This is a tight, fast implementation of the PageKite protocol in C, suitable for high-performance or embedded applications.
What is PageKite?
PageKite is a protocol for dynamic, tunneled reverse proxying of arbitrary TCP byte streams. It is particularly well suited for making a HTTP server on a device without a public IP address visible to the wider Internet, but can also be used for a variety of other things, including SSH access.
For more information, see http://pagekite.org/
What is in the box?
The structure is as follows:
bindings/ Library bindings for Java, Python contrib/ Things that use libpagekite doc/ Documentation include/pagekite.h The public interface of libpagekite java-classes/ Compiled Java classes libpagekite/ The source code tools/ Helper scripts for building and working
contrib/backends/ you'll find:
httpkite.c A sample implementation of a very basic HTTP server pagekitec.c Basic standalone pagekite back-end connector/proxy. sshkite.c An example of exposing SSH over pagekite. PageKiteTest.java Minimal Java test connector
To build for development on Linux, use:
$ ./autogen.sh $ ./configure --prefix=$(pwd) $ make install
This will build the library, placing binaries in the
subdirectories. You can then run the test connector like so:
$ export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$(pwd)/lib $ ./bin/pagekitec 80 http yourkite.pagekite.me 0 kitesecret
Or to run the Java test:
$ export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$(pwd)/lib $ cd java-classes $ java PageKiteTest
(Note: The Java test is expected to fail because of hard-coded invalid credentials. You'll need to edit the source for it to actually work.)
Or to run the Python test:
$ export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$(pwd)/lib $ cd bindings/python $ export PYTHONPATH="$(pwd);$PYTHONPATH" $ python ./cython_demo.py 80 http yourkite.pagekite.me secret
CTRL+C to exit any of the test apps.
Documentation and examples
./configure --help for some options on how to build the library.
- The C API reference
- The Java/JNI API reference
- The C backend connector
- The Java example
pydoc bindings/python/libpagekite/__init__.pyfor Python docs
See the old README for hints on how some things used to be done and may still be missing from our current build processes and documentation.
State of the Onion
As of February 2016, the library's main limitations are:
- SSL certificates are not verified when connecting to the relay
- The Lua plugin interface is incomplete
- The front-end relay code is incomplete
- Cross-compiling to Windows with autoconf is untested
The back-end connector code is however considered mature and stable; the library does a good job connecting, relaying traffic and reconnecting as necessary. The library is not currently known to crash (on Linux) or have security vulnerabilities, aside from the SSL limitation above.
License and Copyright
libpagekite is Copyright 2011-2016, The Beanstalks Project ehf.
This code is released under the Apache License 2.0, but may also be used according to the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License. Please see the file COPYING.md for details on which license applies to you.
Commercial support for this code, as well as managed front-end relay service, are available from https://pagekite.net/.