Small Rack (Ruby) application serving OpenVPN status file
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README.md

openvpn-status-web

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Description

Small (another word for naive in this case, it's simple and serves my needs) Rack application providing the information an OpenVPN server collects in it's status file especially including a list of currently connected clients (common name, remote address, traffic, ...).

It lacks:

  • caching (parses file on each request, page does auto-refresh every minute as OpenVPN updates the status file these often by default)
  • management interface support
  • possibly more...

Usage

Install the gem:

gem install openvpn-status-web

Create a configuration file in YAML format somewhere:

# listen address and port
host: "0.0.0.0"
port: "8080"
# optional: drop priviliges in case you want to but you should give this user at least read access on the log files
user: "nobody"
group: "nogroup"
# logfile is optional, logs to STDOUT else
logfile: "openvpn-status-web.log"
# hash with each VPNs display name for humans as key and further config as value
vpns:
  My Small VPN:
    # the status file path and status file format version are required
    version: 1
    status_file: "/var/log/openvpn-status.log"
  My Other VPN:
    version: 3
    status_file: "/var/log/other-openvpn-status.log"

Your OpenVPN configuration should contain something like this:

# ...snip...
status /var/log/openvpn-status.log
status-version 1
# ...snip...

For more information about OpenVPN status file and version, see their man page. openvpn-status-web is able to parse all versions from 1 to 3.

Advanced topics

Authentication

If the information exposed is important to you serve it via the VPN or use a webserver as a proxy to handle SSL and/or HTTP authentication.

Startup

There is a Dockerfile that can be used to build a Docker image for running openvpn-status-web.

The Debian 6 init script assumes that openvpn-status-web is installed into the system ruby (no RVM support) and the config.yaml is at /opt/openvpn-status-web/config.yaml. Modify to your needs.

License

openvpn-status-web is licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0. See LICENSE for more information.