:hatching_chick: New release! NetBird Easy SSH.
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NetBird is an open-source VPN management platform built on top of WireGuard® making it easy to create secure private networks for your organization or home.
It requires zero configuration effort leaving behind the hassle of opening ports, complex firewall rules, VPN gateways, and so forth.
NetBird creates an overlay peer-to-peer network connecting machines automatically regardless of their location (home, office, datacenter, container, cloud or edge environments) unifying virtual private network management experience.
- [x] Automatic IP allocation and network management with a Web UI (separate repo)
- [x] Automatic WireGuard peer (machine) discovery and configuration.
- [x] Encrypted peer-to-peer connections without a central VPN gateway.
- [x] Connection relay fallback in case a peer-to-peer connection is not possible.
- [x] Desktop client applications for Linux, MacOS, and Windows (systray).
- [x] Multiuser support - sharing network between multiple users.
- [x] SSO and MFA support.
- [x] Multicloud and hybrid-cloud support.
- [x] Kernel WireGuard usage when possible.
- [x] Access Controls - groups & rules.
- [x] Remote SSH access without managing SSH keys.
- [x] Network Routes.
- [ ] Private DNS.
- [ ] Mobile clients.
- [ ] Network Activity Monitoring.
Secure peer-to-peer VPN with SSO and MFA in minutes
main branch may be in an unstable or even broken state during development.
For stable versions, see releases.
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A bit on NetBird internals
- Every machine in the network runs NetBird Agent (or Client) that manages WireGuard.
- Every agent connects to Management Service that holds network state, manages peer IPs, and distributes network updates to agents (peers).
- NetBird agent uses WebRTC ICE implemented in pion/ice library to discover connection candidates when establishing a peer-to-peer connection between machines.
- Connection candidates are discovered with a help of STUN servers.
- Agents negotiate a connection through Signal Service passing p2p encrypted messages with candidates.
- Sometimes the NAT traversal is unsuccessful due to strict NATs (e.g. mobile carrier-grade NAT) and p2p connection isn't possible. When this occurs the system falls back to a relay server called TURN, and a secure WireGuard tunnel is established via the TURN server.
Coturn is the one that has been successfully used for STUN and TURN in NetBird setups.
See a complete architecture overview for details.
We use open-source technologies like WireGuard®, Pion ICE (WebRTC), and Coturn. We very much appreciate the work these guys are doing and we'd greatly appreciate if you could support them in any way (e.g. giving a star or a contribution).
WireGuard is a registered trademark of Jason A. Donenfeld.