Create an HTTP Tunnel with Live HTTP Header Modification

Pinggy supports live header modification for incoming HTTP(S) requests. It can remove, modify, or add new headers to each request coming through the tunnel.

Headers can be modified via command-line arguments with the ssh command itself. Here’s an example to add a new header X-Pinggy-Forwarded: true to incoming requests:


Pinggy allows users to manipulate headers via the command line. The syntax is as follows:

Pinggy supports three operations, namely append (a), remove (r), and update (u). Every operation needs one or two sub-arguments. Operations and sub-arguments are separated by a colon :. Here are the details about the options:

Append Header

The append header option (a) adds the given header name and value. It will not remove or modify the existing header with the same name. It requires exactly two sub-arguments. The first sub-argument is the header name, and the second sub-argument is the value for the header. The value can contain spaces and other special characters that are allowed as the header value, including colon :. Here are a few examples:

  • Add X-Request-Tag to identify that the connection came from the Pinggy tunnel:

Remove Header

Pinggy allows live HTTP header removal with the remove (r) operation. It removes all the existing (i.e., incoming request header) headers for the given header name. The remove operation can be combined with other operations for the same header name. This operation only takes one sub-argument, i.e., the header name. Here’s an example to remove the Accept header:

Update Header

The update (u) header operation is a combination of the remove header operation and the append header operation. It requires two sub-arguments: the header name and the new value. Here’s an example to change the UserAgent header of incoming requests:

Here we need to escape the " because we have space in between the header value.

The Headername

The first argument is the header name for all three operations. The header name is case-insensitive, but we would recommend using upper camel casing syntax. It cannot contain any spaces or special characters. Read more about header name syntax at the Mozilla documentation.

Kindly note that the Host header is very special. It cannot be removed, but only updated. It cannot have multiple values. If one provides multiple values, only the last one will be considered.


  • Let’s say we want to start a HTTP tunnel for the server running at localhost:8080 while changing Host to

    Host name manipulation without pty
  • So last command does not provide the interactive UI. To get the interactive UI we have to add -t switch to the ssh command like below.

    Invalid CIDR Format
    Invalid CIDR Format
    Alphanumeric characters only
    Host name manipulation with pty
  • How to add more manipulation? Just add at the end. For example, if we want to remove Referer header along with changing the Host, we need following command

    Host name manipulation with Referer removal