cloudflared in AWS
The purpose of this guide is to walk through some best practices for accessing private resources on AWS by deploying Cloudflare’s lightweight connector,
We will walk through how to initialize a service on a Linux VM in AWS, and route to it from another VM running cloudflared. This deployment guide does not take into account routing beyond basic security groups and default VPCs.
- Navigate to the and create a Cloudflare Zero Trust account.
- into your Cloudflare Zero Trust account.
Create your environment
From the AWS console, navigate to Build a Solution and select Launch a Virtual Machine with EC2.
Next, select the appropriate AMI. In this instance, we are using Ubuntu 18.0.
When selecting your instance type, choose
t2.micro. This type is available for the free tier.
Click Next: Configure Instance Details.
Because we are leaving this device on the default VPC, you will not need to make any changes in the next couple of steps, nor will you need to add additional storage or tags. Click Next: Add Storage, and then click Next: Add Tags.
Next, advance to Security Group Settings and add two policies:
- Ensure SSH is only accessible from your IP to prevent it being publicly accessible.
- Allow traffic from
172.31.0.0/16, which is the default internal IP range that AWS will give your device.
Finally, make sure you locate the Public IPv4 DNS address inside the instance summary on the AWS console. You will need that parameter as well in order to use SSH.
The next step is to build out and route a service.
Now that we have EC2 up and running in AWS, you can log in to your instance.
SSH into your AWS instance using the command line.$ cd Downloads$ ssh -i "TestKeyPair.pem" [email protected]
sudo suto gain full admin rights to the Virtual Machine.
apt install wgetto install any relevant dependencies for your new instance.
cloudflaredon your instance. In this example, we are running a Debian-based instance, so download the Debian build of
cloudflared:$ wget https://github.com/cloudflare/cloudflared/releases/latest/download/cloudflared-linux-amd64.deb$ dpkg -i cloudflared-linux-amd64.deb
Run the following command to authenticate
cloudflaredwith your Cloudflare account. The command will launch a browser window where you will be prompted to log in with your Cloudflare account and pick any zone you have added to Cloudflare.$ cloudflared tunnel login
Create a tunnel.$ cloudflared tunnel create AWS-01
Route your tunnel. In this example, we will expose the smallest range available. We can add more IP routes later if necessary.$ cloudflared tunnel route ip add 172.31.0.0/16 AWS-01
Complete tunnel configuration
Make a directory for your configuration file.$ mkdir /etc/cloudflared$ cd /etc/cloudflared
Build a configuration file. Before moving forward and entering vim, copy your Tunnel ID and credentials path to a notepad.$ vim config.yml
ito begin editing the file and copy-paste the following settings in it.tunnel: <Tunnel ID/name>credentials-file: /root/.cloudflared/<Tunnel ID>.jsonprotocol: quicwarp-routing:enabled: truelogfile: /var/log/cloudflared.log#cloudflared to the origin debugloglevel: debug#cloudflared to cloudflare debugtransport-loglevel: info
escand then type
:xto save and exit.
cloudflaredas a service.
$ cloudflared service install
$ systemctl start cloudflared
$ systemctl status cloudflared