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Set up a VPN in one minute:

dsnet add

The server peer is listening, and a client peer config has been generated and added to the server peer:


More client peers can be added with dsnet add. They can connect immediately after! Don't forget to enable IP forwarding to allow peers to talk to one another.

It works on AMD64 based linux and also ARMv5.

    dsnet [command]

Available Commands:
  add         Add a new peer + sync
  down        Destroy the interface, run pre/post down
  help        Help about any command
  init        Create /etc/dsnetconfig.json containing default configuration + new keys without loading. Edit to taste.
  regenerate  Regenerate keys and config for peer
  remove      Remove a peer by hostname provided as argument + sync
  report      Generate a JSON status report to stdout
  sync        Update wireguard configuration from /etc/dsnetconfig.json after validating
  up          Create the interface, run pre/post up, sync
  version     Print version

  -h, --help            help for this command
      --output string   config file format: vyatta/wg-quick/nixos (default "wg-quick")

Use "dsnet [command] --help" for more information about a command.

Quick start (AMD64 linux) -- install wireguard, then, after making sure /usr/local/bin is in your path:

sudo wget -O /usr/local/bin/dsnet
sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/dsnet
sudo dsnet init
# edit /etc/dsnetconfig.json to taste
sudo dsnet up
sudo dsnet add banana > dsnet-banana.conf
sudo dsnet add apple > dsnet-apple.conf
# enable IP forwarding to allow peers to talk to one another
sudo sysctl -w net.ipv4.ip_forward=1   # edit /etc/sysctl.conf to make this persistent across reboots

Copy the generated configuration file to your device and connect!

To send configurations, here are a few suggestions.

  • ffsend, the most straightforward option;
  • magic wormhole, a more advanced option, where the file never passes through another server;
  • wormhole-william, a Go implementation of the above.

For the above options, one should transfer the password separately.

A local QR code generator, such as the popular qrencode may also be used to generate a QR code of the configuration. For instance: dsnet add | qrencode -t ansiutf8. This works because the dsnet prompts are on STDERR and not passed to qrencode.

The peer private key is generated on the server, which is technically not as secure as generating it on the client peer and then providing the server the public key; there is provision to specify a public key in the code when adding a peer to avoid the server generating the private key. The feature will be added when requested.

Note that named arguments can be specified on the command line as well as entered by prompt; this allows for unattended usage.


Dsnet does not include or require a GUI, however there is now a separate official monitoring GUI:

Configuration overview

The configuration is a single JSON file. Beyond possible initial customisations, the file is managed entirely by dsnet.

dsnetconfig.json is the only file the server needs to run the VPN. It contains the server keys, peer public/shared keys and IP settings. A working version is automatically generated by dsnet init which can be modified as required.

Currently its location is fixed as all my deployments are for a single network. I may add a feature to allow setting of the location via environment variable in the future to support multiple networks on a single host.

Main (automatically generated) configuration example:

    "ExternalHostname": "",
    "ExternalIP": "",
    "ExternalIP6": "2001:0db8:85a3:0000:0000:8a2e:0370:7334",
    "ListenPort": 51820,
    "Domain": "dsnet",
    "InterfaceName": "dsnet",
    "Network": "",
    "Network6": "fd00:7b31:106a:ae00::/64",
    "IP": "",
    "IP6": "fd00:d631:74ca:7b00:a28:11a1:b821:f013",
    "DNS": "",
    "Networks": [],
    "PrivateKey": "uC+xz3v1mfjWBHepwiCgAmPebZcY+EdhaHAvqX2r7U8=",
    "PostUp": "",
    "PostDown" "",
    "Peers": [
            "Hostname": "test",
            "Owner": "naggie",
            "Description": "Home server",
            "IP": "",
            "IP6": "fd00:7b31:106a:ae00:44c3:29c3:53b1:a6f9",
            "Added": "2020-05-07T10:04:46.336286992+01:00",
            "Networks": [],
            "PublicKey": "altJeQ/V52JZQrGcA9RiKcpZusYU6zMUJhl7Wbd9rX0=",
            "PresharedKey": "GcUtlze0BMuxo3iVEjpOahKdTf8xVfF8hDW3Ylw5az0="

See for an explanation of each field.

Report file overview

An example report file, generated by dsnet report. Suggested location: /var/lib/dsnetreport.json:

    "ExternalIP": "",
    "InterfaceName": "dsnet",
    "ListenPort": 51820,
    "Domain": "dsnet",
    "IP": "",
    "Network": "",
    "DNS": "",
    "PeersOnline": 4,
    "PeersTotal": 13,
    "ReceiveBytes": 32517164,
    "TransmitBytes": 85384984,
    "ReceiveBytesSI": "32.5 MB",
    "TransmitBytesSI": "85.4 MB",
    "Peers": [
            "Hostname": "test",
            "Owner": "naggie",
            "Description": "Home server",
            "Online": false,
            "Dormant": true,
            "Added": "2020-03-12T20:15:42.798800741Z",
            "IP": "",
            "ExternalIP": "",
            "Networks": [],
            "Added": "2020-05-07T10:04:46.336286992+01:00",
            "ReceiveBytes": 32517164,
            "TransmitBytes": 85384984,
            "ReceiveBytesSI": "32.5 MB",
            "TransmitBytesSI": "85.4 MB"


Fields mean the same as they do above, or are self explanatory. Note that some data is converted into human readable formats in addition to machine formats -- this is technically redundant but useful with Hugo shortcodes and other site generators.

The report can be converted, for instance, into a HTML table as below:

dsnet report table

See etc/ for hugo and PHP code for rendering a similar table.

