Twingate Connectors can either be run in a Docker container or as a
systemd service on the host.
- Docker containers are the most flexible in terms of support for any Linux distribution but involve some additional management overhead.
systemd-compatible service is supported on several Linux distributions. Running as a native system service is the most robust option with lower management overhead.
If you are running a Connector on a Linux host or VM, there are just two steps to follow to deploy a container-based Twingate Connector:
Ensure that Docker is installed and running. Detailed steps for Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, and CentOS are available from Docker, or you can use the following convenience script, which works on any Linux platform:
curl -fsSL https://get.docker.com -o get-docker.sh sudo sh get-docker.sh # Verify Docker is installed and running sudo docker run hello-world
Follow the Twingate Connector deployment instructions to deploy a new Connector on your Linux host.
We only recommend installing Docker via the official distribution channel by following the instructions above. Different channels may have out of date versions of Docker that are not compatible with the Connector image requirements.
For Amazon Linux, we recommend following the Twingate Connector deployment instructions to deploy a pre-built AMI, which has the
systemd Connector service pre-installed.
For Linux distributions that we support, we test supported versions until they reach end of life (EOL). Currently, the following distributions are supported:
Ubuntu18.04 LTS (Bionic), 20.04 LTS (Focal), 22.04 LTS (Jammy)
- Only Ubuntu LTS (Long Term Support) versions are officially supported.
- Ubuntu versions are supported until end of standard support.
- Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will reach end of life on May 31, 2023, at which time it will no longer be supported by Twingate. Read Twingate’s Ubuntu end of life plan.
CentOSStream 8, Stream 9
- CentOS Linux 7 is not officially supported due to distribution incompatibilities.
Debian10 LTS (Buster), 11 LTS (Bullseye)
The Connector service may run on other Linux distributions, but we cannot offer support for additional distributions at this time. If you have a distribution that you would like official support for, please contact us.
Installation of the
systemd Connector service can be performed in a single command with the necessary environment variables set.
Follow the Twingate Connector deployment instructions to provision a new Connector. Copy the
REFRESH_TOKENvalues for the connector. You will use these in the installation step below.
Run the following command, adding your own values for the environment variables.
TWINGATE_URLshould be the URL for your Twingate account, eg.
TWINGATE_REFRESH_TOKENvalues should be copied from the Connector provisioning command in the previous step.
curl "https://binaries.twingate.com/connector/setup.sh" | sudo TWINGATE_ACCESS_TOKEN="" TWINGATE_REFRESH_TOKEN="" TWINGATE_URL="https://<YOUR TWINGATE SUBDOMAIN>.twingate.com" bash
Verify that the Connector service is running.
sudo systemctl status twingate-connector
You can find the Connector configuration file in
/etc/twingate/connector.conf. The three environment variables in the run command above must be set in the configuration file in order for the Connector service to start and run.
Configuration and management
Connector configuration can be found in
/etc/twingate/connector.conf. For the Connector to run, three settings must be present with valid values. For example, if you Twingate account is
autoco.twingate.com, your configuration file should look like this:
TWINGATE_URL=https://autoco.twingate.com TWINGATE_ACCESS_TOKEN=a948904f2f0f479b8f8197694b... TWINGATE_REFRESH_TOKEN=b64064fece69a4edc7ff87f86f...
Connector token values can be generated in the Twingate Admin console by provisioning or re-provisioning a Connector.
Note that Connector tokens are unique to each individual Connector and they cannot be shared between Connectors.
The following standard commands can be run to manage the
systemd Connector service.
# Connector status sudo systemctl status twingate-connector # Stop the Connector service sudo systemctl stop twingate-connector # Start the Connector service sudo systemctl start twingate-connector # Restart the Connector service (eg. for configuration file reload) sudo systemctl restart twingate-connector # Start the Connector service automatically at boot sudo systemctl enable twingate-connector # Stop the Connector service from starting automatically at boot sudo systemctl disable twingate-connector
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