RaspAP lets you quickly get a wireless access point up and running to share the connectivity of many popular Debian-based devices, including the Raspberry Pi. Our popular Quick installer creates a known-good default configuration that “just works” on all current Raspberry Pis with onboard wireless. A responsive interface gives you control over the relevant services and networking options. Advanced DHCP settings, OpenVPN client support, SSL, security audits, themes and multilingual options are included.
RaspAP has been featured on sites such as Instructables, Adafruit, Raspberry Pi Weekly and Awesome Raspberry Pi and implemented in countless projects.
With the prerequisites done, you can proceed with either the Quick installer or Manual installation steps below.
Install RaspAP from your device’s shell prompt:
curl -sL https://install.raspap.com | bash
The installer will complete the steps in the manual installation (below) for you.
After the reboot at the end of the installation the wireless network will be configured as an access point as follows:
IP address: 10.3.141.1
DHCP range: 10.3.141.50 to 10.3.141.255
Note: As the name suggests, the Quick Installer is a great way to quickly setup a new AP. However, it does not automagically detect the unique configuration of your system. Best results are obtained by connecting to ethernet (eth0) or as a WiFi client, also known as managed mode, with wlan0. For the latter, refer to this FAQ. Special instructions for the Pi Zero W are available here.
This feature uses DNS blacklisting to block requests for ads, trackers and other undesirable hosts. To enable ad blocking, simply respond to the prompt during the installation. As a beta release, we encourage testing and feedback from users of RaspAP.
By default RaspAP configures a routed AP for your clients to connect to. A bridged AP configuration is also possible. Slide the Bridged AP mode toggle under the Advanced tab of Configure hotspot, then save and restart the hotspot.
Note: In bridged mode, all routing capabilities are handled by your upstream router. Because your router assigns IP addresses to your device’s hotspot and its clients, you might not be able to reach the RaspAP web interface from the default 10.3.141.1 address. Instead use your RPi’s hostname followed by .local to access the RaspAP web interface. With Raspbian default settings, this should look like raspberrypi.local. Alternate methods are discussed here.
RaspAP lets you create an AP with a Wifi client configuration, often called AP-STA mode. With your system configured in managed mode, enable the AP from the Advanced tab of Configure hotspot by sliding the Wifi client AP mode toggle. Save settings and start the hotspot. The managed mode AP is functional without restart.
Note: This option is disabled until you configure your system as a wireless client. For a device operating in managed mode without an eth0 connection, this configuration must be enabled before a reboot.
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We find Armbian particularly well-suited for this project. Please note that “supported” is not a guarantee. If you are able to improve support for your preferred distro, we encourage you to actively contribute to the project.
RaspAP uses GNU Gettext to manage multilingual messages. In order to use RaspAP with one of our supported translations, you must configure a corresponding language package on your RPi. To list languages currently installed on your system, use locale -a at the shell prompt. To generate new locales, run sudo dpkg-reconfigure locales and select any other desired locales. Details are provided on our documentation site.
See this list of supported languages that are actively maintained by volunteer translators. If your language is not supported, why not contribute a translation? Contributors will receive credit as the original translators.
OpenVPN may be optionally installed by the Quick Installer. Once this is done, you can manage client configuration and the openvpn-client service with RaspAP.
To configure an OpenVPN client, upload a valid .ovpn file and, optionally, specify your login credentials. RaspAP will store your client configuration and add firewall rules to forward traffic from OpenVPN’s tun0 interface to your configured wireless interface.
Note: this feature is currently in beta. Please read this before reporting an issue.