Openconnect helpers

I wrote an openconnect wrapper to help setup a vpn connection to the EPFL network. It can of course also be used to connect to another network. The script setups routing tables and update DNS information on the client.


openconnect-helpers is available both as a Pacman package (x86_64 only), or in source form. For source or Pacman installation, please refer to the Generic download and install instructions.

There is also an Ubuntu package, thanks to Didier Raboud.


There are two scripts: vpn-connect and vpn-disconnect. vpn-connect takes as argument the configuration file you want to use, or it will use /etc/openconnect-helpers/default.conf if no argument is given. Once connected, you can call vpn-disconnect to close the connection and revert the routing table to what it was before.

The configuration file is a simple key-value file. For example:

# VPN server to connect to. This is a mandatory option
# vpnc script program to use. You can either use the one from vpnc, or use the
# ones from
# Username to use when connecting. Leave blank if you want to input it
# interactively everytime or if it isn't relevant
# If you do not want to type in your password everytime, this gives a file where
# your password is stored.
# SHA1 SSL fingerprint of the your vpn server
# Path to SSL certificate of server (or CA having signed the server's
# certificate)
# Additional options that are directly passed to openconnect

The variables are:

  • VPN_SERVER: gives the address of the server you want to connect to. Mandatory.
  • SCRIPT_PROGRAM: script to use to setup DNS and routing table, by default use the one at /etc/vpnc/vpnc-script.
  • USERNAME: The username to connect as.
  • PASSWORD_FILE: Path to a file containing your password, followed by a new line. This must be specified if you do not want to input your password interactively everytime.
  • SERVER_SHA1: The fingerprint of your vpn server's SSL certificate
  • SERVER_CERT: The path to your vpn server's SSL certificate
  • ADDITIONAL_OPTS: Additionnal options that are directly passed to openconnect.