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What is it?

Gluetun is a VPN client in a thin Docker container for multiple VPN providers, written in Go, and using OpenVPN or Wireguard, DNS over TLS, with a few proxy servers built-in.

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1. Configuration

The Gluetun role is configured via the inventory system. It is recommended to review the upstream documentation for your VPN provider to determine the proper configuration. The following variables are available to set and correspond to the similarly named Docker envs.

gluetun_vpn_service_provider: ""
gluetun_vpn_type: ""
gluetun_openvpn_custom_config: ""
gluetun_openvpn_user: ""
gluetun_openvpn_password: ""
gluetun_openvpn_key_passphrase: ""
gluetun_vpn_endpoint_ip: ""
gluetun_vpn_endpoint_port: ""
gluetun_wireguard_public_key: ""
gluetun_wireguard_private_key: ""
gluetun_wireguard_preshared_key: ""
gluetun_wireguard_addresses: ""
gluetun_server_countries: ""
gluetun_server_cities: ""
gluetun_server_hostnames: ""
gluetun_server_names: ""
gluetun_server_regions: ""
gluetun_firewall_vpn_input_ports: ""
gluetun_firewall_input_ports: ""
gluetun_firewall_outbound_subnets: ""


Any values which are entirely numeric or contain special characters should be wrapped in quotes:

gluetun_openvpn_user: "ePWh!Y^fs6p%B*6S"
gluetun_openvpn_password: "qA5V6&#ASx4DY8qG"
gluetun_vpn_endpoint_port: "12345"

Generally speaking it's safest to just wrap everything in quotes rather than worrying about what needs to be. Quotes are plentiful and free.


The role uses the built-in Docker DNS resolver by default instead of using the DoH/DoT functionality Gluetun normally provides.

If DNS leaks are a problem for your use case you will want to override this behavior with:

gluetun_docker_resolver: false

Just be aware that this toggle will make any network linked containers unable to resolve docker hostnames.

Additional Docker envs may be set via gluetun_docker_envs_custom.

2. Installation

sb install gluetun

3. Route Plex through Gluetun


It is important to disable remote access in Plex when using this workaround to avoid having media traffic routed through the VPN. Multiple instances of Plex will need their own unique instance of gluetun due to port conflicts.

To route Plex via your Gluetun container, you must set the following via the inventory system. These settings will also DNS block the metrics servers and use Gluetun's HTTP proxy when connecting with the Plex API for Saltbox tasks such as generating auth tokens:

  "": "{{ ip_address_localhost }}"
  "": "{{ ip_address_localhost }}"
  "": "{{ ip_address_localhost }}"

  - "plex"

plex_auth_token_proxy: "http://gluetun:8888"
plex_docker_network_mode_default: "container:gluetun"

# If using multiple instances.
  - "plex2"
plex2_docker_network_mode_default: "container:gluetun2"
plex2_auth_token_proxy: "http://gluetun2:8888"


When routing Plex through Gluetun, you must access Plex between containers at http://gluetun:32400 where you would previously use the Plex container name.

The above note is only the case if you do not add each linked container alias to gluetun like in the config example above.

Additionally the Plex container will become unable to start if you redeploy gluetun (restart is fine) at any point so you must redeploy Plex in that case.

4. Route other containers through Gluetun

Depending on if the role in question supports instances or not there will be two ways to set the network mode.

To route a Saltbox-configured container through Gluetun, you must set <rolename_instance>_docker_network_mode_default: "container:gluetun" via the inventory system.

For example, to route qbittorrent through Gluetun, the entry would be qbittorrent_docker_network_mode_default: "container:gluetun".

For example, to route qbittorrent2 through Gluetun, the entry would be qbittorrent2_docker_network_mode_default: "container:gluetun2".


The caveat with instances is that each instance will need a unique Gluetun instance to avoid port collision.

To route a Saltbox-configured container through Gluetun, you must set <rolename>_docker_network_mode: "container:gluetun" via the inventory system.

For example, to route jackett through Gluetun, the entry would be jackett_docker_network_mode: "container:gluetun".


While multiple containers may be routed through a single Gluetun instance, you must manually ensure there are no port clashes as all port binds for the connected containers will be through the Gluetun container and must have unique ports inside that container.

5. Example Gluetun Configs

Below are some example inventory entries for some common VPN providers. These are intended as templates only and should not be expected to copy and paste without any edits. For a Wireguard implementation, you will typically generate a config file (wg0.conf) with the provider and grab some of the values from that config to configure Gluetun.

gluetun_vpn_service_provider: "custom"
gluetun_vpn_type: "wireguard"
gluetun_wireguard_private_key: "your_wireguard_private_key"
gluetun_wireguard_addresses: "your_wireguard_address_with_cidr"
gluetun_wireguard_public_key: "server_wireguard_public_key"
gluetun_vpn_endpoint_ip: "wireguard_server_ip"
gluetun_vpn_endpoint_port: "wireguard_server_port"
gluetun_vpn_service_provider: "protonvpn"
gluetun_openvpn_user: "your_openvpn_user"
gluetun_openvpn_password: "your_openvpn_password"
  FREE_ONLY: "on"
gluetun_vpn_service_provider: "mullvad"
gluetun_vpn_type: "wireguard"
gluetun_wireguard_public_key: "your_wireguard_public_key"
gluetun_wireguard_private_key: "your_wireguard_private_key"
gluetun_wireguard_addresses: "your_wireguard_address"
# Include the below line to only connect to Amsterdam servers - replace with a different city if desired
gluetun_server_cities: "amsterdam"
gluetun_vpn_service_provider: "surfshark"
gluetun_vpn_type: "wireguard"
gluetun_wireguard_private_key: "your_wireguard_private_key"
gluetun_wireguard_addresses: "your_wireguard_address"
# Include the below line to only connect to Netherlands servers - replace with a different city if desired
gluetun_server_countries: "Netherlands"
gluetun_vpn_service_provider: "airvpn"
gluetun_vpn_type: "wireguard"
gluetun_wireguard_public_key: "your_wireguard_public_key"
gluetun_wireguard_private_key: "your_wireguard_private_key"
gluetun_wireguard_preshared_key: "your_wireguard_preshared_key"
gluetun_wireguard_addresses: "your_wireguard_address"
# Configure via a ovpn file located on the host at `/opt/gluetun/custom.ovpn`.
gluetun_vpn_service_provider: "custom"
gluetun_vpn_type: "openvpn"
gluetun_openvpn_custom_config: "/gluetun/custom.ovpn"