lightway-laser VS SoftEther

Compare lightway-laser vs SoftEther and see what are their differences.


Lightway Laser is a reference point-to-point Linux client/server implementation for Lightway Core. (by expressvpn)


Cross-platform multi-protocol VPN software. Pull requests are welcome. The stable version is available at (by SoftEtherVPN)
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lightway-laser SoftEther
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25 11,119
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5.7 8.3
8 months ago 11 days ago
GNU General Public License v3.0 only Apache License 2.0
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Posts with mentions or reviews of lightway-laser. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-08-10.
  • ExpressVPN open-sources Lightway: a modern VPN protocol
    2 projects | | 10 Aug 2021
    We have released a reference implementation that uses Lightway Core to create both a client and a server. It can be found here:

    Lightway Core is designed specifically to be embeddable and to work well on any platform without making assumptions about how that platform works (i.e. OpenVPN assumes a tun-like device).

    The comparison to WolfSSL is a good one because it was inspired by their library's design. As WolfSSL is to SSL, Lightway Core is to VPN tunnels. Just like WolfSSL, how you use Lightway Core is really up to you.

    For example, if you wanted to create a VPN that connects over Google Sheets or uses DNS messages, you’d be able to do that easily with Lightway Core.


Posts with mentions or reviews of SoftEther. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing lightway-laser and SoftEther you can also consider the following projects:

OpenVPN - OpenVPN is an open source VPN daemon

Pritunl - Enterprise VPN server

lightway-core - Lightway Core is a modern VPN protocol by ExpressVPN, to deliver a VPN experience that’s faster, more secure, and more reliable.

dsvpn - A Dead Simple VPN.

tinc - a VPN daemon

accel-ppp - High performance PPTP/L2TP/SSTP/PPPoE/IPoE server for Linux

ovpn-admin - Simple web UI to manage OpenVPN users.

Nebula - A scalable overlay networking tool with a focus on performance, simplicity and security


openconnect - OpenConnect client extended to support Palo Alto Networks' GlobalProtect VPN