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OpenVPN Alternatives for Linux

There are many alternatives to OpenVPN for Linux if you are looking for a replacement. The best Linux alternative is SoftEther VPN, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to OpenVPN and many of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to OpenVPN are WireGuard, ZeroTier, Shadowsocks and FreePN.

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 icon

    SoftEther VPN

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    43 alternatives to SoftEther VPN 

    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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    1.  OpenVPNSoftEther VPN supports OpenVPN, one of the most secure and reliable VPN protocols.
    2.  AES-256 EncryptionSoftEther VPN has AES-256 Encryption, i.e. very strong security.
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    SoftEther VPN vs OpenVPN opinions
    Almost everyone thinks SoftEther VPN is a great alternative to OpenVPN.
    Guest

    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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    WireGuard

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • BSD
    33 alternatives to WireGuard 

    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.
    Guest

    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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    Guest

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

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    Guest

    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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    Guest

    Simpler, faster and more secure than OpenVPN

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    ZeroTier

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • BSD
    • Self-Hosted
    43 alternatives to ZeroTier 

    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.
    Guest

    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

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • F-Droid
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    163 alternatives to Shadowsocks 

    A fast tunnel proxy that helps you bypass firewalls.

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    1.  OpenVPNShadowsocks supports OpenVPN, one of the most secure and reliable VPN protocols.
    2.  Built-in VPNShadowsocks has a built-in VPN feature that enhances your privacy and allows you to browse the web from anywhere.
    3.  Anonymous ProxyShadowsocks protects your personal information by hiding your device identifying information.
    4.  ShadowsocksShadowsocks has support for shadowsocks protocol to circumvent Internet censorship
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    Most users think Shadowsocks is a great alternative to OpenVPN.
    jodumont

    this is a proxy not a vpn solution

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  5. FreePN icon

    FreePN

    • Linux
    • Gentoo Linux
    • Ubuntu
    251 alternatives to FreePN 

    FreePN is the first completely free, completely open network dedicated to protecting your online privacy. Joining the network is easy: just download and install the app. No accounts, no registration, no setup. Once you start the app, you're already protected.

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    1.  Privacy focusedFreePN is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    2.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in FreePN without registration.
    3.  No TrackingFreePN will not track you or use your personal data.
    4.  DecentralizedFreePN is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    5.  AES-256 EncryptionFreePN has AES-256 Encryption, i.e. very strong security.
    6.  LightweightFreePN consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    7.  End-to-End EncryptionFreePN has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    8.  Anonymous ProxyFreePN protects your personal information by hiding your device identifying information.
    9.  No LogsFreePN doesn't keep any logs of your activities.


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    Tailscale

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    17 alternatives to Tailscale 

    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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    1.  WireGuardTailscale supports the Wireguard protocol for encrypted VPN traffic.
    2.  Two-factor AuthenticationTailscale supports two-factor authentication (2FA).
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    ngrok

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • FreeBSD
    40 alternatives to ngrok 

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

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    1.  Lightweightngrok consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    Freelan

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    36 alternatives to Freelan 

    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.

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    1.  Command line interfaceFreelan either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    Discontinued

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

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    Outline VPN

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Homebrew
    • AppImageHub
    166 alternatives to Outline VPN 

    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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    1.  Privacy focusedOutline VPN is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    2.  DecentralizedOutline VPN is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    3.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Outline VPN without registration.
    4.  No LogsOutline VPN doesn't keep any logs of your activities.
    5.  ShadowsocksOutline VPN has support for shadowsocks protocol to circumvent Internet censorship
    6.  AES-256 EncryptionOutline VPN has AES-256 Encryption, i.e. very strong security.
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    sshuttle

    • Mac
    • Linux
    155 alternatives to sshuttle 

    sshuttle: where transparent proxy meets VPN meets ssh sshuttle is the only program that solves the following common case:

    Your client machine (or router) is Linux, FreeBSD, or MacOS.

    You have access to a remote network via ssh.

    You don't necessarily have admin access on th.

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