no easy-rsa to install on my debian

  • Posted on February 7, 2015
  • elearnAsked by elearn

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

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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