What is FreeLAN?
A peer-to-peer, secure, easy-to-setup, multi-platform, open-source, highly-configurable VPN software.
FreeLAN is available on Windows, Mac OSX and Linux (Debian-based distributions). Check the official website for installers.
If your platform is not officially supported, dot not despair and try to build-it yourself ! Check the build instructions for details on how to do that.
FreeLAN can be configured to support any network topology, be it a traditional client-server structure or a full-mesh one. The emulated network can operate at the Ethernet or at the IPv4/IPv6 levels. Security can be achieved through the use of certificates or via a simple shared passphrase.
For instance, creating a simple VPN node can be done with:
freelan --security.passphrase "my secret"
This will start a VPN node, listening for connections on all interfaces on the port UDP:12000. The node will pick the default 22.214.171.124 IPv4 address inside the emulated network.
To connect to another node, just specify the
fscp.contact option, like so:
freelan --security.passphrase "my secret" --fscp.contact 126.96.36.199:12000
Each node should have a different virtual IP address: you can specify the IPv4 address to use with the
tap_adapter.ipv4_address_prefix_length option, like so:
freelan --security.passphrase "my secret" --tap_adapter.ipv4_address_prefix_length 188.8.131.52/24
Check out the configuration file for details !
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a graphical interface ?
A graphical user interface is planned but nothing is made public yet. You will just have to be patient :)
Can I use FreeLAN to access forbidden websites/websites in other countries with restrictions ?
FreeLAN is not a service, it's a software. You can configure it to reach that goal easily, but you'll need an exit-point (a server, a friendly-computer at the right location) on which you can run FreeLAN too. It will always take a minimum of 2 nodes to create a VPN network.
You like FreeLAN and you would like to show your support and help development of next releases ? Check out the donate page !
Check the contributions guidelines.
Check the packaging instructions.