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Add non-HTTP applications

You can connect applications to Cloudflare Zero Trust over a number of different protocols.

​​ Rendering in the browser

Cloudflare can render certain non-web applications in your browser without the need for client software or end-user configuration changes. Cloudflare currently supports rendering a terminal for SSH and VNC connections in a user’s browser.

To enable browser rendering:

  1. In Zero Trust, go to Access > Applications.
  2. Locate the SSH or VNC application you created when connecting the server to Cloudflare. Select Configure.
  3. In the Policies tab, ensure that only Allow or Block policies are present. Bypass and Service Auth are not supported for browser-rendered applications.
  4. In the Settings tab, scroll down to Browser rendering.
  5. Choose SSH or VNC.

Once enabled, when users authenticate and visit the URL of the application, Cloudflare will render a terminal in their browser.

​​ Automatic cloudflared authentication

Before you start
Ensure you have an automated service relying on cloudflared authentication
Ensure you have an active IdP session when logging in through cloudflared

When you log in to Access through cloudflared, your browser prompts you to allow access by displaying this page:

Access request prompt page displayed after logging in with cloudflared.

To avoid seeing this page every time you authenticate through cloudflared, go to the application page of the Access section in Zero Trust. Select Edit and select the Settings tab. In the cloudflared settings card, toggle Enable automatic cloudflared authentication to on.

The toggle to enable automatic connection is set to on.

This option will still prompt a browser window in the background, but the authentication will be automatic.