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Set Linux as router in one command. Able to Provide Internet, or create Wifi hotspot. Support transparent proxy (redsocks). Also useful for routing VM/containers.

It wraps iptables, dnsmasq etc. stuff. Use in one command, restore in one command or by control-c (or even by closing terminal window).

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Basic features:

  • Create a NATed sub-network
  • Provide Internet
  • DHCP server and RA
  • DNS server
  • IPv6 (behind NATed LAN, like IPv4)
  • Creating Wifi hotspot:
    • Channel selecting
    • Choose encryptions: WPA2/WPA, WPA2, WPA, No encryption
    • Create AP on the same interface you are getting Internet (require same channel)
  • Transparent proxy (redsocks)
  • DNS proxy
  • Compatible with NetworkManager (automatically set interface as unmanaged)

For many other features, see below CLI usage

Useful in these situations

Wifi AP(no DHCP)                        |
    |           (DHCP)
 Switch                                 |
Internet----(eth0/wlan0)-Linux-(eth1)------Another PC
Internet----(eth0/wlan0)-Linux-(virtual interface)-----VM/container


Provide Internet to an interface

sudo lnxrouter -i eth1

Provide an interface's Internet to another interface

sudo lnxrouter -i eth1 -o vpn0 --dhcp-dns -6 --dhcp-dns6 [2606:4700:4700::1111]

Read Notice 1

Create Wifi hotspot

sudo lnxrouter --ap wlan0 MyAccessPoint -p MyPassPhrase

LAN without Internet

sudo lnxrouter -n -i eth1
sudo lnxrouter -n --ap wlan0 MyAccessPoint -p MyPassPhrase

Read Notice 1

Internet for LXC

Create a bridge

sudo brctl addbr lxcbr5

In LXC container config = veth = up = lxcbr5 = xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx
sudo lnxrouter -i lxcbr5

Transparent proxy with Tor

sudo lnxrouter -i eth1 --tp 9040 --dns 9053 -g --p6 fd00:5:6:7::

In torrc

TransPort [fd00:5:6:7::1]:9040 
DNSPort [fd00:5:6:7::1]:9053

Clients-in-sandbox network

To not give our infomation to clients:

sudo lnxrouter -i eth1 \
    --tp 9040 --dns 9053 \
    --random-mac \
    --ban-priv \
    --catch-dns --log-dns   # optional

This script comes with no warrenty, use on your own risk

Use as transparent proxy for LXD

Create a bridge

sudo brctl addbr lxdbr5

Create and add a new LXD profile overriding container's eth0

lxc profile create profile5
lxc profile edit profile5

### profile content ###
config: {}
description: ""
    name: eth0
    nictype: bridged
    parent: lxdbr5
    type: nic
name: profile5

lxc profile add <container> profile5
sudo lnxrouter -i lxdbr5 --tp 9040 --dns 9053

To remove that new profile from container

lxc profile remove <container> profile5

To not use profile

Add new eth0 to container overriding default eth0

lxc config device add <container> eth0 nic name=eth0 nictype=bridged parent=lxdbr5

To remove the customized eth0 to restore default eth0

lxc config device remove <container> eth0

Use as transparent proxy for VirtualBox

In VirtualBox's global settings, create a host-only network vboxnet5 with DHCP disabled.

sudo lnxrouter -i vboxnet5 --tp 9040 --dns 9053

Use as transparent proxy for firejail

Create a bridge

sudo brctl addbr firejail5
sudo lnxrouter -i firejail5 -g --tp 9040 --dns 9053 
firejail --net=firejail5 --dns= --blacklist=/var/run/nscd

CLI usage and other features

Usage: lnxrouter <options>

    -h, --help              Show this help
    --version               Print version number

