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VPNGate Python script

This script is NOT MAINTAINED

This snippet of code was posted in 2014 and slightly revised in 2016 and 2017. It was more of a quick'n'dirty script than a polished tool. It is made only for Linux and in Python 2, which has since become outdated.

I currently do not use it, and I suggest you avoid it as well. Please do not expect support for using this script.

🔥 If you need an alternative, @glaucocustodio has kindly suggested EasyVPN in this comment.

The rest of the README is left for historical purposed.


vpngate.py

This script allows to use the free VPN service provided by VPNGate in an easy way. The user just needs to provide the desidered output country, and the script automatically chooses the best server.

After this step, OpenVPN is launched with the proper configuration. The VPN can be terminated by pressing Ctrl+C.

Usage

Run the script by providing the desired output country:

vpngate.py US

Both country codes and country names are supported, as listed on the VPNGate website, e.g.:

vpngate.py "United Kingdom"

Moreover, the script allows to input countries with any case (Italy, italy, ItALy all work) and with partial names:

  • Korea will work for Korea Republic Of
  • Russia will work for Russian Federation
  • ... and so on

Demo

Here is a short Youtube video showcasing an example usage:

YT video

Requirements

OpenVPN needs to be installed.

The script should run on any Linux distribution with the Python Requests module installed. The user running the script must be able to run sudo commands in order to start openvpn.

#!/usr/bin/env python
"""Pick server and start connection with VPNGate (http://www.vpngate.net/en/)"""
import requests, os, sys, tempfile, subprocess, base64, time
__author__ = "Andrea Lazzarotto"
__copyright__ = "Copyright 2014+, Andrea Lazzarotto"
__license__ = "GPLv3"
__version__ = "1.0"
__maintainer__ = "Andrea Lazzarotto"
__email__ = "andrea.lazzarotto@gmail.com"
if len(sys.argv) != 2:
print 'usage: ' + sys.argv[0] + ' [country name | country code]'
exit(1)
country = sys.argv[1]
if len(country) == 2:
i = 6 # short name for country
elif len(country) > 2:
i = 5 # long name for country
else:
print 'Country is too short!'
exit(1)
try:
vpn_data = requests.get('http://www.vpngate.net/api/iphone/').text.replace('\r','')
servers = [line.split(',') for line in vpn_data.split('\n')]
labels = servers[1]
labels[0] = labels[0][1:]
servers = [s for s in servers[2:] if len(s) > 1]
except:
print 'Cannot get VPN servers data'
exit(1)
desired = [s for s in servers if country.lower() in s[i].lower()]
found = len(desired)
print 'Found ' + str(found) + ' servers for country ' + country
if found == 0:
exit(1)
supported = [s for s in desired if len(s[-1]) > 0]
print str(len(supported)) + ' of these servers support OpenVPN'
# We pick the best servers by score
winner = sorted(supported, key=lambda s: float(s[2].replace(',','.')), reverse=True)[0]
print "\n== Best server =="
pairs = zip(labels, winner)[:-1]
for (l, d) in pairs[:4]:
print l + ': ' + d
print pairs[4][0] + ': ' + str(float(pairs[4][1]) / 10**6) + ' MBps'
print "Country: " + pairs[5][1]
print "\nLaunching VPN..."
_, path = tempfile.mkstemp()
f = open(path, 'w')
f.write(base64.b64decode(winner[-1]))
f.write('\nscript-security 2\nup /etc/openvpn/update-resolv-conf\ndown /etc/openvpn/update-resolv-conf')
f.close()
x = subprocess.Popen(['sudo', 'openvpn', '--config', path])
try:
while True:
time.sleep(600)
# termination with Ctrl+C
except:
try:
x.kill()
except:
pass
while x.poll() != 0:
time.sleep(1)
print '\nVPN terminated'
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Lazza commented Nov 26, 2022

@glaucocustodio Thank you for linking EasyVPN, it seems to be a quite neat script. I will add a note in the README file.

@Skippern
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Skippern commented Jan 6, 2023

It was close enough so I could rewrite it in python3 for my needs, I did some modifications for it since I have a scraper that needs to cycle through VPN's.

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Madkhix commented Mar 21, 2023

Hi everyone when i try to run the code. Its giving error:
exit(1)
NameError: name 'exit' is not defined

I try with sys.exit(1) but nothing fixed. Can you help me about this problem please?

@Rayan25062011
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Try running pip install sys because the code has already imported the sys library

@Madkhix
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Madkhix commented Mar 21, 2023

I did that and this is the result:
sys.exit(1)
SystemExit: 1
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@Rayan25062011
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I did that and this is the result:
sys.exit(1)
SystemExit: 1
@Rayan25062011

So now its working! Now Make sure your connected to a fast internet and run the code, it should work

@Madkhix
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Madkhix commented Mar 21, 2023

Oh i got it. Yeah its working its always giving systemexit: 1 now and i dont know why. Can it be about country and country number ? I ma sure about my internet connection.
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Rayan25062011 commented Mar 21, 2023

Oh i got it. Yeah its working its always giving systemexit: 1 now and i dont know why. Can it be about country and country number ? I ma sure about my internet connection.
@Rayan25062011

Maybe its about the vpn gate servers, they are probably restarting or something, or the country your entering wrong. If its none of them then im sorry but i dont know either.

@Madkhix
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Madkhix commented Mar 21, 2023

I will try to solve somehow. Thanks for your help. I appreciate it. @Rayan25062011

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sameer15-hue commented Mar 23, 2023 via email

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aashanm commented Jun 15, 2023

The code works for me, but I keep getting prompted to enter a password. Anyone know why?

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@samrahimi
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Username, password, and preshared key are always "vpn" - if you are asked. Depending on the config of the host usually you will not be.

Yes this is amazing for webscrapers that need to cycle through IPs or for casual use cases like watching American Netflix. But the security implications are considerable... the hosts are random volunteers who are sharing their internet connections to help people in countries like China, Russia, and Iran break out of censorship mode. Which is awesome. But I wouldn't put in my credit card number while this thing is connected, because you never know if there could be a compromised host.

PS. If you get an error about a cipher, add this line to the config file and retry the connection, it should work:

data-ciphers AES-128-CBC:AES-256-GCM:AES-128-GCM:CHACHA20-POLY1305

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