tinc is a Virtual Private Network (VPN) daemon that uses tunnelling and encryption to create a secure private network between hosts on the Internet. tinc is Free Software and licensed under the GNU General Public License version 2 or later. Because the VPN appears to the IP level network code as a normal network device, there is no need to adapt any existing software. This allows VPN sites to share information with each other over the Internet without exposing any information to others.
tinc alternatives and similar tools
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Algo VPN9.5 4.8 tinc VS Algo VPNSet up a personal VPN in the cloud
SoftEther8.7 9.0 L2 tinc VS SoftEtherCross-platform multi-protocol VPN software. Pull requests are welcome. The stable version is available at https://github.com/SoftEtherVPN/SoftEtherVPN_Stable.
OpenVPN8.6 9.7 L2 tinc VS OpenVPNOpenVPN is an open source VPN daemon
Nebula8.4 6.7 tinc VS NebulaA scalable overlay networking tool with a focus on performance, simplicity and security
Headscale8.3 9.3 tinc VS HeadscaleAn open source, self-hosted implementation of the Tailscale control server
sshuttle8.2 0.0 L3 tinc VS sshuttleWrong project! You should head over to http://github.com/sshuttle/sshuttle
Netmaker7.5 9.6 tinc VS NetmakerNetmaker makes networks with WireGuard. Netmaker automates fast, secure, and distributed virtual networks.
Pritunl7.0 9.7 L2 tinc VS PritunlEnterprise VPN server
Firezone6.7 9.4 tinc VS FirezoneOpen-source VPN server and egress firewall for Linux built on WireGuard. Firezone is easy to set up (all dependencies are bundled thanks to Chef Omnibus), secure, performant, and self hostable.
ocserv2.1 7.8 L2 tinc VS ocservCisco AnyConnect-compatible VPN server
strongSwanComplete IPsec implementation for Linux.
WireGuardVery fast VPN based on elliptic curve and public key crypto. Linux only (2017); other clients in development.
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Tinc is a peer-to-peer VPN daemon that supports VPNs with an arbitrary number of nodes. Instead of configuring tunnels, you give tinc the location and public key of a few nodes in the VPN. After making the initial connections to those nodes, tinc will learn about all other nodes on the VPN, and will make connections automatically. When direct connections are not possible, data will be forwarded by intermediate nodes.
Tinc can operate in several routing modes. In the default mode, "router", every node is associated with one or more IPv4 and/or IPv6 Subnets. The other two modes, "switch" and "hub", let the tinc daemons work together to form a virtual Ethernet network switch or hub.
This is a pre-release
Please note that this is NOT a stable release. Until version 1.1.0 is released, please use one of the 1.0.x versions if you need a stable version of tinc.
Although tinc 1.1 will be protocol compatible with tinc 1.0.x, the functionality of the tinc program may still change, and the control socket protocol is not fixed yet.
See [QUICKSTART.md](QUICKSTART.md) for a quick guide to get tinc up and running. Read the manual for more detailed information.
From your distribution
Many operating system distributions have packaged tinc. Check your package manager first.
You can download pre-built binary packages for multiple Linux distributions and Windows here:
Note that these packages have not been heavily tested and are not officially supported by the project. Use them at your own risk. You are advised to use tinc shipped by your distribution, or build from source.
Build it from source
See the file [INSTALL.md](INSTALL.md) for instructions of how to build and install tinc from source.
tinc is Copyright © 1998-2022 Ivo Timmermans, Guus Sliepen [email protected], and others.
For a complete list of authors see the [AUTHORS](AUTHORS) file.
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. See the file COPYING for more details.
*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the tinc README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.