Generating other config files

dsnet currently supports the generation of a wg-quick configuration by default. It can also generate VyOS/Vyatta configuration for EdgeOS/Unifi devices such as the Edgerouter 4 using the wireguard-vyatta package, as well as configuration for NixOS, ready to be added to configuration.nix environment definition. MikroTik RouterOS support is also available.

To change the config file format, set the following environment variables:

  • DSNET_OUTPUT=vyatta
  • DSNET_OUTPUT=wg-quick
  • DSNET_OUTPUT=nixos
  • DSNET_OUTPUT=routeros

Example vyatta output:

set interfaces wireguard wg23 address
set interfaces wireguard wg23 address fd00:7b31:106a:ae00:f7bb:bf31:201f:60ab/64
set interfaces wireguard wg23 route-allowed-ips true
set interfaces wireguard wg23 private-key cAtj1tbjGGmVoxdY78q9Sv0EgNlawbzffGWjajQkLFw=
set interfaces wireguard wg23 description dsnet

set interfaces wireguard wg23 peer PjxQM7OwVYvOJfORA1EluLw8CchSu7jLq92YYJi5ohY= endpoint
set interfaces wireguard wg23 peer PjxQM7OwVYvOJfORA1EluLw8CchSu7jLq92YYJi5ohY= persistent-keepalive 25
set interfaces wireguard wg23 peer PjxQM7OwVYvOJfORA1EluLw8CchSu7jLq92YYJi5ohY= preshared-key w1FtOKoMEdnhsjREtSvpg1CHEKFzFzJWaQYZwaUCV38=
set interfaces wireguard wg23 peer PjxQM7OwVYvOJfORA1EluLw8CchSu7jLq92YYJi5ohY= allowed-ips
set interfaces wireguard wg23 peer PjxQM7OwVYvOJfORA1EluLw8CchSu7jLq92YYJi5ohY= allowed-ips fd00:7b31:106a:ae00::/64
commit; save

The interface (in this case wg23) is deterministically chosen in the range wg0-wg999. This is such that you can use multiple dsnet configurations and the interface numbers will (probably) be different. The interface number is arbitrary, so if it is already assigned replace it with a number of your choice.

Example NixOS output:

networking.wireguard.interfaces = {
  dsnet = {
    ips = [
    privateKey = "2PvML6bsmTCK+cBxpV9SfF261fsH6gICixtppfG6KFc=";
    peers = [
        publicKey = "zCDo5yn7Muy3mPBXtarwm5S7JjNKM0IdIdGqoreWmSA=";
        presharedKey = "5Fa8Zc8gIkpfBPJUJn5OEVuE00iqmXnS34v4evv1MUM=";
        allowedIPs = [
        endpoint = "";
        persistentKeepalive = 25;

Example MikroTik RouterOS output:

/interface wireguard
add name=wg0 private-key="CDWdi0IcMZgla1hCYI41JejjuFaPCle+vPBxvX5OvVE=";
/interface list member
add interface=wg0 list=LAN
/ip address
add address= interface=wg0
/ipv6 address
add address=fd00:1965:946d:5000:5a88:878d:dc0:c777/64 advertise=no eui-64=no no-dad=no interface=wg0
/interface wireguard peers
add interface=wg0 \
    public-key="iE7dleTu34JOCC4A8xdIZcnbNE+aoji8i1JpP+gdt0M=" \
    preshared-key="Ch0BdZ6Um29D34awlWBSNa+cz1wGOUuHshjYIyqKxGU=" \
    endpoint-address= \
    endpoint-port=51820 \
    persistent-keepalive=25s \


Does dsnet support IPv6?

Yes! By default since version 0.2, a random ULA subnet is generated with a 0 subnet ID. Peers are allocated random addresses when added. Existing IPv4 configs will not be updated -- add a Network6 subnet to the existing config to allocate addresses to new peers.

Like IPv4, it's up to you if you want to provide NAT IPv6 access to the internet; alternatively (and preferably) you can allocate a a real IPv6 subnet such that all peers have a real globally routeable IPv6 address.

Upon initialisation, the server IPv4 and IPv6 external IP addresses are discovered on a best-effort basis. Clients will have configuration configured for the server IPv4 preferentially. If not IPv4 is configured, IPv6 is used; this is to give the best chance of the VPN working regardless of the dodgy network you're on.

Is dsnet production ready?

Absolutely, it's just a configuration generator so your VPN does not depend on dsnet after adding peers. I use it in production at 2 companies so far.

Note that before version 1.0, the config file schema may change. Changes will be made clear in release notes.

Client private keys are generated on the server. Can I avoid this?

Allowing generation of the pub/priv keypair on the client is not yet supported, but will be soon as provision exists within the code base. Note that whilst client peer private keys are generated on the server, they are never stored.

How do I get dsnet to bring the (server) interface up on startup?

Assuming you're running a systemd powered linux distribution (most of them are):

  1. Copy etc/dsnet.service to /etc/systemd/system/
  2. Run sudo systemctl daemon-reload to get systemd to see it
  3. Then run sudo systemctl enable dsnet to enable it at boot

How can I generate the report periodically?

Either with cron or a systemd timer. Cron is easiest:

echo '* * * * * root /usr/local/bin/dsnet report | sudo tee /etc/cron.d/dsnetreport'

Note that whilst report generation requires root, consuming the report does not as it's just a world-readable file. This is important for web interfaces that need to be secure.

This is also why dsnet loads its configuration from a file -- it's possible to set permissions such that dsnet synchronises the config generated by a non-root user. Combined with a periodic dsnet sync like above, it's possible to build a secure web interface that does not require root. A web interface is currently being created by a friend; it will not be part of dstask, rather a separate project.

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