Connecting to A Channel
Learn how to make your assistant available on:
Testing Channels on Your Local Machine
If you're running Rasa X Local mode or a Rasa Open Source server on
most external channels won't be able to find your server URL, since
localhost is not open to the internet.
To make a port on your local machine publicly available on the internet, you can use ngrok.
After installing ngrok, run:
When you follow the instructions to make your assistant available on a channel, use the ngrok URL.
Specifically, wherever the instructions say to use
<ngrok_url> with the randomly generated
URL displayed in your ngrok terminal window. For example, if connecting your bot to Slack,
your URL should resemble
With the free-tier of ngrok, you can run into limits on how many connections you can make per minute. As of writing this, it is set to 40 connections / minute.
Alternatively you can make your assistent listen on a specific address using the
-i command line
This is particulary useful when your internet facing machines connect to backend servers using a VPN interface.