    -i <interface>          Interface to make NATed sub-network,
                            and to provide Internet to
                            (To create Wifi hotspot use '--ap' instead)
    -o <interface>          Specify an inteface to provide Internet from.
                            (Note using this with default DNS option may leak
                            queries to other interfaces)
    -n                      Do not provide Internet (See Notice 1)
    --ban-priv              Disallow clients to access my private network
    -g <ip>                 This host's IPv4 address in subnet (mask is /24)
    -6                      Enable IPv6 (NAT)
    --no4                   Disable IPv4 Internet (not forwarding IPv4)
                            (See Notice 1). Usually used with '-6'
    --p6 <prefix>           Set IPv6 LAN address prefix (length 64) 
                            (example: fd00:1:2:3::) Using this enables '-6'
    --dns <ip>|<port>|<ip:port>
                            DNS server's upstream DNS.
                            Use ',' to seperate multiple servers
                            (default: use /etc/resolve.conf)
                            (Note IPv6 addresses need '[]' around)
    --no-dns                Do not serve DNS
    --no-dnsmasq            Disable dnsmasq server (DHCP, DNS, RA)
    --catch-dns             Transparent DNS proxy, redirect packets(TCP/UDP) 
                            whose destination port is 53 to this host
    --log-dns               Show DNS query log
    --dhcp-dns <IP1[,IP2]>|no
                            Set IPv4 DNS offered by DHCP (default: this host)
    --dhcp-dns6 <IP1[,IP2]>|no
                            Set IPv6 DNS offered by DHCP (RA) 
                            (default: this host)
                            (Note IPv6 addresses need '[]' around)
    --hostname <name>       DNS server associate this name with this host.
                            Use '-' to read name from /etc/hostname
    -d                      DNS server will take into account /etc/hosts
    -e <hosts_file>         DNS server will take into account additional 
                            hosts file
    --mac <MAC>             Set MAC address
    --random-mac            Use random MAC address
    --tp <port>             Transparent proxy,
                            redirect non-LAN TCP and UDP traffic to port.
                            (usually used with '--dns')
  Wifi hotspot options:
    --ap <wifi interface> <SSID>
                            Create Wifi access point
    -p, --password <password>   
                            Wifi password
    --qr                    Show Wifi QR code in terminal
    --hidden                Hide access point (not broadcast SSID)
    --no-virt               Do not create virtual interface
                            Using this you can't use same wlan interface
                            for both Internet and AP
    -c <channel>            Channel number (default: 1)
    --country <code>        Set two-letter country code for regularity
                            (example: US)
    --freq-band <GHz>       Set frequency band: 2.4 or 5 (default: 2.4)
    --driver                Choose your WiFi adapter driver (default: nl80211)
    -w <WPA version>        '2' for WPA2, '1' for WPA, '1+2' for both
                            (default: 2)
    --psk                   Use 64 hex digits pre-shared-key instead of
    --mac-filter            Enable Wifi hotspot MAC address filtering
    --mac-filter-accept     Location of Wifi hotspot MAC address filter list
                            (defaults to /etc/hostapd/hostapd.accept)
    --hostapd-debug <level> 1 or 2. Passes -d or -dd to hostapd
    --isolate-clients       Disable wifi communication between clients
    --ieee80211n            Enable IEEE 802.11n (HT)
    --ieee80211ac           Enable IEEE 802.11ac (VHT)
    --ht_capab <HT>         HT capabilities (default: [HT40+])
    --vht_capab <VHT>       VHT capabilities
    --no-haveged            Do not run haveged automatically when needed

  Instance managing:
    --daemon                Run in background
    -l, --list-running      Show running instances
    --lc, --list-clients <id|interface>     
                            List clients of an instance. Or list neighbors of
                            an interface, even if it isn't handled by us.
                            (passive mode)
    --stop <id>             Stop a running instance
        For <id> you can use PID or subnet interface name.
        You can get them with '--list-running'

    Notice 1:   This script assume your host's default policy won't forward
                packets, so the script won't explictly ban forwarding in any
                mode. In some unexpected case may cause unwanted packets 
                leakage between 2 networks, which you should be aware of if you
                want isolated network

These changes to system will not be restored by script's cleanup:

  1. /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward = 1 and /proc/sys/net/ipv6/conf/all/forwarding = 1
  2. dnsmasq in Apparmor complain mode
  3. Kernel module nf_nat_pptp loaded
  4. The wifi device which is used to create hotspot is rfkill unblocked
  5. Wifi country code, if user specified


  • bash
  • procps or procps-ng
  • iproute2
  • dnsmasq
  • iptables
  • WiFi hotspot dependencies
    • hostapd
    • iw
    • iwconfig (you only need this if 'iw' can not recognize your adapter)
    • haveged (optional)
    • qrencode (opional)


  • WPA3
  • Global IPv6
  • Explictly ban forwarding if not needed
  • Bring bridging method back


Buy me a coffee , this project took me lots of time!

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No? Okay, or just give me a star!

For developers

Many thanks to project create_ap.

This script was forked from create_ap. Now it's quite different from it. (See history branch for how I modified create_ap)

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