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Free Public VPN Relay Servers (Hosted by Volunteers) @ VPN Gate


"Free Access to World Knowledge Beyond Government's Firewall."

VPN Gate ia an academic experiment project at National University of Tsukuba, Japan.

I've known this free public service for a while and occasionally use it when I need Japanese ip address access to some Japanese sites where georestriction is in place. I constantly see VPN servers from Japan, USA and South Korea up and running. Good on them. Sadly don't see Oz servers that often :(

This site provides free VPN service from volunteer servers for free access to the counties where volunteer servers are set up. Available for Windows, Mac and, iPhone/iPad and Android.

You can simply use their public VPN service as a client or join to set up your VPN server and help people who need free access to online information without authority's restrictions and censorship.

Support information freedom and help people from where information is restricted by authorities.

The site says 'Visit our another VPN project, "SoftEther Project".
This is the parent project. VPN Gate is a child project of SoftEther Project.'
The SoftEther Project URL is

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    Do they have any app?

    • +3 votes

      They provide SoftEther VPN software as an option for server set up and client connection(Windows only). See their connection set up instruction page. Looks easy. I've only so far used with Android phone.

    • +4 votes

      I've been using this for many years to get a Japanese IP address. Their windows app is pretty good. You can choose a VPN server from list. You can install this one. https://www.vpngate.net/en/howto_softether.aspx

      For Mac, it's not so easy. You'll need to go through manual setup and you can't choose from a list within the app and just click. You'll have to choose from the list in web to use it. I'd recommend if you're using Windows.

      There are usually VPN servers available from US and South Korea if you're looking after it.

    • +1 vote

      I just use a program like Tunnelblick (Mac) or OpenVPN (iOS/Windows) which can load the VPN profiles from vpngate


    Years ago it's the only stable and free VPN for me to play Kancolle and see the world outside­čą║




      Damn, this VPN system got me through high school. Who knows what life would be like if I didn't discover Kancolle and and a way to get past the school's website blocker.

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    Won't these get abused?

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      Yea my thought exactly.

      I appreciate the volunteers that are willing to help those who need to bypass geo restrictions to buy ebooks etc, but I fear these volunteers are putting themselves in danger of a surprise raid once shady folks start using volunteers' ip as exit point to do illegal stuff.

      • -3 votes

        What could be shadier than buying an eBook outside of the geo restrictions? That's no different to slapping the workers at the Australian ebook distribution corporation in the face and snatching the food out of their children's hands before kicking them all down the salt mines.

        • +3 votes

          Sure, except that I buy Japanese/korean language ebook to read and other platform don't have them available. Still wrong yea, but what do you expect me to do? Fly over to the country to purchase the right way?

          And are you really asking if there more shadier activity than bypassing geo restriction to buy ebook.?


            @paradoxez: We use ebookjapan and Amazon.jp for Japanese ebooks and do not need a VPN.

            Granted ebj was a tedious process when they moved to yahoo but it works & I pay with Aus cc, no issues there.

            Which ebook sites need a VPN?

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          What about downloading scientific papers without paying $50 to further humanity where none of that goes to the authors?

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          amazon.gov.au - Correctional Salt Mines Dept.


        I think the main problem is those that think IP signifies end user, when it's simply not true.

        If a business provides free Wifi to patrons, they should not be held liable for the behaviour that those patrons use the Wifi service for. Same applies to libraries, airports, ISPs etc.
        Why should it be any different for volunteers offering VPN endpoints?


      They have anti abuse policy info on their site.


    So like Hola VPN?

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      Holas its worse, they actually sell your bandwidth.

      You give them 50mbps, you get 20mbps over vpn and they sell the remaining 30mbps.


    So like tor, but you have to trust the endpoint isn't harvesting your data? I'd just stick with tor…


      I believe most VPNGate endpoints state that they log information and hold it for a few weeks. Of course, you don't know what they decide to do with that data, but I think they're straightforward in saying that they do log it.

      Tor still has the same issue with exit nodes - they could be logging/intercepting your data all the same. The only difference with Tor is that the source is somewhat more obscured via relays.

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    I've used them before, specifically SoftEther VPN. There are a lot of settings and it can be quite confusing, but their documentation is not bad. You can set up hubs as VPN relays as well (think of it like using a jumpbox).

    It also does UDP hole punching, which is how apps like Teamviewer work. You can connect to your VPN server even if it's behind a firewall. In fact, I used to use this at work. I had my VPN server running in my VM on my work PC. If I'm working from home or anywhere else and I need to access our internal documentation system, or our intranet or any other work resource, I would just use my VPN to do it. Speed is great, very stable and I could even play games on my VM without lag. It certainly beats having to wait for our network team to set up an official company VPN for us (which never happened).

    Furthermore, there is a built-in option that allows you to relay the traffic to an Azure VM that SoftEther VPN hosts. Same idea as how most of the remote access software work. It's a fallback feature, where if the normal UDP hole punching method still doesn't work and you are completely blocked by the firewall, then you can use this Azure VM as relay. Your VPN server and VPN client will make a connection to this relay VM, which just uses port 443 and so it's pretty much guaranteed to work. Then from that point on, it makes a connection to peer the client and server together. This mode is slower but it gets the job done.

    There are some other cool features as well. You can push a VPN route table down and bridge connections, etc. It's very powerful but a lot of the settings can be super confusing unless you read up on the documentations.


      I used to use softether to bypass the school firewalls (using my own personal vps) so i could ssh into my machines


    This is a very cool VPN and I've used it to access Japanese Netflix when NordVPN wasn't working.

    I'd be really careful with what you use this for though, correct me if I'm wrong but I'm pretty sure everything is 100% logged


    doesn't work.
    tried on two macs, big sur and high sierra.

    be ready for some fiddling.
    some of listed servers time out on ping even so whats the hope of connection


    Would this work for Netflix like other vpn service providere


      I have never tried it for Netflix but successful to access videos with geo restriction as well as other commercial sites/apps with such restriction. (I've only tried Japanese and UK IPs) So I expect it works like other VPN services and you choose a server from country you want to connect with.


      Yes! You just have to play around with the selected server


    Beware, they're almost certainly unsafe and steal your data whether it's the researchers or others latching onto what is effectively a global public wifi network. Good if you need a vpn for any non-secure use but don't be surprised if your accounts get sign-in attempts from sri lanka a few weeks later.


      Just clarifying OP, this makes the login details that you are going to use for eg Netflix US visible in the logs, this will not expose to any data that one has on the client computer that will be used to access the VPN ?

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        they're just fearmongering. no reputable site is using unencrypted http


        I don't think your account credentials of Netflix are captured and logged in their server. According to their site, following info explains what are recorded and kept in their logs under anti abuse policy page.

        "A VPN Connection Log entry contains:

        Date and time
        ID, IP address and hostname of destination VPN Server
        Type of action (connect or disconnect)
        Raw IP address and hostname of the source VPN client computer
        Type of VPN protocols (SSL-VPN, L2TP, OpenVPN or SSTP)
        VPN Client software-name, version and id (If available)
        Number of packets and bytes during a VPN connection, and debug information of communication errors
        Log records of destination HTTP/HTTPS hostnames (FQDNs), IP addresses, host names and port numbers of VPN Gate communications through VPN sessions

        No other information will be transmitted to us nor be recorded on our logging server"