Support for reverse port forwarding #499

wincent opened this Issue Feb 7, 2014 · 2 comments


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wincent commented Feb 7, 2014

This would be a nice to have; basically the equivalent of SSH's -R option:

 -R [bind_address:]port:host:hostport
         Specifies that the given port on the remote (server) host is to be forwarded
         to the given host and port on the local side.  This works by allocating a
         socket to listen to port on the remote side, and whenever a connection is
         made to this port, the connection is forwarded over the secure channel, and
         a connection is made to host port hostport from the local machine.

         Port forwardings can also be specified in the configuration file.  Privi-
         leged ports can be forwarded only when logging in as root on the remote
         machine.  IPv6 addresses can be specified by enclosing the address in square

         By default, the listening socket on the server will be bound to the loopback
         interface only.  This may be overridden by specifying a bind_address.  An
         empty bind_address, or the address `*', indicates that the remote socket
         should listen on all interfaces.  Specifying a remote bind_address will only
         succeed if the server's GatewayPorts option is enabled (see sshd_config(5)).

         If the port argument is `0', the listen port will be dynamically allocated
         on the server and reported to the client at run time.  When used together
         with -O forward the allocated port will be printed to the standard output.

My specific use case here is wanting to use, which relies on reverse port-forwarding to expose the local clipboard to a process running on a remote host (ie. to do things like copy from tmux or Vim on a remote machine and have it land in your local system clipboard).

I've seen tickets here for agent forwarding and "normal" (not reverse) port-forwarding, so thought I'd open up a ticket to track this one separately.


Agree this would be very useful. Mosh already recognizes parts of ~/.ssh/config. It should also recognize directives like

RemoteForward 52698

related to #431
xrchz commented Mar 2, 2015


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