Nebula VS OpenVPN

Compare Nebula vs OpenVPN and see what are their differences.


A scalable overlay networking tool with a focus on performance, simplicity and security (by slackhq)


OpenVPN is an open source VPN daemon (by OpenVPN)
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Nebula OpenVPN
44 31
8,641 6,498
5.2% 1.7%
8.3 9.2
7 days ago 2 days ago
Go C
MIT License GNU General Public License v3.0 or later
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Stars - the number of stars that a project has on GitHub. Growth - month over month growth in stars.
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Posts with mentions or reviews of Nebula. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-11-03.


Posts with mentions or reviews of OpenVPN. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-10-13.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing Nebula and OpenVPN you can also consider the following projects:

tinc - a VPN daemon

ZeroTier - A Smart Ethernet Switch for Earth


Pritunl - Enterprise VPN server

tailscale - The easiest, most secure way to use WireGuard and 2FA.

SoftEther - Cross-platform multi-protocol VPN software. Pull requests are welcome. The stable version is available at

Netmaker - Netmaker makes networks with WireGuard. Netmaker automates fast, secure, and distributed virtual networks.

sshuttle - Wrong project! You should head over to

lightway-laser - Lightway Laser is a reference point-to-point Linux client/server implementation for Lightway Core.

yggdrasil-go - An experiment in scalable routing as an encrypted IPv6 overlay network