Today I am going to show you, how to install Outline VPN to your droplet with just 5 steps !!!
What is Outline?
Outline is new open source VPN created by Jigshaw which is far easier to install compared to OpenVPN and provide outstanding VPN experience for day to day work.
- A digital ocean account with sufficient credit
- A local computer runs on Windows or Linux
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If you are using a VPS instead of a DigitalOcean Droplet, then please refer my tutorial “Setup a VPN server on your VPS within 15 minutes“.
Download and install Outline Manager and Outline Client by visiting https://getoutline.org.
Outline Manager is used to manage the VPN server which is available for Windows, Linux and macOS platforms where-as Outline Client is used to connect through the VPN network and to access the internet without any barrier. Outline Client is available for Windows, Linux, macOS, Android, iOS and Chrome OS platforms which enables one to use the VPN server across several devices.
Open Outline Manager and click on Setup by DigitalOcean.
You’ll be asked to Log in to your DigitalOcean account and once logged-in, it will automatically authenticate with Outline Manager and display the success message.
“Authentication successful. You can close this window”
Go to Outline Manager and select the Server Location. In-order to have a faster VPN experience, remember to select a location which is geographically closer to your country/region.
Here, in this tutorial; I am going to select Singapore as my server location.
And Click on “SET UP OUTLINE” button.
Wait for few minutes until Outline manager Setup your VPN server.
Finally you’ll get the following interface and your VPN server is now ready for use.
Now you have to obtain your access keys to configure the Outline Client.
Click on PC-like icon in-front of “My access key”
Then you’ll get two options as
- CONNECT THIS DEVICE
- CONNECT A DIFFERENT DEVICE
Continue with “CONNECT THIS DEVICE”.
* If you select “CONNECT A DIFFERENT DEVICE”, then you’ll be provided with a unique URL. When you visit that URL with your other device, you’ll get a similar interface as above. Then you have to continue again with “CONNECT THIS DEVICE” option.
Then copy your access code.
After that, you will be prompted to install Outline client. Since we have already installed Outline client in Step 1, let’s proceed with “ADD SERVER” option.
Now it’s time to connect to the internet through our newly setup VPN droplet.
After Step 4, Outline client will open automatically; it will automatically detect the access code that we have copied earlier.
Now press on “ADD SERVER”.
Finally, click on CONNECT to make a connection with your VPN server and unleash from any network barrier with 100% privacy.
You can test whether your VPN actually works by visiting https://iplocation.com/
You can see that, your IP address and Country have been changed accordingly.
Some Important Points
- It is not necessary to open Outline Manager again and again once the VPN server is setup. You only need Outline Client to access the internet via your VPN server
- In Outline Manager you can Add new keys,
- And share those with your friends, so that they too can use Outline Client to access the internet via your VPN server.
You can copy the invitation message and share with your friends, which contain all the relevant information to use your VPN server.
Try this with your mobile phone and experience how it works!!!!
Let me know your ideas, problems you faced while following this tutorial in comment section. I am happy to help you :)