Config NAT Traversal on Rasoberry-pi

English isn’t my native language, please excuse the typing error.

Install Ubuntu Mate @ 16.04

Download the ubunutu mate image torrent for arm platform.

Download SD card Formtter,unzip it, format the SD card.

Write the OS image to empty SD card via these command (more info can click here):

# unmount the disk
diskutil unmount /dev/disk2s1

# write img (must be carefully)
sudo dd bs=4m if=/path_to/ubuntu-mate-16.04.2-desktop-armhf-raspberry-pi.img of=/dev/disk2

Insert the SD card in raspberry-pi, power ups. Then insert the keyword, mouse and screen. or search on google try to login wia ssh connection. it’s very easy. (Notice: if you want to install ubuntu-meta, a screen is prerequisite. You should try to use the rpi official OS: raspbian, which is very like Debian)

Use sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade to update the lib.

SSH Startup Item

More info can click here

sudo apt-get install openssh-server
sudo raspi-config

Select item 3, and enable the SSH (only for rpi)

this operation should add the sshd service into the startup items. if you don’t like use raspi-config, this command may also work (without test):

sudo systemctl enable sshd
sudo systemctl restart sshd

then, you can use sudo systemctl status {service name} to check the state of your service. raspi-config just some quickly settings, Linux OS is univers

NET Travarsal


Seems the rpi don’t have a public Internet Address, and I have a Virtual Private Srver on tencent cloud. So NAT traversal is a good solution:

There are some production about NAT traversal, like ngroknatapp and etc. but the spped and delay are very bad. So I decide to use a open source solution: frp

Just use the simplest config is enough to run it. run frps (server side) on virtal private server, and the frpc (client side) on rpi.

On Server Side, just use nohup to wrapper the command, ensure the process will continue run after operator exit the ssh session.

On Client Side, We ensure the frpc will start Automaticly. After some experiment, I decide to use systemcli to acheve it.

Then use this command bellow to connect the rpi:

ssh -oPort=6000 rpi@x.x.x.x

haha, it’s connected!


you should have a domain for this part:

  1. set your subdomain name resolution to your VPS, to redirect requests to your frps service.
  2. set the sundomain value in frpc configration file
  3. set local_port value in frpc configration file, in order to visit[local_port]
  4. config the http server on your VPS, in order to redirect requests to your frps service which visit the subdomain above.
  5. visit the[vhost_http_port] to visit the[local_port] on your respberry.


Frpc (Client Side):

# download the frp release pkg
tar xzf frp_0.21.0_linux_arm.tar.gz
cd frp_0.21.0_linux_arm

# move the binary and configuration file to current place
sudo mkdir -p /etc/frpc
sudo cp frpc /usr/local/sbin
sudo cp frpc.ini /etc/frpc

# create system service
sudo vim /etc/systemd/system/frpc.service
sudo systemctl start frpc

# register it to system startup item
sudo systemctl enable frpc
# /etc/systemd/system/frpc.service

Description=frpc daemon

ExecStart=/usr/local/sbin/frpc -c /etc/frpc/frpc.ini


server_addr should be your VPS public IP address

user = "your_name"
server_addr = x.x.x.x
server_port = 7000
log_file = /var/log/frp/frpc.log
log_level = info
log_max_days = 7
privilege_token = [token]
login_fail_exit = false

admin_addr =
admin_port = 7400
admin_user = admin
admin_pwd = admin

privilege_mode = true
type = http
local_port = 80
subdomain = frpc
pool_count = 10

privilege_mode = true
type = tcp
local_ip =
local_port = 22
remote_port = [port]
use_gzip = true
use_encryption = true
pool_count = 2

privilege_mode = true
type = tcp
local_ip =
remote_port= 55901-55903

also can view the full configuration file and the docs of frp repo.

# view the frpc service state
sudo systemctl status frpc

Frps (Server Side):

nohup frps -c ~/.frps.ini &
Veiw logs
tail -f nohup.out

frps configuration:

bind_port = 7000
vhost_http_port = [vhost_port]
subdomain_host = [domain]
dashboard_port = 7500
dashboard_user = [username]
dashboard_pwd = [password]
log_file = ./frps.log
log_level = info
log_max_days = 3
privilege_mode = true
privilege_token = [token]
max_pool_count = 50

Beacuse the request for will arrive your VPS’s 80 port by default, If you run a nginx server or apache and etc. you should redirct these requests to frps serive. for example, nginx configuration file should like this:

server {
  listen 80;
  location / {


then reload the nginx config by these command:

sudo nginx -t
sudo nginx -s reload

Thanks for your reading.

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