[strongSwan] Strongswan[5.4.0] unix:///var/run/charon.vici

Andreas Steffen andreas.steffen at strongswan.org
Tue May 10 09:59:38 CEST 2016

Hi Rajeev,

is the charon daemon running? If not, either start charon manually:

   sudo /usr/local/libexec/ipsec/charon &

or if your Linux distribution still uses upstart, copy the
following script to /etc/init.d/


and start the charon daemon in the appropriate runlevels.

If your Linux distribution uses systemd instead, compile and
install strongSwan with

    ./config --enable-systemd

and enable and start the strongswan-swanctl service.

BTW - in order to use the vici socket you must be root. Thus

   sudo swanctl --load-conn

Best regards


On 09.05.2016 16:34, rajeev nohria wrote:
> I am new user of Strongswan and running 5.4.0. After creating
> certificates and configuring two Ubuntu m/c with Strongswan 5.4.0. I try
> to create connection as following and get error. Please advise, how to
> resolve following issue?
> $swanctl --load-conn
> connecting to 'unix:///var/run/charon.vici' failed: No such file or
> directory
> Error: connecting to 'default' URI failed: No such file or directory
> strongSwan 5.4.0 swanctl
> usage:
> Thanks,
> Rajeev
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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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