Tinc (protocol)

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Original author(s) Guus Sliepen, Ivo Timmermans, Wessel Dankers
Developer(s) The Tinc development team
Initial release14 November 1998 (1998-11-14)
Stable release
1.0.36 / 26 August 2019;2 years ago (2019-08-26) [1]
Preview release
1.1pre18 / 27 June 2021;12 months ago (2021-06-27) [2]
Written in C
Platform Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, DragonFly BSD, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Solaris, iOS, Android [3]
Type VPN
License GPL
Website www.tinc-vpn.org   OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg

Tinc is an open-source, self-routing, mesh networking protocol and software implementation used for compressed and encrypted virtual private networks. It was started in 1998 by Guus Sliepen, Ivo Timmermans, and Wessel Dankers, and released as a GPL-licensed project.



Tinc is available on Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, DragonFly BSD, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Solaris, iOS (jailbroken only), Android with full support for IPv6. [4]

Future goals

The authors of Tinc have goals of providing a platform that is secure, stable, reliable, scalable, easily configurable, and flexible. [4]

Embedded technologies

Tinc uses OpenSSL or LibreSSL as the encryption library and gives the options of compressing communications with zlib for "best compression" or LZO for "fast compression". [4]

Projects that use tinc

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