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How do I run DietPi-Software and install optimised software items?

To install any of the DietPi optimised software items listed below run from the command line:


Choose Browse Software and select one or more items. Finally select Install.
DietPi will do all the necessary steps to install and start these software items.

DietPi-Software menu screenshot

To see all the DietPi configurations options, review the DietPi Tools section.

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An easy to use VPN server and client system. The DietPi installation of OpenVPN uses a single client file to get you connected with minimal hassle.

OpenVPN logo

Generate client connection file for your VPN client system

As a prerequisite, a client connection file (DietPi_OpenVPN_Client.ovpn) has to be obtained and put on your target system where your VPN client is running.
DietPi will automatically generate unique 2048 bit server and client keys during installation and place them into a unified client config file. You will need this file to connect to your OpenVPN server from a client.

Client file location:

  • DietPi will generate the client config file and place it here:
    Simply power off and plug the SD card into your target system to obtain the file from the FAT partition.
  • DietPi will also create a copy of the file in
    Use one of DietPi’s file servers to access this file.
Security issue

For security reasons, please remove those client connection files after they have been deployed on the client system!

Changing the target address for the client file

You will need to open the DietPi_OpenVPN_Client.ovpn file in a text editor to change the target domain/IP address. This can be anything from a website address, No-IP domain name, or IP address.
Examples for changing e.g.:

  • remote 1194
  • remote 1194

You have to set up your router to enable external access.
OpenVPN server uses the following port:

  • UDP 1194

This port must be enabled in port forwarding on your router and point to the IP address of your DietPi system.

Installation of the Windows OpenVPN client program is done with the following steps:

  1. Download the software under
    URL =
  2. Download and install the installer that suites to your Windows version.

Method 1 - Quick:
Simply right click the DietPi_OpenVPN_Client.ovpn file and choose “Start OpenVPN on this config file”.

Method 2 - GUI:
If you want to use the OpenVPN GUI, you will need to copy DietPi_OpenVPN_Client.ovpn to the OpenVPN config location (e.g.: C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\config).

To allow VPN clients accessing your local Pi-hole instance, you need to allow DNS requests from all network interfaces:
pihole -a -i local

Installation article (German language): PiVPN: Raspberry Pi mit OpenVPN – Raspberry Pi Teil3


PiVPN is an OpenVPN and WireGuard installer and management tool. It also has a command pivpn which allows for simple creation of additional user profiles and configurations.

PiVPN logo

Run the command pivpn to see a list of options.

Simply run the command pivpn -a.

For an unattended PiVPN installation during first boot of DietPi, place a configuration file named unattended_pivpn.conf into the boot partition/directory. For example configs, have a look at
More details can be found in the corresponding part of the PiVPN installation documentation.

YouTube video tutorial: VPN configuration using Raspberry Pi and DietPi
YouTube video tutorial: DietPi PiVPN Server Setup on Raspberry Pi 3 B Plus


WireGuard is an extremely simple yet fast and modern VPN that utilizes state-of-the-art cryptography. It aims to be faster, simpler, leaner and more useful than IPsec, while avoiding the massive headache.

WireGuard logo

When installing using dietpi-software, you can choose whether to install WireGuard as VPN server or client.


You are asked to enter your public IP/domain and the port on which the VPN server should be available. Remember to open/forward the port (UDP) through NAT on your router.
During installation, a client configuration file will be automatically created as well at:

Configure the client configuration to your needs, it contains some informational comments. By default it will pass all clients network traffic through the VPN tunnel, including DNS requests which will be resolved by the servers DNS resolver.
If you e.g. want to use the servers Pi-hole instance on the client only, but keep all other traffic outside the VPN tunnel, you would edit the following values:

  • DNS =
  • AllowedIPs = (where the IP needs to match your DietPi servers local IP)

If your client is another Linux machine with iptables installed, you can uncomment the two kill switch lines to have all network traffic automatically disabled, when VPN connection is lost. If your client is a mobile phone with WireGuard app installed, you can simply apply the config by printing a QR code onto the servers terminal via:
grep -v '^#' /etc/wireguard/wg0-client.conf | qrencode -t ansiutf8.
To allow VPN clients accessing your local Pi-hole instance, you need to allow DNS requests from all network interfaces: pihole -a -i local

Adding multiple clients

Navigate to the servers WireGuard configuration directory: cd /etc/wireguard

Create a second client key pair:

umask 0077
wg genkey > client2_private.key
wg pubkey < client2_private.key > client2_public.key
umask 0022

Clone and configure the client config:

cp -a wg0-client.conf wg0-client2.conf
G_CONFIG_INJECT 'Address = ' 'Address =' wg0-client2.conf
G_CONFIG_INJECT 'PrivateKey = ' "PrivateKey = $(<client2_private.key)" wg0-client2.conf

Configure wg0.conf (server config) so the last lines match:

PublicKey = <paste content of client2_public.key here>
AllowedIPs =

Restart the VPN server (systemctl restart wg-quick@wg0) and apply wg0-client2.conf to your second VPN client as you did for the first before.
Repeat similar for third, fourth, … VPN client.

