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How to configure a wireguard endpoint on Alpine
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This article explains how to configure wireguard on Alpine Linux.


apk add wireguard-tools

Generating keys

The private and public keys for a host can be generated with the following commands:

PRIVATE_KEY=`wg genkey`
PUBLIC_KEY=`printf $PRIVATE_KEY|wg pubkey`
echo private_key: $PRIVATE_KEY
echo public_key: $PUBLIC_KEY


Here is a configuration example of my /etc/wireguard/wg0.conf that creates a tunnel listening on udp port 342 and has one remote peer:

PrivateKey = MzrfXLmSfTaCpkJWKwNlCSD20eDq7fo18aJ3Dl1D0gA=
ListenPort = 342

Endpoint =
AllowedIPs =
PersistentKeepalive = 60

Note that there is no ip address in the Interface section, contrary to other operating systems using the wg-quick tool. Putting one here is invalid and wg will fail with an error.

To implement this example you will need to generate two sets of keys. The configuration for the first server will feature the first server’s private key in the [Interface] section and the second server’s public key in the [Peer] section, and vice versa for the configuration of the second server.

This example is from a machine that can be hidden behind nat therefore I configure a PersistentKeepalive. If your host has a public IP this line is not needed.

To activate the interface configuration, edit /etc/network/interfaces :

auto wg0
iface wg0 inet static
requires eth0
use wireguard

Then run ifup wg0.


The tunnel can be managed with the wg command:

root@hurricane:~# wg
interface: wg0
  public key: 7fbr/yumFeTzXwxIHnEs462JLFToUyJ7yCOdeDFmP20=
  private key: (hidden)
  listening port: 342

  allowed ips:
  latest handshake: 57 seconds ago
  transfer: 1003.48 KiB received, 185.89 KiB sent
  persistent keepalive: every 1 minute