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This document is a WORK IN PROGRESS.
This is just a quick personal cheat sheet: treat its contents with caution!


OpenVPN (Open Virtual Private Network) is software that enables the creation of secure point to point (or site to site) connections.


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A correct kernel config is needed:

$ cd /usr/src/linux
# make nconfig # or `# make menuconfig`

    # OpenVPN requires TUN/TAP support
    # Double check here: <>
    > Device Drivers  --->
    >   [*] Network device support  --->
    >       [*] Network core driver support
    >           <*>   Universal TUN/TAP device driver support


After configuring the kernel don't forget to do a kernel make and rebuild!

# emerge -a net-vpn/openvpn
# pacman -S openvpn
# apt install openvpn




OpenVPN server

The openvpn-install script will let you setup your own OpenVPN server in just a few seconds, with a state-of-the-art security configuration.


This Angristan openvpn-install script is based on the work of the Nyr openvpn-install script. The Angristan's script try to have a enhanced security, but is compatible with recent distributions only. So, if using an old server or client, the Nyr's script is better suited.


  • First, get the script, make it executable and run it:

    $ curl -O
    $ chmod +x
    $ sudo ./

  • Then, follow the assistant and answer a few questions to setup the VPN server.

  • At the end, you will be asked for a client name: enter it (a passwordless client is OK). The associated configuration file will be located in your home directory: $HOME/client-name.ovpn

  • After running openvpn-install for the first time, you can run the script again, and you will get the choice to:

    • Add a client
    • Remove a client
    • Uninstall OpenVPN
  • Optionally, you can disable OpenVPN logs:

    $ sudo vi /etc/openvpn/server.conf # or /etc/openvpn/server/server.conf
        > ...
      ~ > verb 0
        > ...
    $ sudo systemctl restart openvpn-server@server

OpenVPN client

The client should retrieve the .ovpn file, e.g. with scp:

$ scp server-user@ .


  • Run OpenVPN client side, in order to route all internet traffic through the OpenVPN server:

    $ sudo openvpn /path/to/client-name.ovpn

  • Run OpenVPN client side, in order to only route the traffic of some applications through the OpenVPN server: see vpnify.

DNS leak

After setting up your VPN connection for the first time, you might want to check for DNS leaks. In order to do this, Go to or (both perform IPv4 and IPv6 check) with your browser. Only your server IP address should show up (test without and without the VPN), not your client IP address. The DNS servers should be the ones you selected during the setup, not your client IP address nor your ISP's DNS servers' addresses.

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