[strongSwan] Using just charon

Andreas Steffen andreas.steffen at strongswan.org
Sat Jul 18 11:46:27 CEST 2015

Hi Ahmad,

if you intend to use the vici plugin then you need neither
starter nor stroke. Just start the charon daemon in the
background. The minimum of plugins you need are e.g.


Best regards


On 07/18/2015 04:26 AM, Mohammad Ahmad wrote:
> Hi,
> I want to run charon and plan to speak to it using a vici plugin I am
> developing.
> With racoon, I run racoon -f /path/to/config but with charon, I see a
> number of tools that can be used to achieve this, stroke, starter,
> ipsec but am unsure which one will require the minimum number of
> packages to be installed (I want to keep that to a minimum).
> More infomation
> I will be adding the ipsec policies manually and am using ipsec in
> tunnel mode. I have two sites behind each of which is a subnet.
> Looking forward to hearing from you guys.
> Ahmad

Andreas Steffen                         andreas.steffen at strongswan.org
strongSwan - the Open Source VPN Solution!          www.strongswan.org
Institute for Internet Technologies and Applications
University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil
CH-8640 Rapperswil (Switzerland)

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