[Knowledge] Outline: Access to the free and open Internet

Outline: Access to the free and open Internet

Outline makes it easy to create a VPN server, giving anyone access to the free and open internet.

Outline enables anyone to access the free and open internet more safely by running their own VPN. Running your own VPN server through Outline makes accessing the internet safer and establishes a connection that is harder to block.

Why Outline?

Outline lets anyone create, run, and share access to their own VPN. Outline is designed to be resistant to blocking. It lets you control your server setup, including where your server is located. Outline uses transparent technology, is fully open source, and has been audited by two security firms to make sure its technology remains state-of-the-art and secure.

  • Blocking Resistant

    Outline is resistant to some of the most sophisticated forms of blocking including DNS, content, and IP blocking. Users report that Outline works even when other popular VPNs are blocked or fail to connect.

  • Scale

    Share access to your Outline server easily right from the Outline manager. Create unique access keys from the Manager desktop application and share with your trusted network via email or social media. With Outline, you can support hundreds of users by giving them access to your server, or just share access with your close contacts.

  • Control

    Outline gives you control over how you access the internet by giving you control over your own server. It lets you decide where your server is located and who has access to it. The Outline Manager allows you to set data limits for each user accessing your server via the Client App.

Two Products that Work Together

Outline consists of two products that are interdependent.

  • Outline Manager makes it easy to create your own VPN server. Set up your own server and share access keys directly from the desktop application. Outline Manager is available on all desktop systems.

  • Outline Client is a simple, easy-to-use app that lets you share access to your VPN with anyone in your network. Download the app on mobile or desktop to protect all of your devices. Connect to your server using your unique access key, generated by the Outline Manager.


[1] - https://getoutline.org/

[2] Jigsaw-Code/outline-server: Outline Manager, developed by Jigsaw. The Outline Manager application creates and manages Outline servers, powered by Shadowsocks. It uses the Electron framework to offer support for Windows, macOS and Linux. - https://github.com/Jigsaw-Code/outline-server

[3] Jigsaw-Code/outline-client: Outline clients, developed by Jigsaw. The Outline clients use the popular Shadowsocks protocol, and lean on the Cordova and Electron frameworks to support Windows, Android / ChromeOS, Linux, iOS and macOS. - https://github.com/Jigsaw-Code/outline-client

[4] Outline VPN - Access to the free and open internet - https://apps.apple.com/us/app/outline-app/id1356178125

[5] Jigsaw - https://jigsaw.google.com/

[6] April – 2021 – Myo Kyaw Htun - https://myokyawhtun.com/2021/04

[7] SatoshiVPN | How to install Outline on your own server from scratch - https://satoshivpn.com/learn/how-to-install-outline-on-your-own-server-from-scratch