which is running inside your network. As long as the host running the Link Agent can resolve the DNS address (including entries in the
hosts file), your journeys running inside mabl will be able to resolve it. There is a slight caveat for link-local addresses such as
127.0.0.1, etc. because most browsers have put security restrictions in place that limit our ability to route these connections through the Link Agent. See the note below for more information.
Using mabl Link with localhost URLs
Please see Using mabl Link to run tests against localhost to learn how to configure mabl tests to work with
localhost URLs via mabl Link.
Yes. See above.
If your corporate network intercepts outgoing SSL traffic the Link Agent will have trouble connecting to the mabl APIs and establishing the secure link tunnel. In this case, the only current workaround is to pass the
--no-ssl-verify argument when starting the Link Agent. When this flag is enabled, the Link Agent will skip SSL certificate verification on mabl API calls. In addition, the tunnel itself will run on a port other than 443. The reason for using a different tunnel port is that the traffic traversing the tunnel is not using the HTTP protocol, so any attempt to inspect it or modify it will likely prevent the tunnel from functioning properly. By default the tunnel will use port 8443 in this case, but that can be overridden by passing a custom port using the
--port command-line argument.
The Link Agent must be able to making outgoing connections to port 443 in order to communicate with the mabl APIs. If your corporate network is blocking outgoing connections to port 443, please contact your network infrastructure team about putting an exemption in place for the Link Agent.
Unfortunately, mabl Link can only run on port 443 and the port cannot be changed.
There is no fundamental limitation to the number of Link Agents you can use, but you should only use the number of agents you need for your respective environments. Using a large number of agents will be more complex to wire up in your environments and plans.
Because mabl Link provisions dedicated firewalls, routes, IPs, and servers on a per Link Agent basis, reusing an agent will have a significantly faster startup time (seconds), compared to the few minutes (2-5min) required to provision this infrastructure.
Yes. You can start multiple Link Agents with the same
--name argument. If multiple agents are running with the same name they will automatically form a high availability cluster such that if one of the agents were to become disconnected, future tests would begin to use one of the agents that is still running.
If you need redundancy then pick a general name that can be used across multiple machines.
For testing against a local build you want it to be unique. Include your specific machine name or your name as part of the Link Agent name to identify that Link Agent later when adding it to an environment.
The Link Agent will run in many different hardware configurations. Though there are no strict minimum requirements, we recommend at least 1 vCPU, 1GB RAM and 2GB storage.
On a Mac (OSX) or Linux machine, you may need to add the Link Agent/bin folder to your PATH.
Alternatively, you can run the agent command from the
link-agent/bin directory, or provided the full path to the
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