Script to Create On Demand OpenVPN Endpoints on AWS.
Shell Python


Script that allows the easy creation of OpenVPN endpoints in any AWS region. To create a VPN endpoint is done with a single command takes ~3 minutes. It will create a VPC with proper security groups. It spins up a tagged ec2 instance and configures OpenVPN software. Once instance is configured an OpenVPN configuration file is downloaded and ready to use. There is also functionality to see which instances are running in which region and ability to terminate the instance when done. Additional functionality includes specifying instance type, generate ssh keypairs, specify custom ami, change login user and more to come.


Use Case

  • Create on demand OpenVPN Endpoints in AWS that can easily be destroyed after done only pay for what you use.


  1. Install boto by running:
    pip install boto
  2. Install paramiko by running:
    pip install paramiko
  3. Ensure that you have an AWS .credentials file by running:
    vi ~/.aws/credentials
    Then type in the following and add your keys (remove parenthesis):
    aws_access_key_id = (your_access_key_here)
    aws_secret_access_key = (your_secret_key_here)
  4. Install OpenVPN client (if needed)


  1. Ensure dependencies are all installed.
  2. Clone repo to system.
    git clone
  3. Execute autovpn with -C -k and -r options to deploy to AWS:
    ./autovpn -C -r us-east-1 -k us-east-1_vpnkey
  4. OpenVPN config files are downloaded to current working directory.
  5. Import the OpenVPN config file and connect:
    sudo openvpn us-east-1_aws_vpn.ovpn

   autovpn - On Demand AWS OpenVPN Endpoint Deployment Tool.AWS OpenVPN Deployment Tool.
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        ACTION   [OPTIONS]
       -C    Create VPN endpoint.
       -D    Delete keypair from region.
       -G    Generate new keypair.
       -S    Get all running instances in a given region.
       -T    Terminate a OpenVPN endpoint.
       -a    Specify custom ami.*
       -h    Displays this message.
       -i    AWS Instance type (Optional, Default is t2.micro)
             t2.nano t2.micro t2.small t2.medium t2.large.**
       -k    Specify the name of AWS keypair (Required)
       -m    Allow multiple connections to same endpoint.
       -r    Specify AWS Region (Required)
             us-east-1 us-west-1 us-east-2 us-west-2 eu-west-1 eu-west-2 
             eu-central-1 ap-southeast-1 ap-northeast-1 ap-northeast-2 
             ap-southeast-2 sa-east-1 ca-central-1
       -u    Specify custom ssh user.***
       -y    Skip confirmations
       -z    Specify instance id.
  Create OpenVPN endpoint:
    autovpn -C -r us-east-1 -k us-east-1_vpnkey
  Generate keypair in a region.
    autovpn -G -r us-east-1
  Get running instances
    autovpn -S -r us-east-1
  Terminate OpenVPN endpoint
    autovpn -T -r us-east-1 -z i-b933e00c
  Using custom options
    autovpn -C -r us-east-1 -k us-east-1_vpnkey -a ami-fce3c696 -u ec2_user -i m3.medium
        * - Custom AMI may be needed if changing instance type.
        ** - Any instance size can be given but the t2.micro is more than enough.
        *** - Custom user might be need if using a custom ami.
        **** - AWS IAM user must have EC2 or Administrator permissions set.


  • Continue to update documentation
  • Add deletion of VPC if it is no longer in use.
  • Add ability to specify custom port
  • Add ability to create more client configs for one endpoint.
  • Pull Requests are welcome.