occtl 1.1.7

occtl(8) - OpenConnect VPN server control tool
  1. occtl(8)
  2. occtl(8)


occtl - OpenConnect VPN server control tool


occtl ['COMMAND']


This a control tool that can be used to send commands to ocserv. When called without any arguments the tool can be used interactively, where each command is entered on a command prompt; alternatively the tool can be called with the command specified as parameter. In the latter case the tool's exit code will reflect the successful execution of the command.


-s, --socket-file=FILE
Specify the server's occtl socket file. This option is only needed if you have multiple servers.
-j, --json
Output will be JSON formatted. This option can only be used with non-interactive output, e.g., 'occtl --json show users'.
-n, --no-pager
No pager will be used over output data.
Provide more verbose information in some commands.
-h, --help
Display usage information and exit.
-v, --version
Output version of program and exit.


This tool uses unix domain sockets to connect to ocserv.


The tool can be run interactively when run with no arguments. When arguments are given they are interpreted as commands. For example:

$ occtl show users

Any command line arguments to be used as options must precede the command (if any), as shown below.

$ occtl --json show users

Exit status

Successful program execution.
The operation failed or the command syntax was not valid.


ocserv(8), ocpasswd(8)

Copyright (C) 2013-2017 Nikos Mavrogiannopoulos and others, all rights reserved. This program is released under the terms of the GNU General Public License, version 2.


Written by Nikos Mavrogiannopoulos. Many people have contributed to it.

  1. June 2023
  2. occtl(8)