Author picture Phil Leggetter

Hookdeck Review: May 2024


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Welcome to the Hookdeck Review for May 2024.

Here's what we've been up to in May.

Use the Hookdeck CLI as an ngrok alternative

ngrok is a tool you're probably familiar with and have likely used to receive webhooks in your local development environment.

However, ngrok's focus has shifted over the past few years, resulting in some frustrating limitations in the developer experience, and some providers, such as Meta, have also blocked the use of ngrok in their webhooks settings.

Meta blocking ngrok

So, I want to take this opportunity to remind you that the Hookdeck CLI is an alternative to ngrok in asynchronous local development scenarios, such as receiving webhooks. You can even use the Hookdeck CLI without a Hookdeck account.

If you don't already have the Hookdeck CLI installed, you can install it as follows:

  npm install hookdeck-cli -g
  yarn global add hookdeck-cli
    brew install hookdeck/hookdeck/hookdeck
  1.     scoop bucket add hookdeck
  2.   scoop install hookdeck
  1. Download the latest release's tar.gz file.

  2.     tar -xvf hookdeck_X.X.X_linux_x86_64.tar.gz
  3.   ./hookdeck

You can then decide if you want to sign up for a Hookdeck account to persist webhook URLs across clients and even share localtunnels with the rest of your team.

Concurrent event delivery support

We've added support for setting the delivery rate to Destinations to a number of events concurrently.

So, for example, if you only want to receive one event at a time, you can set the concurrency to 1.

Read more about Destination delivery rates.

Hookdeck Connection onboarding flow

Hookdeck's broad capabilities can be a little overwhelming when you first start using it. So, we've added a new onboarding flow to help introduce Hookdeck concepts and to get you started with your first Connection.

If you haven't tried Hookdeck for a while, you might want to check it out by creating a new Connection with the new onboarding flow in the Hookdeck dashboard. We'd love to hear what you think in our community Slack.

New webhook verification support

In May, we added webhook verification support for the following services:

  • Vercel Log Drains - Log drains let you debug, monitor, and analyze logs from your Vercel deployed applications.
  • Tebex - a platform for game monetization.
  • Slack - Webhooks from Slack via the Slack Events API.

That's it for the May review.

Don't forget to get in touch with any questions, share your thoughts on Hookdeck, or let us know what you're building.