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Simple web UI to manage OpenVPN users, their certificates & routes in Linux. While backend is written in Go, frontend is based on Vue.js.

Originally created in Flant for internal needs & used for years, then updated to be more modern and publicly released in March'21. Your contributions are welcome!

DISCLAIMER! This project was created for experienced users (system administrators) and private (e.g., protected by network policies) environments only. Thus, it is not implemented with security in mind (e.g., it doesn't strictly check all parameters passed by users, etc.). It also relies heavily on files and fails if required files aren't available.


  • Adding OpenVPN users (generating certificates for them);
  • Revoking/restoring users certificates;
  • Generating ready-to-user config files;
  • Providing metrics for Prometheus, including certificates expiration date, number of (connected/total) users, information about connected users;
  • (optionally) Specifying CCD (client-config-dir) for each user;
  • (optionally) Operating in a master/slave mode (syncing certs & CCD with other server);
  • (optionally) Specifying/changing password for additional authorization in OpenVPN;
  • (optionally) Specifying the Kubernetes LoadBalancer if it's used in front of the OpenVPN server (to get an automatically defined remote in the client.conf.tpl template).


Managing users in ovpn-admin: ovpn-admin UI

An example of dashboard made using ovpn-admin metrics: ovpn-admin metrics



This tool uses external calls for bash, coreutils and easy-rsa, thus Linux systems only are supported at the moment.

1. Docker

There is a ready-to-use docker-compose.yaml, so you can just change/add values you need and start it with start.sh.

Requirements. You need Docker and docker-compose installed.

Commands to execute:

git clone https://github.com/flant/ovpn-admin.git
cd ovpn-admin

2. Building from source

Requirements. You need Linux with the following components installed:

Commands to execute:

git clone https://github.com/flant/ovpn-admin.git
cd ovpn-admin

(Please don't forget to configure all needed params in advance.)

3. Prebuilt binary (WIP)

You can also download and use prebuilt binaries from the releases page — just choose a relevant tar.gz file.

To use password authentication (the --auth flag) you have to install openvpn-user. This tool should be available in your $PATH and its binary should be executable (+x).


usage: ovpn-admin [<flags>]

  --help                       show context-sensitive help (try also --help-long and --help-man)

  --listen.host=""      host for ovpn-admin

  --listen.port="8080"         port for ovpn-admin

  --role="master"              server role, master or slave
  (or $OVPN_ROLE)

  (or $OVPN_MASTER_HOST)       URL for the master server

  --master.basic-auth.user=""  user for master server's Basic Auth
  (or $OVPN_MASTER_PASSWORD)   password for master server's Basic Auth

  --master.sync-frequency=600  master host data sync frequency in seconds

  --master.sync-token=TOKEN    master host data sync security token

  (or $OVPN_NETWORK)           NETWORK/MASK_PREFIX for OpenVPN server

  --ovpn.server=HOST:PORT:PROTOCOL ...  
  (or $OVPN_SERVER)            HOST:PORT:PROTOCOL for OpenVPN server
                               can have multiple values

  --ovpn.server.behindLB       enable if your OpenVPN server is behind Kubernetes
  (or $OVPN_LB)                Service having the LoadBalancer type

  (or $OVPN_LB_SERVICE)        the name of Kubernetes Service having the LoadBalancer
                               type if your OpenVPN server is behind it

  --mgmt=main= ...  
  (or $OVPN_MGMT)              ALIAS=HOST:PORT for OpenVPN server mgmt interface;
                               can have multiple values

  --metrics.path="/metrics"    URL path for exposing collected metrics

  --easyrsa.path="./easyrsa/"  path to easyrsa dir

  (or $OVPN_INDEX_PATH)        path to easyrsa index file

  --ccd                        enable client-config-dir
  (or $OVPN_CCD)

  --ccd.path="./ccd"           path to client-config-dir

  (or $OVPN_TEMPLATES_CC_PATH) path to custom client.conf.tpl

  --templates.ccd-path=""      path to custom ccd.tpl

  --auth.password              enable additional password authorization
  (or $OVPN_AUTH)

  (or $OVPN_AUTH_DB_PATH)      database path for password authorization

  --debug                      enable debug mode
  (or $OVPN_DEBUG)

  --verbose                    enable verbose mode
  --version                    show application version

Further information

Please feel free to use issues and discussions to get help from maintainers & community.