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This image is deprecated. We will not offer support for this image and it will not be updated. We recommend our wireguard image instead for vpn:


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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

We utilise the docker manifest for multi-platform awareness. More information is available from docker here and our announcement here.

Simply pulling 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latest DEPRECATED, no longer updated - Stable releases based on ubuntu bionic
xenial DEPRECATED, no longer updated - Stable releases based on ubuntu xenial

Application Setup

The admin interface is available at https://DOCKER-HOST-IP:943/admin (assuming bridge mode) 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.

To ensure your devices can connect to your VPN properly, goto Configuration -> Network Settings -> and change the "Hostname or IP Address" section to either your domain name or public ip address.


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

Compatible with docker-compose v2 schemas.

version: "2.1"
    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

docker cli

docker run -d \
  --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 \


Docker 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.

Ports (-p)

Parameter Function
943 Admin GUI port.
9443 TCP port.
1194/udp UDP port.

Environment Variables (-e)

Env Function
PUID=1000 for UserID - see below for explanation
PGID=1000 for GroupID - see below for explanation
TZ=Europe/London Specify a timezone to use EG Europe/London.
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

Volume Mappings (-v)

Volume Function
/config Where openvpn-as should store configuration files.

Environment variables from files (Docker secrets)

You can set any environment variable from a file by using a special prepend FILE__.

As an example:

-e FILE__PASSWORD=/run/secrets/mysecretpassword

Will set the environment variable PASSWORD based on the contents of the /run/secrets/mysecretpassword file.

Umask for running applications

For all of our images we provide the ability to override the default umask settings for services started within the containers using the optional -e UMASK=022 setting. Keep in mind umask is not chmod it subtracts from permissions based on it's value it does not add. Please read up here before asking for support.

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)

Docker Mods

Docker Mods Docker Universal Mods

We publish various Docker Mods to enable additional functionality within the containers. The list of Mods available for this image (if any) as well as universal mods that can be applied to any one of our images can be accessed via the dynamic badges 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" }}'


  • 15.06.20: - Deprecate.
  • 15.06.20: - Add fixes for 2.9.0.
  • 04.11.20: - xenial tag is deprecated and there will be no further releases for that tag.
  • 22.06.20: - Added Support for persistent Customization Folders.
  • 26.03.20: - Switch to using the openvpn-as repo for packages.
  • 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.