Is there a SonicWall client for Linux? When I searched around I could only find answers several years old.


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There is no special client for SonicWall. Use Openswan on your linux box, configure a tunnel between your box and sonicwall, with NAT traversal. Here are few docs:




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    That's no longer true, FYI, there is now a Sonicwall connection utility for Linux Commented Nov 23, 2014 at 15:05
  • @JustinBuser Details?
    – Jrgns
    Commented Jan 26, 2015 at 5:42
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    NetExtender is the Sonicwall VPN client for desktops (as opposed to an always-on connection, to a satelite office for example). The client does have Linux builds available and works fairly well. If you have the SonicWall Virtual Office enabled on your appliance then you can download the client by going to https://your-sonicwall-public-ip:4433 and logging in with a regular (not "admin") user account. I'm not certain those details are all stock settings, but we've used them a few times on a TZ205 appliance with ~5.8.0+ firmware.
    – STW
    Commented Jun 17, 2015 at 2:39
  • ps) the latest version of NetExtender can also be downloaded after logging in to http://mysonicwall.com - again YMMV depending on what you own and have registered to your account
    – STW
    Commented Jun 17, 2015 at 2:41
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    All three URLs are now dead links.
    – jdgregson
    Commented Sep 29, 2016 at 22:08

The download link for the Linux client from SonicWall is here.

Go to that page, the follow the directions to log in to the Beta site as a guest (username is "demo", password is "password" - as provided on the page), then click the large NetExtender button, which will initiate a download of the latest .tgz file.

Extract it and run ./install as root (using sudo), then run the GUI. The installer has instructions to help you all along the way.

  • @JoãoAbrantes do not ask questions in the comments. If you cannot find the answer in another question, then use the Ask Question button at the top of the page to ask your own question and get your own answers. Commented Mar 27, 2018 at 20:22

As it was remarked that most links in the existing answers were dead and not much information was available, I thought to list below some resources that still exist:

The NetExtender clients (and others) can be downloaded from the Clients Download page and installation notes are available in this Knowledge Base article. Here are the links from the above page:

Some more useful articles :

  • Thank you! NetExtender works for me. It's closed source, it has ugly Java GUI, it causes tons of SELinux warnings, but it gets the job done. The open source solutions ask for ID and shared secret, and I don't have them. NetExtender doesn't even ask for them. The ID is probably GroupVPN, but the shared secret eludes me.
    – proski
    Commented Oct 24, 2017 at 15:30

I'm not sure if this is model specific but where I work we have an Aventail WorkPlace SonicWall VPN. When you put the hostname that you use to connect to it into a browser it takes you to a page that has links where you can download client software to connect to the VPN box. From here there are links to down Linux VPN client software.

The software comes in 32/64 bit formats as tarballs named, AventailConnect-Linux.tar & AventailConnect-Linux64.tar.

The only other branding that I've noticed on the download page is that it says nortel in the title page, and "Aventail Connect with smarttunneling", on the side of the download page.

I wrote up on my blog about this as well, http://www.lamolabs.org/blog/4720/setting-up-aventail-vpn-software-on-linux-fedoracentosrhel/. I included some screenshots in that post of the various pages where you can download the Aventail VPN client software.


If you have a My Sonicwall account, you can download SSL VPN clients for Linux. The Program is called NetExtender.


Note that NetExtender is a gui app intended to run from a desktop session. If you want something that'll run at system level, you'll have to go for OpenSwan or similar.


Download netextender from sonic wall. Add the suffix :4433 to the IP address and specify the domain as LocalDomain. This worked for me.


In case it is still useful. Where I work Connect Tunnel is used, try the connection with NetExtender without success, thanks to this answer browse the demos until you find a link where the installer that was mentioned in other pages "ConnectTunnel-Linux64.tar" is downloaded https://access.sma-demo.com/workplace/access/home there will download a .jar, unzip and follow the steps https://www.dundee.ac.uk/guides/vpn-linux. translated by Google

Por si aun es util. en donde trabajo se usa "Connect Tunnel", intente la conexión con "NetExtender" sin éxito, gracias a esta respuesta navegue por los demos hasta encontrar un link donde se descarga el instalador que se mencionaban en otras paginas "ConnectTunnel-Linux64.tar" https://access.sma-demo.com/workplace/access/home alli descargaran un .jar, se descomprime y se siguen los pasos https://www.dundee.ac.uk/guides/vpn-linux.


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