Cannot get fly proxy <local:remote> to work


my ultimate goal is to run fly proxy 4010:4010 on my local dev laptop. This would allow me to connect via localhost:4010 to a REPL of my web app.

Unfortunately, I cannot get this to work. I am getting errors like Connection reset by peer.

When I fly ssh console into my machine, I can run netstat -tnlp which gives:

-bash-5.2# netstat -tnlp
Active Internet connections (only servers)
Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address           Foreign Address         State       PID/Program name
tcp        0      0  *               LISTEN      322/app
tcp        0      0  *               LISTEN      322/app
tcp        0      0 fdaa:1:d67a:a7b:38:5a91:3536:2:22 :::*                    LISTEN      323/hallpass

Port 5000 is the http port of my app. To try something else, I did fly proxy 5000:5000 on my laptop and then ran curl http://localhost:5000. This also gives me a Connection reset by peer.

fly version gives me

flyctl v0.2.72 linux/amd64 Commit: df7529f6da985a662853ffc7003f57ee3c9d8e42 BuildDate: 2024-06-18T23:04:13Z

I am on Arch Linux.

Any ideas how to further investigate this? Is my basic understanding of the fly proxy command correct in the sense that I should be able to do a port forwarding to any port listening in my VM on


Best, Kilian

Hey @kilian

Make sure your app is listening on ipv6-enabled socket ([::], not flyctl proxy establishes a wireguard connection with you org’s network which has only ipv6 addresses.

Hey @pavel,

thanks for explaining! Now everything is clear and that feels so much better :).

Currently, it would be too much work for me to patch/rewrite the REPL server to listen on an ipv6 address instead of ipv4.

However, I am able to do what I wanted by following these steps:

  1. Launch a network wrapper on the VM by doing a fly ssh console and then running socat TCP6-LISTEN:4020,fork TCP4:
  2. On my laptop I run fly proxy 4010:4020
  3. Now, I am able to connect to localhost:4010


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