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  • regular and timely application updates
  • easy user mappings (PGID, PUID)
  • custom base image with s6 overlay
  • weekly base OS updates with common layers across the entire ecosystem to minimise space usage, down time and bandwidth
  • regular security updates

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Openvpn-as is a full featured secure network tunneling VPN software solution that integrates OpenVPN server capabilities, enterprise management capabilities, simplified OpenVPN Connect UI, and OpenVPN Client software packages that accommodate Windows, MAC, Linux, Android, and iOS environments. OpenVPN Access Server supports a wide range of configurations, including secure and granular remote access to internal network and/ or private cloud network resources and applications with fine-grained access control.


Supported Architectures

Our images support multiple architectures such as x86-64, arm64 and armhf. We utilise the docker manifest for multi-platform awareness. More information is available from docker here and our announcement here.

Simply pulling linuxserver/openvpn-as should retrieve the correct image for your arch, but you can also pull specific arch images via tags.

The architectures supported by this image are:

Architecture Tag
x86-64 latest

Version Tags

This image provides various versions that are available via tags. latest tag usually provides the latest stable version. Others are considered under development and caution must be exercised when using them.

Tag Description
latest Stable releases based on ubuntu bionic
xenial Stable releases based on ubuntu xenial


Here are some example snippets to help you get started creating a container.


docker create \
  --name=openvpn-as \
  --cap-add=NET_ADMIN \
  -e PUID=1000 \
  -e PGID=1000 \
  -e TZ=Europe/London \
  -e INTERFACE=eth0 `#optional` \
  -p 943:943 \
  -p 9443:9443 \
  -p 1194:1194/udp \
  -v <path to data>:/config \
  --restart unless-stopped \


Compatible with docker-compose v2 schemas.

version: "2"
    image: linuxserver/openvpn-as
    container_name: openvpn-as
      - NET_ADMIN
      - PUID=1000
      - PGID=1000
      - TZ=Europe/London
      - INTERFACE=eth0 #optional
      - <path to data>:/config
      - 943:943
      - 9443:9443
      - 1194:1194/udp
    restart: unless-stopped


Container images are configured using parameters passed at runtime (such as those above). These parameters are separated by a colon and indicate <external>:<internal> respectively. For example, -p 8080:80 would expose port 80 from inside the container to be accessible from the host's IP on port 8080 outside the container.

Parameter Function
-p 943 Admin GUI port.
-p 9443 TCP port.
-p 1194/udp UDP port.
-e PUID=1000 for UserID - see below for explanation
-e PGID=1000 for GroupID - see below for explanation
-e TZ=Europe/London Specify a timezone to use EG Europe/London.
-e INTERFACE=eth0 With bridge networking, leave it as eth0 (or don't include at all), if host or macvlan, set it to your host's network interface, found by running ifconfig
-v /config Where openvpn-as should store configuration files.

User / Group Identifiers

When using volumes (-v flags) permissions issues can arise between the host OS and the container, we avoid this issue by allowing you to specify the user PUID and group PGID.

Ensure any volume directories on the host are owned by the same user you specify and any permissions issues will vanish like magic.

In this instance PUID=1000 and PGID=1000, to find yours use id user as below:

  $ id username
    uid=1000(dockeruser) gid=1000(dockergroup) groups=1000(dockergroup)


Application Setup

The admin interface is available at https://<ip>:943/admin with a default user/password of admin/password

During first login, make sure that the "Authentication" in the webui is set to "Local" instead of "PAM". Then set up the user accounts with their passwords (user accounts created under PAM do not survive container update or recreation).

The "admin" account is a system (PAM) account and after container update or recreation, its password reverts back to the default. It is highly recommended to block this user's access for security reasons:

  1. Create another user and set as an admin,
  2. Log in as the new user,
  3. Delete the "admin" user in the gui,
  4. Modify the as.conf file under config/etc and replace the line boot_pam_users.0=admin with #boot_pam_users.0=admin boot_pam_users.0=kjhvkhv (this only has to be done once and will survive container recreation)
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Commenting out the first pam user in as.conf creates issues in 2.7.5. To make it work while still blocking pam user access, uncomment that line and change admin to a random nonexistent user as described above.

