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Introducing the On-Premises Runscope Gateway Agent for Capturing and Debugging Private and Internal API Traffic

By Neil Mansilla on .

Back in September, we introduced Runscope Radar Agent, an on-premises testing agent that you download and install on a host within your network. The remote agent appears along side Runscope's global cloud-based testing locations, allowing tests to be executed against APIs behind your firewall, or even those running on the same localhost. Radar Agent has been a huge success, and we're excited to extend the hybrid on-premises deployment model to another key area of Runscope.

Today, we’re announcing the release of the Runscope Gateway Agent. The same gateway software that powers Runscope's cloud infrastructure for making and logging API calls can now be installed on your local network. Deploying the Runscope Gateway Agent within your infrastructure will help to:

  • Capture API request and response data made to private or internal APIs that reside behind a firewall
  • Troubleshoot and debug those API calls using the Runscope Traffic Inspector
  • Increase network performance by keeping API traffic within your infrastructure
  • Create Runscope URLs (on your domain name) for services running on localhost
  • Access APIs that require a fixed client IP address (IP whitelisting)

How it Works

The agent works by creating a locally-hosted instance of the Runscope Gateway with your own hostname and TLS certificate. Instead of using our cloud-based Runscope Gateways (hosted on *.runscope.net), requests will use the configured hostname for your agent instead.

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Inspecting traffic with the Runscope Gateway Agent uses a hybrid on-premises approach. The agent runs on a host within your infrastructure, but traffic data is stored in the Runscope cloud to make searching and collaboration easier. Traffic collected with the agent is available in the Traffic Inspector along with all other traffic made in the same bucket.

All communication from the agent to the Runscope cloud is made securely over outbound requests to the Runscope API via HTTPS on port 443. See Firewall Considerations for more information.

How to Get Started

Use of the Runscope Gateway Agent requires a Trial, Starter, Team, Business or Enterprise subscription. The agent is available for Mac OS X, Windows (64/32-bit) and Linux (64/32-bit). For complete download and implementation instructions, see the Gateway Agent documentation.

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