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strongswanaws (5) Versions 0.1.7

Installs/Configures StrongSwan

cookbook 'strongswanaws', '= 0.1.7', :supermarket
cookbook 'strongswanaws', '= 0.1.7'
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StrongSwan AWS Cookbook



The StrongSwan AWS Cookbook creates an AWS-compatible IPSec tunnel on a node.


This cookbook works with StrongSwan, an open-source IPSec-based VPN solution.

It has been tested with StrongSwan 5.1.2, as packaged for Ubuntu.

Supported Platforms

| Distribution | Version |
| Ubuntu       | 14.04   |

Cookbook Dependencies

This cookbook does not depend on any other cookbooks.


This cookbook uses the following attributes.

| Key                          | Type    | Description                           | Default  |
| ['awsstrongswan']['debug']   | Boolean | Cause charon to log debug information | true     |
| ['awsstrongswan']['tunnels'] | Array   | Tunnels to which to connect           | empty [] |

These attributes can be set as below.


"default_attributes": {
  "strongswanaws": {
    "debug": true


"default_attributes": {
  "strongswanaws": {
    "tunnels": [
        "name": "tunnel-to-other-vpc",
        "local_network": "",
        "remote_network": "",
        "tunnel_ip": ""

Data Bags

This cookbook makes use of a data bag named strongswanaws.

The data bag should contain a single item named tunnel_keys.

The item tunnel_keys should look as shown below.

  "id": "tunnel_keys",
  "key_configs": [
      "name": "tunnel-to-other-vpc",
      "psk": "Ep53A1ZqY6f.KWO90LABLzfRZyf62GyM",
      "source_ips": [

There may be zero or more tunnels in the tunnel_keys list.


This cookbook contains the following recipes.

  • strongswanaws::default - This recipe is empty. It allows the cookbook to be included without running an action.

  • strongswanaws::server - This recipe does the following.

    • Installs StrongSwan
    • Sets system-wide limits with sysctl
    • Runs Charon
    • Sets StrongSwan start on boot
  • strongswanaws::tunnels - This recipe does the following.

    • Writes PSK's to the secrets file
    • Configures tunnels to which StrongSwan will connect


Include the server recipe to only install StrongSwan and set system limits.

"run_list": [

Include both server and tunnels recipes to configure StrongSwan to establish one or more IPSec sessions.

"run_list": [


strongswanaws::connection - Add an IPSec session for StrongSwan to establish


  • connection_name - A string to label an IPSec session (name attribute)
  • local_network - A CIDR-formatted network address (required)
  • remote_network - A CIDR-formatted network address (required)
  • remote_gateway - An IPv4 address (required)
  • startup_operation - A string to indicate the desired initial state of the tunnel (one of 'add', 'route', 'start')


strongswanaws_connection 'remote_tunnel' do
  connection_name   'remote_tunnel'
  local_network     ''
  remote_network    ''
  remote_gateway    ''
  startup_operation 'start'

Dependent cookbooks

This cookbook has no specified dependencies.

Contingent cookbooks

There are no cookbooks that are contingent upon this one.


Initial release of strongswanaws

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