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Tinc (protocol)

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Tinc (protocol)

Tinc (protocol)
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 1.0.26 / 5 July 2015 (2015-07-05)
Preview release 1.1pre11 / 1 March 2015 (2015-03-01)
Written in C (programming language)
Operating system Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, DragonFly BSD, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Solaris
Type VPN
License GPL
Website .org.tinc-vpnwww

Tinc is a 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 1
  • Embedded technologies 2
  • Projects that use tinc 3
  • External links 4

Supported network transports

Embedded technologies

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

Projects that use tinc

  • 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 2.2 release [2]
  • Tomato has tinc support included in the Shibby mod.

External links

  • Homepage
  • Debian GNU/Linux tinc dhcp bridging setup
  • "Quick & Dirty TINC setup"
  • Gentoo Linux tinc setup
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