TL;DR: You can follow the steps in the Github repo
In a world of privacy violation, VPNs are a must. For a power user setting up a personal VPN is an easy task however for inexperienced users it's not so trivial.
A full setup guide of Open VPN on Linux Ubuntu is also available at Anonymster where they describe each steps so a beginner can sucessfully proceed to the installation
Along this guide I will walk you through setting up your personal vpn using
docker. For this you will only need a VPS.
First let's install docker on the VPS, this will heavily depends on the VPS's operating system. check the official Installation documentation for OS specific instruction. After that, verify docker installation with:
your version may differ.
|Docker version 1.11.2||build b9f10c9|
Then we need to create a folder in which will be used as volume to the docker configuration container
mkdir ovpn_data export OVPN_DATA="ovpn_data"
And now the docker container which will hold all the configuration files
docker run --name $OVPN_DATA -v /etc/openvpn busybox
|Unable to find image 'busybox:latest' locally|
|latest: Pulling from library/busybox|
|8ddc19f16526: Pull complete|
|Status: Downloaded newer image for busybox:latest|
Then initialize the container with our domain name (or IP address)
docker run --volumes-from $OVPN_DATA --rm kylemanna/openvpn ovpn_genconfig -u udp://chaker.tn docker run --volumes-from $OVPN_DATA --rm -i kylemanna/openvpn ovpn_initpki
|config -u udp://chaker.tn|
|Unable to find image 'kylemanna/openvpn:latest' locally|
|latest: Pulling from kylemanna/openvpn|
|e110a4a17941: Pull complete|
|1dbf65990725: Pull complete|
|13440a42cce9: Pull complete|
|5160ccd02b13: Pull complete|
|Status: Downloaded newer image for kylemanna/openvpn:latest|
|Successfully generated config|
Then you will be asked to enter your a password to generate the certificate
|The Subject's Distinguished Name is as follows|
|commonName :ASN.1 12:'chaker.tn'|
|Certificate is to be certified until Aug 31 01:30:16 2026 GMT (3650 days)|
|Write out database with 1 new entries|
|Data Base Updated|
Start the OpenVPN server, generate the certificate and copy it to the working directory
docker run --volumes-from $OVPN_DATA -d -p 1194:1194/udp --cap-add=NET_ADMIN kylemanna/openvpn docker run --volumes-from $OVPN_DATA --rm -it kylemanna/openvpn easyrsa build-client-full CLIENTNAME nopass docker run --volumes-from $OVPN_DATA --rm kylemanna/openvpn ovpn_getclient CLIENTNAME > CLIENTNAME.ovpn
You will be asked for your passphrase one more time. After finishing those commands copy the config file to your device (in my case I'm using an android device) and start connecting to your own VPN.