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I cannot manage to load the tun module in my ArchLinux box. I’m trying to connect with OpenVPN, but the log says:

nm-openvpn[6662]: Note: Cannot open TUN/TAP dev /dev/net/tun: No such device (errno=19)

lsmod | grep tun

Returns nothing:

If I run:

sudo modprobe tun

It returns failure, but no error message, and lsmod still has no tun. The module seems to exist, as there is a tun.ko.gz in /lib/modules/.

I really dont know what else to try.

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This answer is probably a bit late, but I ran into the problem, exactly as described, myself.

Running OpenVPN would produce:

Note: Cannot open TUN/TAP dev /dev/net/tun: No such file or directory (errno=2)

And running tunctl would produce:

Failed to open '/dev/net/tun' : No such file or directory

And this command had no output:

lsmod | grep tun

When attempting to add the tun module via:

modprobe tun

modprobe would exit with a failure error code (1), and nothing changed.

I found an alternate way of activating the tun module via insmod. First locate the module with this command:

find /lib/modules/ -iname 'tun.ko.gz'

Then use insmod with the returned path (I only got one match), for example:

insmod /lib/modules/3.6.9-1-ARCH/kernel/drivers/net/tun.ko.gz

For me, running that command worked, and tunctl and OpenVPN worked okay afterwards.

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Had this too on my raspberry pi, insmod solved it (after a reboot I can modprobe as usual) – unhammer Jul 5 '13 at 8:05
Thamks! the insmod command works! Had this for an openconnect issue: Failed to open tun device: No such device – Antonio Saco May 9 '14 at 20:05
Root access needed?! – Mr.Hyde Dec 16 '15 at 6:59
can't find /lib/modules/ -iname 'tun.ko.gz' on my Ubuntu 14.04 vps ( – user3479125 Mar 29 at 23:37
can't find it on CentOS 7 either. – snetch May 18 at 17:39

I ran into a similar problem when trying to run openvpn on OVH Cloud VPS, openvpn complains that cannot find TUN interface.

modprobe will always return module not found :

$ sudo modprobe tun
FATAL: Module tun not found.

Finally, I found that tun is not a module but built in kernel, so what I do to solve was created the missing dir and nod:

$ sudo mkdir /dev/net
$ sudo mknod /dev/net/tun c 10 200

And then openvpn can find and use the tun device.

To be noted that afterward, modprobe will still return an error, because tun is not a module.

$ sudo modprobe tun
FATAL: Module tun not found.
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Thanks, I got this problem with OpenVPN Access Server on OVH Classic VPS after doing a dist-upgrade from Debian 7 to Debian 8. You can also do sudo chmod 600 /dev/net/tun like said in this article: After restarting openvpn with sudo service openvpnas restart, I could connect with a client. But when I restart the Linux server, /dev/net/tun does not exist anymore. I don't know if it's normal but I added commands to /etc/rc.local so it will still work after reboot. – baptx Jun 28 '15 at 16:34

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