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What are the best OpenVPN alternatives?

OpenVPN is described as 'provides flexible VPN solutions to secure your data communications, whether it's for Internet privacy, remote access for employees, securing IoT, or for networking Cloud data centers' and is a leading VPN service in the security & privacy category. There are more than 25 alternatives to OpenVPN for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Mac, Windows, Android and iPhone. The best alternative is SoftEther VPN, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like OpenVPN are WireGuard, ZeroTier, Shadowsocks and Tailscale.

OpenVPN alternatives are mainly VPN Services but may also be Virtual LAN Software or VPN Clients. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of OpenVPN.
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  1. SoftEther VPN ("SoftEther" means "Software Ethernet") is one of the world's most powerful and easy-to-use multi-protocol VPN software. It runs on Windows, Linux, Mac, FreeBSD and Solaris.

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    Almost everyone thinks SoftEther VPN is a great alternative to OpenVPN.

    I like Softether VPN as an alternative to openvpn because it works well with my firewall and easy setup and quite lot of option configurations.

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    coka4you

    Easy setup and a great variety of functions.

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    Kissaki

    Can be used as a drop-in replacement for OpenVPN, is free and open source as well

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  2. WireGuard icon

    WireGuard

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • BSD

    WireGuard is an extremely simple yet fast and modern VPN that utilizes state-of-the-art cryptography. It aims to be faster, simpler, leaner, and more useful than IPSec, while avoiding the massive headache. It intends to be considerably more performant than OpenVPN.

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    Almost everyone thinks WireGuard is a great alternative to OpenVPN.

    WireGuard proposes a complete new concept. More lightweight, faster, easier to use. This is really a step up as far as secure ip tunnels are concerned.

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    Less detectable by DPI, smaller code base. Very easy to config

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    being unable to use blocked sites in Iran

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    jamesdhendrickson

    Administration is a breeze, more secure, smaller code base.

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    Simpler, faster and more secure than OpenVPN

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  3. ZeroTier creates virtual ethernet networks that work everywhere. Use it as a VPN alternative, for gaming, or to create a virtual office LAN that travels with you.

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    Almost everyone thinks ZeroTier is a great alternative to OpenVPN.

    For me the ideal replacement of the old hamachi, a little complicated installation in linux the first time, then everything on wheels.

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    Shadowsocks

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • F-Droid

    A fast tunnel proxy that helps you bypass firewalls.

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    Shadowsocks vs OpenVPN opinions
    Most users think Shadowsocks is a great alternative to OpenVPN.
    jodumont

    this is a proxy not a vpn solution

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  5. Tailscale icon

    Tailscale

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    Private networks made easy Connect all your devices using WireGuard, without the hassle. Tailscale makes it as easy as installing an app and signing in.

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    Tunnelblick

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac

    Tunnelblick is a free, open source graphic user interface for OpenVPN on OS X and macOS. It provides easy control of OpenVPN client and/or server connections.

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    jfklsdjfksdf

    Very impressive, but freezes all time

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    ngrok

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • FreeBSD

    ngrok exposes local servers behind NATs and firewalls to the public internet over secure tunnels.

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    Freelan

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    A free, open-source, multi-platform, highly-configurable and peer-to-peer VPN software, designed to easily connect remote hosts and mainly focused on security and performance.

    Discontinued

    No update in >2 years.Download links no longer work.

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    Freegate

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    • Wine

    Freegate is an anti-censorship software for secure and fast Internet access. It was developed and maintained by Dynamic Internet Technology Inc. (DIT), a pioneer in censorship-circumvention operation.

    Warning

    The installer is detected as malicious by some antiviruses: https://www.virustotal.com/gui/file/20017fd064a42e743ecb6f6fd5b8b60efc21e7f3979b07fcd23a811514f23111

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    Some users think Freegate is a great alternative to OpenVPN, some don't.
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    Outline VPN

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Android Tablet

    Journalists need safe access to information to research issues, communicate with sources, and report the news. Outline lets news organizations easily provide their network safer access to the open internet.

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