Default route via VPN while keeping LAN & services available

OpenVPN is working great and all, but I was having trouble getting my other LAN hosts to connect to the OpenVPN client system (a Raspberry Pi) while also keeping the services I normally run on it available from the internet. On the remote server, I was using redirect-gateway def1, which works but makes some assumptions about how you intend to use it.

After a lot of frustration and perusal of almost-but-not-quite posts on OpenVPN troubleshooting, I came across an article which didn’t mention OpenVPN but instead discussed how to set default routes for multiple interfaces.

Here’s what I took away. Extra lines in /etc/openvpn/client.conf:

and in multiple_gateways.sh:

One caveat: I haven’t done a ton of testing, and after rebooting my Pi, it didn’t come up cleanly, so a down.sh script may be needed to tear down the extra config when OpenVPN disconnects. That being said, I have services available from the internet, connections from the LAN to the Pi working, and the default route for outgoing connections still going over the VPN.

Author: Charlie Herron

Denizen of Portland, Maine; tech jack; lover / hater / whatever; philosophical dabbler. http://twitter.com/realgeek