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#39 in Network programming
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VpnCloud is a high performance peer-to-peer mesh VPN over UDP supporting strong encryption, NAT traversal and a simple configuration. It establishes a fully-meshed self-healing VPN network in a peer-to-peer manner with strong end-to-end encryption based on elliptic curve keys and AES-256. VpnCloud creates a virtual network interface on the host and forwards all received data via UDP to the destination. It can work on TUN devices (IP based) and TAP devices (Ethernet based).
$> vpncloud -c REMOTE_HOST:PORT -p 'mypassword' --ip 10.0.0.1/24
or as config file:
crypto: password: mysecret ip: 10.0.0.1 peers: - REMOTE_HOST:PORT
This project is still under development but has reached a somewhat stable state. VpnCloud features the following functionality:
- Automatic peer-to-peer meshing, no central servers
- Automatic reconnecting when connections are lost
- Connecting hundreds of nodes with the VPN
- High throughput and low additional latency (see performance page)
- Creating virtual network interfaces based on Ethernet (TAP) and IP (TUN)
- Strong end-to-end encryption using Curve25519 key pairs and AES methods
- Support for different forwarding/routing behaviors (Hub, Switch, Router)
- NAT and firewall traversal using hole punching
- Automatic port forwarding via UPnP
- Websocket proxy mode for restrictive environments
- Support for tunneled VLans (TAP devices)
- Support for publishing beacons to help nodes find each others
- Support for statsd monitoring
- Low memory footprint
- Single binary, no dependencies, no kernel module
Prerequisites: Git, Cargo, asciidoctor
The checked-out code can be compiled with
cargo build or
cargo build --release (release version). The binary could then be found in
The tests can be run via
Please see the builder folder.
There are several areas in which still some work has to be done and where contributions are very welcome:
- Linux packages: VpnCloud is stable enough to be packaged for Linux distributions. Maintainers who want to package VpnCloud are very welcome.
- Help with other platforms: If you are a Rust developer with experience on Windows or MacOS your help on porting VpnCloud to those platforms is very welcome.
- Security review: The security has been implemented with strong security primitives but it would be great if a cryptography expert could verify the system.
- Feedback on use cases: Some feedback on how VpnCloud is being used and maybe some tutorials covering common use cases would be nice.
This project uses semantic versioning.