Install Softether VPN Client on Linux

Download and Install SoftEther VPN Client

Download SoftEther VPN Client software from their official website (

Navigate to Download — > Download SoftEther VPN

Click on Download SoftEther VPN link.

  • Select Component : SoftEther VPN Client
  • Select Platform : Linux
  • Select CPU : Select the appropriate CPU from the Drop down

  • Click on the appropriate downloading link based on the version of the software.
  • Extract the downloaded tar.gz file. Here after I will refer the extracted folder as <vpnclient>
  • Navigate to <vpnclient>folder and open a terminal.
  • Execute make command and accept all license agreements by entering the number relevant to “Yes”. execute make command

After the completion of make command process, start the vpn client using:

sudo ./vpnclient start

Then you will get the following message.

vpn client successfully started

  • Before going to the configuration part please test the VPN client installation.
  • Execute ./vpncmd and select No 3 to enter to Use of VPN Tools (certificate creation and Network Traffic Speed Test Tool) option.
  • Then run check command.
  • If all tests are passed, you are good to go.

  • check vpn client installation
  • Press Ctrl+C to terminate that process.

Configure SoftEther VPN Client

  • Execute ./vpncmd on a terminal opened inside the <vpnclient> folder.
  • Select 2 to enter to the Management of VPN Client option.
  • Press Enter when you are asked for Hostname of IP Address of Destination Then you will connect to the localhost .

Create a virtual interface to connect to the VPN server. eg : NicCreate vpn_se

NicCreate <name for virtual interface>

Create an VPN client account using the following command. In this case : AccountCreate CITeS

AccountCreate <name>

Then setup the account with your details.

Destination VPN Server Host Name and Port Number:<VPN IP address>:<SoftEther VPN Port>Destination Virtual Hub Name: <Hub Name>
Connecting User Name: <Username of LMS, Moodle, UoM_Wireless, UoM Email>
Used Virtual Network Adapter Name: <Created virtual interface’s name>
Specifically, Destination VPN Server Host Name and Port
Destination Virtual Hub Name: <Enter the appropriate one according to the following drop down>
Connecting User Name: <Username of LMS/ Moodle/ UoM_Wireless/ UoM Email>
Used Virtual Network Adapter Name: vpn_se (earlier created one)

You will get The command completed successfully message if you do it correctly.

Setup a password to the created account.

AccountPassword <account name>

Set a password and confirm it. SPECIALLY, for CITeS account you should give LMS/ Moodle/ UoM_Wireless/ UoM Email password For Specify standard or radius: input give radius

Now you can connect to the SoftEther VPN clinet account through the created account. For that issue: In this example: AccountConnect CITeS

AccountConnect <account name>
Issue the command AccountList and check the connectivity. If you get Connected status it is good to to for the next step. Account details

Add Route to the Routing Table. 

cat /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward

to check whether ip forward is enabled in your system.

If you get “1” go to step 2 .

If you get “0” , Navigate to /etc/sysctl.conf file and uncomment net.ipv4.ip_forward=1 line. Open a terminal and issue the command sysctl -p. Then check whether you get “1” for the first step.

Open a terminal and issue the command sudo ifconfig . Now you should see the virtual network adapter you created earlier. But you do not have an ip address for it.

Issue the command sudo dhclient <virtual_network_adapter_name>

According to the above example : sudo dhclient <vpn_vpn_se>

After few moments you will get an ip address from the VPN Server.

Then issue sudo netstat -rn command to see the routing table. You need to add a static route here.

sudo ip route add <gateway of the ip range of your virtual network 
adapter>/<subnetmask> via <ip you got for the virtual 
network adapter>

Except for the last route adding step all of the above steps are one-time work. Now you should be able to connect to the required server through the VPN Client. 



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