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vpnc-script replacement for easy split-tunnel VPN setup

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This is a replacement for the vpnc-script used by OpenConnect or VPNC.

Instead of trying to copy the behavior of standard corporate VPN clients, which normally reroute all your network traffic through the VPN, this one tries to minimize your contact with an intrusive corporate VPN. This is also known as a split-tunnel VPN, since it splits your traffic between the VPN tunnel and your normal network interfaces.

vpn-slice makes it easy to set up a split-tunnel VPN:

  • It only routes traffic for specific hosts or subnets through the VPN.
  • It automatically looks up named hosts, using the VPN’s DNS servers, and adds entries for them to your /etc/hosts (which it cleans up after VPN disconnection), however it does not otherwise alter your /etc/resolv.conf at all.


  • Python 3.3+
  • Either of the following:
    • dnspython module (preferred, tested with v1.16.0)
    • dig command-line DNS lookup tool (tested with v9.9.5 and v9.10.3)
  • Supported OSes:
    • Linux kernel 3.x+ with iproute2 and iptables utilities (used for all routing setup)
    • macOS 10.x


You should specify vpn-slice as your connection script with openconnect or vpnc. It has been tested with vpnc v0.5.3, OpenConnect v7.06+ (Cisco AnyConnect and Juniper protocols) and v8.0+ (PAN GlobalProtect protocol).

For example:

$ sudo openconnect -u user1234 \
    -s 'vpn-slice hostname1 hostname2'
$ cat /etc/hosts
... dnsmain00         # vpn-slice-tun0 AUTOCREATED dnsbackup2         # vpn-slice-tun0 AUTOCREATED hostname1        # vpn-slice-tun0 AUTOCREATED hostname1       # vpn-slice-tun0 AUTOCREATED

Notice that vpn-slice accepts both hostnames alone (hostname1) as well as host-to-IP* aliases ( The former are first looked up using the VPN’s DNS servers. Both are also added to the routing table, as well as to /etc/hosts (unless --no-host-names is specified). As in this example, multiple aliases can be specified for a single IP address.

There are many command-line options to alter the behavior of vpn-slice; try vpn-slice --help to show them all.

Running with --verbose makes it explain what it is doing, while running with --dump shows the environment variables passed in by the caller.

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