Usually the VPN provider will have install instructions and ship a configuration file.
If the you want to connect to another DietPi machine, use the generated /etc/wireguard/wg0-client.conf as mentioned above.
If no WireGuard (auto)start instructions are included, but you require it, please do the following:

  • Check for the created configuration file/interface name: ls -Al /etc/wireguard/
  • It has a .conf file ending, lets assume: wg0-client.conf
  • To start the VPN interface, run: systemctl start wg-quick@wg0-client
  • To autostart the VPN interface on boot, run: systemctl enable wg-quick@wg0-client
  • To disable autostart again, run: systemctl disable wg-quick@wg0-client

Remark: If the client config sets the DNS server via DNS = ... directive, assure that resolvconf is installed: apt install resolvconf

Logging can be viewed with:

journalctl -u wg-quick@wg0


journalctl -u wg-quick@<config_name>
Kernel update

The WireGuard kernel module needs to rebuild whenever the kernel is updated. On most devices this will be done automatically, when the kernel (+headers) is updated via APT package, which then usually triggers the module rebuild.
If you update the kernel outside of APT, via source build or commands like rpi-update, assure that matching kernel headers are installed as well and rebuild the WireGuard module via: dpkg-reconfigure wireguard-dkms

YouTube video tutorial (German language): Raspberry Pi & PiVPN mit WireGuard: Installation unter DietPi mit NoIP und AVM Fritzbox


Zero config VPN.

Tailscale is a VPN service that makes the devices and applications you own accessible anywhere in the world, securely and effortlessly. It enables encrypted point-to-point connections using the open source WireGuard protocol, which means only devices on your private network can communicate with each other.

Tailscale logo

Step 1: Sign up for an account

Sign up for a Tailscale account. Get started with a free personal plan or trial for an organizational plan.

Tailscale requires a Single Sign-On (SSO) provider, so you’ll need a Google, Microsoft, GitHub, Okta, OneLogin, or other supported SSO identity provider account to begin.

Step 2: Add this device to your network

tailscale up

Tailscale helps you connect your devices together. For that to be possible, Tailscale needs to also be installed on other devices that you want to connect to.

Since Tailscale runs as a systemd service, it can be controlled with the following commands:

systemctl status tailscaled
systemctl start tailscaled
systemctl stop tailscaled
systemctl restart tailscaled

Tailscale runs as a systemd service, hence logs can be viewed with the following command:

journalctl -u tailscaled

Tailscale is installed as an APT package and can hence be upgraded using the following commands:

apt update
apt install tailscale

What is Tailscale?
License: BSD 3-Clause
YouTube video tutorial: Tailscale VPN - WireGuard was never so easy!


ZeroTier is a smart programmable Ethernet switch for planet Earth. It allows all networked devices, VMs, containers, and applications to communicate as if they all reside in the same physical data centre or cloud region.

ZeroTier logo

In order to use ZeroTier you firstly need to create network in controller either in ZeroTier ltd. hosted or self-hosted controllers.
Firstly let’s show step-by-step instructions for ZeroTier hosted networks. For that we will need to:

  1. Register on
  2. Press on “Create A Network”
  3. Go to page of created network, where we need to choose which type network we would like to have:
    • Private: Nodes must be authorized to become members
    • Public: Any node can become a member. Members cannot be de-authorized or deleted. Members that haven’t been online in 30 days will be removed, but can rejoin.

By running sudo zerotier-cli join <network-id>, whereas <network-id> could be found in controllers web page in list of networks, we will join network.
If Network type is Private, then we will need to go to controller website and authorize joining node by going to<network-id> and scrolling down to members list where we will find on first column checkbox, if we fill it then node is authorized else it’s not.
If Network type is Public, then we automatically have access to other nodes.
In order to leave certain network we need to run next command:

zerotier-cli leave <network-id>

For printing out the node ID, run:

zerotier-cli info

ZeroTier supports self-hosting controllers on nodes. - Self-hosting a controller: - Self-hosting the controller UI: dec0dOS/zero-ui

Since ZeroTier runs as a systemd service, it can be controlled with the following commands:

systemctl status zerotier-one
systemctl start zerotier-one
systemctl stop zerotier-one
systemctl restart zerotier-one

ZeroTier runs as a systemd service, hence logs can be viewed with the following command:

journalctl -u zerotier-one

ZeroTier is installed as an APT package and can hence be upgraded using the following commands:

apt update
apt install zerotier-one

Wikipedia :
Source code: zerotier/ZeroTierOne License: BSLv1.1
YouTube video tutorial: ZeroTier Tutorial: Delivering the Capabilities of VPN, SDN, and SD-WAN via an Open Source System
YouTube video tutorial: How To Work Remotely Using ZeroTier & Windows Remote Desktop (RDP)

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