Skip to main content

Transparent proxy server that works as a poor man's VPN. Forwards over ssh. Doesn't require admin. Works with Linux and MacOS. Supports DNS tunneling.

Project description

As far as I know, sshuttle is the only program that solves the following common case:

  • Your client machine (or router) is Linux, FreeBSD, or MacOS.

  • You have access to a remote network via ssh.

  • You don’t necessarily have admin access on the remote network.

  • The remote network has no VPN, or only stupid/complex VPN protocols (IPsec, PPTP, etc). Or maybe you are the admin and you just got frustrated with the awful state of VPN tools.

  • You don’t want to create an ssh port forward for every single host/port on the remote network.

  • You hate openssh’s port forwarding because it’s randomly slow and/or stupid.

  • You can’t use openssh’s PermitTunnel feature because it’s disabled by default on openssh servers; plus it does TCP-over-TCP, which has terrible performance.

Obtaining sshuttle

  • Ubuntu 16.04 or later:

    apt-get install sshuttle
  • Debian stretch or later:

    apt-get install sshuttle
  • Arch Linux:

    pacman -S sshuttle
  • Fedora:

    dnf install sshuttle
  • openSUSE:

    zypper in sshuttle
  • Gentoo:

    emerge -av net-proxy/sshuttle
  • NixOS:

    nix-env -iA nixos.sshuttle
  • From PyPI:

    sudo pip install sshuttle
  • Clone:

    git clone
    cd sshuttle
    sudo ./ install
  • FreeBSD:

    # ports
    cd /usr/ports/net/py-sshuttle && make install clean
    # pkg
    pkg install py39-sshuttle
  • OpenBSD:

    pkg_add sshuttle
  • macOS, via MacPorts:

    sudo port selfupdate
    sudo port install sshuttle

It is also possible to install into a virtualenv as a non-root user.

  • From PyPI:

    virtualenv -p python3 /tmp/sshuttle
    . /tmp/sshuttle/bin/activate
    pip install sshuttle
  • Clone:

    virtualenv -p python3 /tmp/sshuttle
    . /tmp/sshuttle/bin/activate
    git clone
    cd sshuttle
    ./ install
  • Homebrew:

    brew install sshuttle
  • Nix:

    nix-env -iA nixpkgs.sshuttle


The documentation for the stable version is available at:

The documentation for the latest development version is available at:

Running as a service

Sshuttle can also be run as a service and configured using a config management system:

Project details

Download files

Download the file for your platform. If you're not sure which to choose, learn more about installing packages.

Source Distribution

sshuttle-1.1.2.tar.gz (59.5 kB view hashes)

Uploaded Source

Built Distribution

sshuttle-1.1.2-py3-none-any.whl (68.8 kB view hashes)

Uploaded Python 3

Supported by

AWS AWS Cloud computing and Security Sponsor Datadog Datadog Monitoring Fastly Fastly CDN Google Google Download Analytics Microsoft Microsoft PSF Sponsor Pingdom Pingdom Monitoring Sentry Sentry Error logging StatusPage StatusPage Status page