An open source, self-hosted implementation of the Tailscale control server (by juanfont)

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  • Thoughts on Tailscale?
    reddit.com/r/privacy | 2021-10-26
    You can host your own coordination server since there is an open source version.
  • I want to set-up a VPN on a VPS, will then connect to my TPLink router, that will serve as a tunnel out of my CGNAT ISP in order to gain an Open NAT on my services. Can anyone suggest a suitable and secure guide/tutorial in order to achieve this?
    If you also want to self-host the control server (which is closed source afaik) there is headscale, which is a open-source implementation for that (https://github.com/juanfont/headscale)
  • Why not “Why not WireGuard?”
    news.ycombinator.com | 2021-10-17
    Relevant: Headscale, an open source-implementation of the Tailscale control server



    The Tailscale mobile apps aren't currently compatible with Headscale unless you modify and compile them yourself. But, those clients are FOSS (MIT License) and can be forked and republished.

  • I want to understand how Tailscale work.
    reddit.com/r/degoogle | 2021-10-14
    It does have a server to manage the network and routes public traffic. You might want to take a look at headscale
  • Looking for a good guide for deploying WireGuard with a GUI
    Dont forget about Headscale https://github.com/juanfont/headscale
  • My (overly) secured setup
  • How about Hashi Boundary instead of a VPN?
    Or headscale if you really want Tailscale.
  • Wg-access-server: An all-in-one WireGuard VPN solution with a web UI
    news.ycombinator.com | 2021-10-01
    I second this. Tailscale is great. However, if you're someone that prefers a selfhosted option (and open source) - there is HeadScale. It lets you run your own coordination server locally.


  • juanfont/headscale: An open source, self-hosted implementation of the Tailscale control server
    reddit.com/r/devopsish | 2021-09-28
  • headscale: An open source, self-hosted implementation of the Tailscale control server
    reddit.com/r/unRAID | 2021-09-23
    reddit.com/r/Ibracorp | 2021-09-23
  • Zerotier - Multiple Vulnerabilities
  • Zerotier – multiple vulnerabilities allow access to private network
    news.ycombinator.com | 2021-09-20
    Self-hosting is possible by adding headscale too: https://github.com/juanfont/headscale

    It doesn't have all the features of tailscale hosted server, but they seem to be working the list of missing features.

  • Tailscale is Amazing but~
    reddit.com/r/Tailscale | 2021-09-20
    There is a community open source implementation though: https://github.com/juanfont/headscale


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juanfont/headscale is an open source project licensed under BSD 3-clause "New" or "Revised" License which is an OSI approved license.

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