Tinc (protocol)

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Original author(s) Guus Sliepen, Ivo Timmermans, Wessel Dankers
Developer(s) The Tinc development team
Initial release 14 November 1998 (1998-11-14)
Stable release
1.0.33 / 4 November 2017; 33 days ago (2017-11-04)[1]
Preview release
1.1pre15 / 2 September 2017; 3 months ago (2017-09-02)[2]
Written in C (programming language)
Operating system Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, DragonFly BSD, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Solaris
Type VPN
License GPL
Website www.tinc-vpn.org

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

Supported network transports[edit]

Embedded technologies[edit]

  • OpenSSL (encryption library)
  • zlib ("best compression")
  • LZO ("fast compression")

Projects that use tinc[edit]

  • Freifunk: tinc was enabled in their routers as of October 2006 [1].
  • OpenWrt has an installable package for tinc.
  • pfSense has an installable package in the 2.3 release
  • Tomato has tinc support included in the Shibby mod.


  1. ^ Sliepen, Guus (2016-04-10). "Tinc version 1.0.28 released". tinc (Mailing list). Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Sliepen, Guus (2016-05-01). "Tinc version 1.1pre14 released". tinc (Mailing list). Retrieved 2 July 2016. 

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