strongSwan VPN Client

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About this app

Official Android port of the popular strongSwan VPN solution.


* Uses the VpnService API featured by Android 4+. Devices by some manufacturers seem to lack support for this - strongSwan VPN Client won't work on these devices!
* Uses the IKEv2 key exchange protocol (IKEv1 is *not* supported)
* Uses IPsec for data traffic (L2TP is *not* supported)
* Full support for changed connectivity and mobility through MOBIKE (or reauthentication)
* Supports username/password EAP authentication (namely EAP-MSCHAPv2, EAP-MD5 and EAP-GTC) as well as RSA/ECDSA private key/certificate authentication to authenticate users, EAP-TLS with client certificates is also supported
* Combined RSA/ECDSA and EAP authentication is supported by using two authentication rounds as defined in RFC 4739
* VPN server certificates are verified against the CA certificates pre-installed or installed by the user on the system. The CA or server certificates used to authenticate the server can also be imported directly into the app.
* IKEv2 fragmentation is supported if the VPN server supports it (strongSwan does so since 5.2.1)
* Split-tunneling allows sending only certain traffic through the VPN and/or excluding specific traffic from it
* Per-app VPN allows limiting the VPN connection to specific apps, or exclude them from using it
* The IPsec implementation currently supports the AES-CBC, AES-GCM, ChaCha20/Poly1305 and SHA1/SHA2 algorithms
* Passwords are currently stored as cleartext in the database (only if stored with a profile)
* VPN profiles may be imported from files
* Supports managed configurations via enterprise mobility management (EMM)

Details and a changelog can be found on our docs:


* READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE: Allows importing VPN profiles and CA certificates from external storage on some Android versions
* QUERY_ALL_PACKAGES: Required on Android 11+ to select apps to ex-/include in VPN profiles and the optional EAP-TNC use case


Example server configurations may be found in our docs:

Please note that the host name (or IP address) configured with a VPN profile in the app *must be* contained in the server certificate as subjectAltName extension.


Please post bug reports and feature requests via GitHub:
If you do so, please include information about your device (manufacturer, model, OS version etc.).

The log file written by the key exchange service can be sent directly from within the application.
Updated on
Feb 26, 2024

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Ratings and reviews

3.12K reviews
A Google user
March 22, 2020
This is the absolute best VPN app out there bar none. Do others have more features? Yes. Do others have more options? Many do. This has just the right balance of options and ease of use and performs very well out of the box, unlike most. I recently learned that IKEv2 was a very robust protocol over mobile networks and switching network on the fly. You don't need the proprietary VPN on the play store that is blocked by half of the internet. This is much more stable and lighter.
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Arfan Ali
April 9, 2024
Works very well, somehow even better then the official SurfShark Android app. It doesn't seem to like updating over the Play Store for some reason.
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strongSwan Project
April 10, 2024
What do you mean with "not liking" updating over the Play Store? What's the problem you encountered? Please let us know via
‫کایگا (‪t-51‬‏)‬‎
March 6, 2024
Very good, but please add the ability to add dns to the software if possible. Right inside the advanced settings or in the profile.
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strongSwan Project
March 6, 2024
That's where the option to set custom DNS servers already is. Or what do you mean?

What's new

# 2.5.1 #

- Fix for existing shortcuts and automation via Intents

# 2.5.0 #

- Support for managed configurations via enterprise mobility management (EMM)