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Docker VPN – Instant VPN

Nice and easy way to setup a VPN on any cloud provider in 5 mins.

  1. Create a linux vm, Ubuntu, Redhat or a AWS AMI – your choice! A static IP might be useful for you.
    • Ensure your security group firewall permits the following:
    • tcp=5555
  2. Install docker as a service, something like:
    • yum install docker
    • apt install -y docker
  3. Ensure docker runs as a service on boot (not required for ubuntu)
    • systemctl enable docker
    • systemctl start docker
  4. Set your login details for the VPN
    • export USER=yourusername
    • export PASS=yourpassword
    • export HPW=yourhubpass
    • export SPW=yourserverpass
    • export PSK=yoursecretkey
  5. Start the VPN server:
    •  docker run --restart on-failure -d --name yourvpn -e SPW=$SPW -e HPW=$HPW --cap-add NET_ADMIN -p 5555:5555/tcp -p 500:500/udp -p 4500:4500/udp -e PSK=$PSK -e USERNAME=$USER -e PASSWORD=$PASS harrypod/softethervpn:1
  6. Thats it! FInd your servers external IP and connect.


Whilst the docker container is running, you could extract a config file to prevent the need for handling environment variables:

$ docker cp yourvpn:/usr/vpnserver/vpn_server.config /path/to/vpn_server.config

$ docker run --restart on-failure -d --name yourvpn -v /path/to/vpn_server.config:/usr/vpnserver/vpn_server.config harrypod/softethervpn:1

Other useful commands to help with setting up:

$ docker stop yourvpn; docker rm yourvpn;
$ docker ps -a;
$ docker rm $(docker ps -a -q);  

This method is credited to https://github.com/siomiz/SoftEtherVPN  – i have reviewed code and recompiled the docker image, to ensure it is safe for my own use.