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# Manual PIA VPN Connections
This repository contains documentation on how to create native WireGuard and OpenVPN connections, and also on how to enable Port Forwarding in case you require this feature. You will find a lot of information below. However if you prefer quick test, here is the __TL/DR__:
git clone
cd manual-connections
sudo ./
The scripts were written so that they are easy to read and to modify. The code also has a lot of comments, so that you find all the information you might need. We hope you will enjoy forking the repo and customizing the scripts for your setup!
## Table of Contents
- [Dependencies](#dependencies)
- [Disclaimers](#disclaimers)
- [Confirmed distributions](#confirmed-distributions)
- [3rd Party Repositories](#3rd-party-repositories)
- [PIA Port Forwarding](#pia-port-forwarding)
- [Automated setup](#automated-setup)
- [Manual PF testing](#manual-pf-testing)
- [Thanks](#thanks)
- [License](#license)
## Dependencies
In order for the scripts to work (probably even if you do a manual setup), you will need the following packages:
* `curl`
* `jq`
* (only for WireGuard) `wireguard-tools` (`wg-quick` and `wireguard` kernel module)
* (only for OpenVPN) `openvpn`
## Disclaimers
* Port Forwarding is disabled on server-side in the United States.
* These scripts do not enforce IPv6 or DNS settings, so that you have the freedom to configure your setup the way you desire it to work. This means you should have good understanding of VPN and cybersecurity in order to properly configure your setup.
* For battle-tested security, please use the official PIA App, as it was designed to protect you in all scenarios.
* This repo is really fresh at this moment, so please take into consideration the fact that you will probably be one of the first users that use the scripts.
* Though we support research of open source technologies, we can not provide official support for all FOSS platforms, as there are simply too many platforms (which is a good thing). That is why we link 3rd Party repos in this README. We can not guarantee the quality of the code in the 3rd Party Repos, so use them only if you understand the risks.
## Confirmed Distributions
The functionality of the scripts within this repository has been tested and confirmed on the following operating systems and GNU/Linux distributions:
* Arch
* Artix
* Fedora 32, 33
* FreeBSD 12.1 (tweaks are required)
* Manjaro
* PureOS amber
* Raspberry Pi OS 2020-08-20
* Ubuntu 18.04, 20.04
## 3rd Party Repositories
Some users have created their own repositories for manual connections, based on the information they found within this repository. We can not guarantee the quality of the code found within these 3rd party repos, but we can create a centralized list so it's easy for you to find repos contain scripts to enable PIA services for your system.
| System | Fork | Language | Scope | Repository |
| FreeBSD | Yes | Bash | Compatibility | [glorious1/manual-connections]( |
| Linux | No | Bash | NetworkManager <br> GUI integration | [ThePowerTool/PIA-NetworkManager-GUI-Support]( |
| Linux | No | Python | WireGuard, PF | [milahu/python-piavpn]( |
| Linux | No | Bash | WireGuard, PF,<br/>router and android config | [triffid/pia-wg]( |
| Linux | No | Go | WireGuard via systemd-networkd, PF | [jdelkins/pia-tools]( |
| Linux/FreeBSD/Win | No | Go | WireGuard,<br />config generation | [ddb_db/piawgcli]( |
| OPNsense | No | Python | WireGuard, PF, DIP | [FingerlessGlov3s/OPNsensePIAWireguard]( |
| pfSense | No | Sh | OpenVPN, PF | [fm407/PIA-NextGen-PortForwarding]( |
| pfSense | No | Java/PHP | WireGuard, PF | [ddb_db/pfpiamgr]( |
| Synology | Yes | Bash | Compatibility | [steff2632/manual-connections]( |
| Synology | No | Python | PF | [stmty9/synology]( |
| TrueNAS | No | Bash | PF | [dak180/TrueNAS-Scripts]( |
| UFW | Yes | Bash | Firewall Rules | [iPherian/manual-connections]( |
| Windows | No | PowerShell | Windows comptaibility | [ImjuzCY/pia-posh]( |
| Windows | No | Powershell | OpenVPN, PF | [dougbenham/PIA-OpenVPN-Script]( |
## PIA Port Forwarding
The PIA Port Forwarding service (a.k.a. PF) allows you run services on your own devices, and expose them to the internet by using the PIA VPN Network. The easiest way to set this up is by using a native PIA application. In case you require port forwarding on native clients, please follow this documentation in order to enable port forwarding for your VPN connection.
This service can be used only AFTER establishing a VPN connection.
## Automated Setup
In order to help you use VPN services and PF on any device, we have prepared a few bash scripts that should help you through the process of setting everything up. The scripts also contain a lot of comments, just in case you require detailed information regarding how the technology works. The functionality is controlled via environment variables, so that you have an easy time automating your setup.
The easiest way to trigger a fully automated connection is by running this oneliner:
sudo VPN_PROTOCOL=wireguard DISABLE_IPV6=yes DIP_TOKEN=no AUTOCONNECT=true PIA_PF=false PIA_DNS=true PIA_USER=p0123456 PIA_PASS=xxxxxxxx ./
Here is a list of scripts you could find useful:
* [Prompt based connection]( This script allows connections with a one-line call, or will prompt for any missing or invalid variables. Variables available for one-line calls include:
* `PIA_USER` - your PIA username
* `PIA_PASS` - your PIA password
* `DIP_TOKEN` - your PIA dedicated IP token (can be purchased in the client control panel)
* `PIA_DNS` - true/false
* `PIA_PF` - true/false
* `MAX_LATENCY` - numeric value, in seconds
* `AUTOCONNECT` - true/false; this will test for and select the server with the lowest latency, it will override PREFERRED_REGION
* `PREFERRED_REGION` - the region ID for a PIA server
* `VPN_PROTOCOL` - wireguard or openvpn; openvpn will default to openvpn_udp_standard, but can also specify openvpn_tcp/udp_standad/strong
* `DISABLE_IPV6` - yes/no
* [Get region details]( This script will provide server details, validate `PREFERRED_REGION` input, and can determine the lowest latency location. The script can also trigger VPN connections, if you specify `VPN_PROTOCOL=wireguard` or `VPN_PROTOCOL=openvpn`; doing so requires a token. This script can reference `` with use of `PIA_USER` and `PIA_PASS`. If called without specifying `PREFERRED_REGION` this script writes a list of servers within lower than `MAX_LATENCY` to a `/opt/piavpn-manual/latencyList` for reference.
* [Get a token]( This script allows you to get an authentication token with a valid 'PIA_USER' and 'PIA_PASS'. It will write the token and its expiration date to `/opt/piavpn-manual/token` for reference.
* [Get DIP details]( This script will provide necessary connection details to use a dedicated IP.
* [Connect to WireGuard]( This script allows you to connect to the VPN server via WireGuard.
* [Connect to OpenVPN]( This script allows you to connect to the VPN server via OpenVPN.
* [Enable Port Forwarding]( Enables you to add Port Forwarding to an existing VPN connection. Adding the environment variable