Support Info

  • Shell access whilst the container is running: docker exec -it openvpn-as /bin/bash
  • To monitor the logs of the container in realtime: docker logs -f openvpn-as
  • container version number
    • docker inspect -f '{{ index .Config.Labels "build_version" }}' openvpn-as
  • image version number
    • docker inspect -f '{{ index .Config.Labels "build_version" }}' linuxserver/openvpn-as

Updating Info

Most of our images are static, versioned, and require an image update and container recreation to update the app inside. With some exceptions (ie. nextcloud, plex), we do not recommend or support updating apps inside the container. Please consult the Application Setup section above to see if it is recommended for the image.

Below are the instructions for updating containers:

Via Docker Run/Create

  • Update the image: docker pull linuxserver/openvpn-as
  • Stop the running container: docker stop openvpn-as
  • Delete the container: docker rm openvpn-as
  • Recreate a new container with the same docker create parameters as instructed above (if mapped correctly to a host folder, your /config folder and settings will be preserved)
  • Start the new container: docker start openvpn-as
  • You can also remove the old dangling images: docker image prune

Via Docker Compose

  • Update all images: docker-compose pull
    • or update a single image: docker-compose pull openvpn-as
  • Let compose update all containers as necessary: docker-compose up -d
    • or update a single container: docker-compose up -d openvpn-as
  • You can also remove the old dangling images: docker image prune

Via Watchtower auto-updater (especially useful if you don't remember the original parameters)

  • Pull the latest image at its tag and replace it with the same env variables in one run:
    docker run --rm \
    -v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock \
    containrrr/watchtower \
    --run-once openvpn-as

Note: We do not endorse the use of Watchtower as a solution to automated updates of existing Docker containers. In fact we generally discourage automated updates. However, this is a useful tool for one-time manual updates of containers where you have forgotten the original parameters. In the long term, we highly recommend using Docker Compose.

  • You can also remove the old dangling images: docker image prune

Building locally

If you want to make local modifications to these images for development purposes or just to customize the logic:

git clone
cd docker-openvpn-as
docker build \
  --no-cache \
  --pull \
  -t linuxserver/openvpn-as:latest .

The ARM variants can be built on x86_64 hardware using multiarch/qemu-user-static

docker run --rm --privileged multiarch/qemu-user-static:register --reset

Once registered you can define the dockerfile to use with -f Dockerfile.aarch64.


  • 29.08.19: - Update Application Setup instructions in readme to fix 2.7.5 login issue for existing users.
  • 27.08.19: - Add new clients package to install and upgrade process.
  • 22.08.19: - Prevent auto-start of openvpn after first time install, before configuration is completed.
  • 25.07.19: - Create a xenial branch/tag and rebase master/latest to bionic.
  • 07.04.19: - Fix first time config.
  • 03.04.19: - Big rewrite of the install and update logic of openvpn-as to fix breaking changes (should fix updating from 2.6.1 to 2.7.3), added mysql-client for cluster support.
  • 14.03.19: - Update deb package URL.
  • 21.02.19: - Rebase to xenial due to incompatibility issues on some older host OSes.
  • 12.02.19: - Rename github repo to match the docker hub repo and container name.
  • 07.02.19: - Add pipeline logic and multi arch.
  • 31.01.19: - Add port mappings to docker create sample in readme.
  • 26.01.19: - Removed privileged and host networking requirements, added cap-add=NET_ADMIN requirement instead. INTERFACE no longer needs to be defined as in bridge mode, it will use the container's eth0 interface by default.
  • 19.12.18: - Bump to version 2.6.1.
  • 10.07.18: - Bump to version 2.5.2.
  • 23.03.18: - Bump to version 2.5.
  • 14.12.17: - Consolidate layers and fix continuation lines.
  • 25.10.17: - Bump to version 2.1.12.
  • 18.08.17: - Switch default authentication method to local, update readme on how to deactivate the admin user.
  • 31.07.17: - Fix updates of existing openvpn-as installs.
  • 07.07.17: - Bump to version 2.1.9.
  • 31.10.16: - Bump to version 2.1.4.
  • 14.10.16: - Add version layer information.
  • 13.09.16: - Rebuild due to push error to hub on last build.
  • 10.09.16: - Add layer badges to README.
  • 28.08.16: - Add badges to README.
  • 01.08.16: - Rebase to xenial.
  • 18.09.15: - Initial Release.
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