Setting Up PPTP Server in Linux ( Ubuntu/CentOS )

Posted on June 20th, 2018

Setting Up PPTP Server in Linux ( Ubuntu/CentOS )

The point to point Tunneling protocol is a method for implementing virtual private networks(VPN). The main advantages are it is compatible with most of the mobile devices and it uses less CPU resources. It is not much secure comparing to OpenVPN.

1) PPTP Installation

On Ubuntu:

$ apt-get install pptpd

On CentOS:

$ rpm -i

$ yum -y install pptpd

The configuration examples can be found in the /usr/share/doc/pptpd directory. The configuartion file is /etc/pptpd.conf . The sample configuration may look like:

# See man pptpd.conf to get more information about this file

# pppd options file. By default, /etc/ppp/options is used

option /etc/ppp/options.pptpd

# Server IP in local network


# IP address ranges used to assign IPs to new connecting clients

# Here we define two ranges for our 192.168.1.* subnet: 234-238 and 245



2) Add localip and remoteip

Edit /etc/pptpd.conf file and add the following details:

$ vi /etc/pptpd.conf


remoteip #100 clients

The localip should be your IP address of the server and remoteip is your clients IP that connect to it.


3) Add DNS server in /etc/ppp/pptpd-options

$ vi /etc/ppp/pptpd-options




4) Setup user account with authentication

Edit /etc/ppp/chap-secrets and add the following details:

$ vi /etc/ppp/chap-secrets

user1 pptpd password1

user2 pptpd password2

user3 pptpd password3

Add all clients with fixed ip addresses (change user1, user2… and password1, password2,.. according to your preference)


5) Enable IP Forwarding

$ sysctl -w net.ipv4.ip_forward=1


$ echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward

Restart sysctl to enable the changes made

$ sysctl -p /etc/sysctl.conf


6) Configure iptables for forwarding

$ iptables --table nat --append POSTROUTING --out-interface ppp0 -j MASQUERADE

$ iptables -I INPUT -s -i ppp0 -j ACCEPT

$ iptables --append FORWARD --in-interface eth0 -j ACCEPT

$ service iptables save

To makes changes effective, restart PPTP daemon

$ service pptpd restart


3 Responses to “Setting Up PPTP Server in Linux ( Ubuntu/CentOS )”

  1. TK says:

    I’m wondering if it is possible to install and instantiate the pptpd server on an Android 9.0 TV box to run inside my home network to use my own VDSL2 connection to secure my mobile usage outside on open wifi and unknown cell relays that could be trying to intercept my internet traffic using those insecure connections and not having to trust some unknown 3rd party to handle the VPN security who may well be secretly data mining my VPN activity.

  2. behzad says:

    i have a problem very very emergency

    in line
    $ iptables –append FORWARD –in-interface eth0 -j ACCEPT
    iptables v1.4.7: option `iptables’ requires an argument

    • Jithin says:

      There is a typo in the command that you executed. The correct command is given below.

      iptables --append FORWARD --in-interface eth0 -j ACCEPT

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