no easy-rsa to install on my debian

  • Posted February 7, 2015

I want to install openvpn on my debian according to the web material :

root@change:~# apt-get install openvpn easy-rsa Reading package lists… Done Building dependency tree Reading state information… Done E: Unable to locate package easy-rsa


I answered my own question, so I thought I would put it here for anyone else who needs it:

I was actually not looking for the config files, but rather the Easy-RSA tools. Normally when you are setting up a VPN you would copy this folder into the /etc/openvpn/ folder and do all your work in there.

I did find them though, the files have simply been relocated to:


And I copy them to where I need them with:

cp -r /usr/share/easy-rsa /etc/openvpn/easy-rsa

What about in my case, where I’ve installed:

apt-get install openvpn easy-rsa

But the directory /usr/share/doc/openvpn/examples/easy-rsa/ does not exist?

I would like to have the Easy RSA OpenVPN Sample config files and they are usually under this directory.

:~# uname

:~# lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description:    Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS
Release:        14.04
Codename:       trusty

:~# cat /proc/version
Linux version 3.13.0-79-generic (buildd@lcy01-24) (gcc version 4.8.2 (Ubuntu 4.8.2-19ubuntu1) ) #123-Ubuntu SMP Fri Feb 19 14:27:58 UTC 2016

:~# cat /etc/*-release
VERSION="14.04.4 LTS, Trusty Tahr"
PRETTY_NAME="Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS"


work! with cp -r /usr/share/doc/openvpn/examples/easy-rsa/2.0/ /etc/openvpn/easy-rsa/

Try this: cp -r /usr/share/doc/openvpn/examples/easy-rsa/2.0/ /etc/openvpn/easy-rsa/

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To get a proper response to questions like these you really need to specify what Debian version you are running. For the purpose of this answer I’m going to assuming that you are running Debian Wheezy, which is the current Stable version.

Debian Wheezy comes with OpenVPN 2.2, where easy-rsa is distributed together with main OpenVPN program. On your Debian system you ought to find easy-rsa under the path /usr/share/doc/openvpn/examples/easy-rsa/.

As of OpenVPN 2.3 easy-rsa is treated as its own program, which is why Ubuntu 14.04 has it as a separate package.

Bonus answer: In case you want OpenVPN 2.3 for your Debian Wheezy you can get it from Debian Backports. One good reason to prefer OpenVPN 2.3 is that it comes with much better IPv6 support.

In Debian 8, install easy-rsa by apt-get install easy-rsa. After this, the easy-rsa directory found in: /usr/share/easy-rsa

or find using: find / -name build-ca

download the easy-rsa pacakge manually using wget


run it !

sudo dpkg -i easy-rsa_2.2.2-1_all.deb

Here is my installation process. The web material is :

gunzip -c /usr/share/doc/openvpn/examples/sample-config-files/server.conf.gz > /etc/openvpn/server.conf nano /etc/openvpn/server.conf #the same as web material echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward nano /etc/sysctl.conf #the same as web material apt-get install ufw ufw allow ssh ufw allow 1194/udp nano /etc/default/ufw #the same as web material nano /etc/ufw/before.rules #the same as web material ufw enable cp -r /usr/share/doc/openvpn/examples/easy-rsa/ /etc/openvpn mkdir /etc/openvpn/easy-rsa/keys nano /etc/openvpn/easy-rsa/vars

root@change:/etc/openvpn/easy-rsa# . ./vars root@change:/etc/openvpn/easy-rsa# ./clean-all -bash: ./clean-all: No such file or directory root@change:/etc/openvpn/easy-rsa# ./build-ca -bash: ./build-ca: No such file or directory

What is the matter with my installation process? "In case you want OpenVPN 2.3 for your Debian Wheezy you can get it from Debian Backports. " to change the statement into some shell commands? to setup the openvpn?

Think for your answer. My debian is wheezy,it is true that easy-rsa is under the path /usr/share/doc/openvpn/examples/easy-rsa/.