Set Up TailScale VPN Server on AWS

TailScale website has an excellent collection of documents. I just want to quickly jot down what I did for simpler reference later. A couple of notes:

  • It runs on AWS EC2 instance (t3a.micro) with Ubuntu 22.04
  • It is a server node, a.k.a. exit node in TailScale terms.


curl -fsSL | sudo tee /usr/share/keyrings/tailscale-archive-keyring.gpg >/dev/null
curl -fsSL | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/tailscale.list

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install tailscale

First-time setup

We need to create an account first. Then we will be asked to login and make this machine as server, i.e., exit node.

sudo tailscale up   # perform web login
sudo tailscale up --advertise-exit-node

Log into TailScale website,

  • click on the “…” setting button for the server
  • select “Edit routing …” menu
  • Check “Use as exit node” button.


To use for yourself, simply turn on tailscale on your phone/PC, and use the above server as the exit node.

To share the server with others, go to tailscale web portal and click on “Share …” button for the server.

Disable/remove TailScale

sudo systemctl disable --now tailscaled     # to disable

sudo apt purge tailscale                    # to uninstall

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