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Transparent proxy server that works as a poor man's VPN. Forwards over ssh. Doesn't require admin. Works with Linux and MacOS. Supports DNS tunneling.

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sshuttle: where transparent proxy meets VPN meets ssh

As far as I know, sshuttle is the only program that solves the following common case:

  • Your client machine (or router) is Linux, FreeBSD, or MacOS.

  • You have access to a remote network via ssh.

  • You don't necessarily have admin access on the remote network.

  • The remote network has no VPN, or only stupid/complex VPN protocols (IPsec, PPTP, etc). Or maybe you are the admin and you just got frustrated with the awful state of VPN tools.

  • You don't want to create an ssh port forward for every single host/port on the remote network.

  • You hate openssh's port forwarding because it's randomly slow and/or stupid.

  • You can't use openssh's PermitTunnel feature because it's disabled by default on openssh servers; plus it does TCP-over-TCP, which has

    terrible performance

.. _terrible performance:

Obtaining sshuttle

  • Ubuntu 16.04 or later::

    apt-get install sshuttle

  • Debian stretch or later::

    apt-get install sshuttle

  • Arch Linux::

    pacman -S sshuttle

  • Fedora::

    dnf install sshuttle

  • openSUSE::

    zypper in sshuttle

  • Gentoo::

    emerge -av net-proxy/sshuttle

  • NixOS::

    nix-env -iA nixos.sshuttle

  • From PyPI::

    sudo pip install sshuttle

  • Clone::

    git clone cd sshuttle sudo ./ install

  • FreeBSD::

    # ports cd /usr/ports/net/py-sshuttle && make install clean # pkg pkg install py36-sshuttle

  • macOS, via MacPorts::

    sudo port selfupdate sudo port install sshuttle

It is also possible to install into a virtualenv as a non-root user.

  • From PyPI::

    virtualenv -p python3 /tmp/sshuttle . /tmp/sshuttle/bin/activate pip install sshuttle

  • Clone::

    virtualenv -p python3 /tmp/sshuttle . /tmp/sshuttle/bin/activate git clone cd sshuttle ./ install

  • Homebrew::

    brew install sshuttle

  • Nix::

    nix-env -iA nixpkgs.sshuttle


The documentation for the stable version is available at:

The documentation for the latest development version is available at:

Running as a service

Sshuttle can also be run as a service and configured using a config management system:

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