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Wireguard Windows Multiple Simultaneous Tunnels

Tue, Jun 8, 2021 6-minute read

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I have just finished a series of articles for the Smart Home Beginner website about setting up Wireguard tunnels. Two of the guides focused on setting up Wireguard as both a “server” and a “client” in Windows if you follow that model. This article is part of a short “Intermediate” level series intended to be a follow up to those articles. I hope to provide some guidance on intermediate topics and configurations. As I learn more, I will add additional articles.

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At the time of writing this, the Wireguard Windows version is 0.3.14.


Currently, the default behavior of the Windows Wireguard program (GUI) only allows a single Wireguard tunnel to be active at a time.

single wireguard windows tunnel

As soon as we activate one, the other is deactivated!

While for the average user this is probably fine, there may be a situation when you would like to have 2 active tunnels.

Using the GUI

This piece was excluded from my beginner’s article because it involves editing the computer’s registry. That might be terrifying to some, but fortunately it’s a relatively painless process. The instructions for doing this are posted in the project’s GitHub docs.

The way the document is written indicates that in a future release, this change won’t be necessary. It appears that the program doesn’t currently check for overlapping addresses and could cause a problem if not properly configured.

Open ‘Regedit’

Begin by hitting the ‘Windows’ key and typing regedit followed by the ‘Enter’ key. This should bring up the User Account Control overlay, answer ‘Yes’.

Once in the registry, we will navigate to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE Right click on the ‘Software’ folder and select ‘New’ –> Key:

Create a new registry key

The Wireguard folder doesn’t exist, let’s create it.

Rename the Key to Wireguard.

Rename new reg key

Rename the new folder (key)

Within the ‘Wireguard’ Key, we can Right-Click, select ‘New’ –> DWORD (32-bit) Value:

new reg value

Rename the new Value to MultipleSimultaneousTunnels:

rename registry value

Open (Double-Click) the new value and set it to 1:

set new value

Click ‘OK’.

Activate Multiple Tunnels via GUI

Going back to our Wireguard Windows window, we can now ‘Activate’ multiple tunnels!

multiple tuns active

Both of my tunnels are active!

Using the Command Line

Some may find it easier to work through the command line. This approach also allows us to script the events if we so wish.

Open Command Prompt as Administrator

Most importantly, these commands must be run as an Administrator. Press the ‘Windows’ key or click the ‘Windows’ button in the bottom left corner of the screen, type cmd and click ‘Run as Administrator’. After the User Access Control window pops up, click ‘Yes’.

CMD as admin

Run the Command Prompt as Administrator

Using the Included Wireguard Commands

The basic command to activate a tunnel goes as follows:

wireguard /installtunnelservice "<config file>"

Config File From the GUI

The config file can be from one of two places. If you setup the tunnel via the GUI, the config file is located in the C:\Program Files\Wireguard\Data\Configurations folder. In my example, it would look like:

wireguard /installtunnelservice "C:\Program Files\Wireguard\Data\Configurations\wireguard.conf.dpapi"
Wireguard cli windows from GUI

Starting a Wireguard tunnel via Command Prompt from a GUI file.

Config File from Outside GUI

The second way is to navigate to a plain conf file. In this case, the command might look like:

  wireguard /installtunnelservice "C:\Users\user\Desktop\peer2.conf"
Wireguard cli windows from conf

Starting a Wireguard tunnel via a provided conf file.


  1. When using a config that you generated through the GUI, the tunnel switches to ‘Active’ in the right pane of the GUI, but shows inactive in the left hand list. This allows you to activate and use another one through the GUI if needed.
  2. There was no output in the Command Prompt to indicate success, but if we look at our Network Adapters, we can see both are up and running.
  3. On that same note, the only way we can see the status of the tunnel we setup with the second method (peer2), is through the command line. As with Linux based installs, use the following command:
wg show "<interface name>"

This command will give a familiar output if you have used the Linux version of Wireguard and gives similar information to the GUI window.

Wireguard cli windows status

We can see the status of our tunnels via Command Prompt the same as through the GUI.

Removing Wireguard Tunnels

Through the GUI

Deactivation through the GUI is done per normal method. Simply right-click and select ‘Toggle’ or ‘Double-Click’ or select the tunnel and click the ‘Deactivate’ button.

Through the Command Prompt

wireguard /uninstalltunnelservice <tunnel name>

In this case we don’t point to the config file, but just use the name of the tunnel itself. In my example from above, it might look like the following:

wireguard /uninstalltunnelservice peer2
Wireguard cli windows remove tun

Remove tunnels quickly via the Command Prompt.

Test the Tunnels

A quick test shows that both servers are reachable. In the example below I have multiple running via the GUI, but the same applies to the CLI method.

multiple tun testing

It’s always a good idea to run a quick test!


According to the above mentioned GitHub page, one of the reasons the current behavior is to only allow a single active connection is to avoid problems caused by overlapping IP addresses. In my brief testing, overlapping addresses caused both tunnels to fail.

In general, it appears there are some difficulties when dealing with Windows Networking as explained in the ‘quirks’ document written by Jason A. Donenfeld, the creator of Wireguard.


While the Windows Wireguard client has been written to handle everything from the average user to enterprise installations, there are a few hidden switches we can flick and knobs to turn to get it working the way we like.

Have a look at some of the scripting we can do to further tune Wireguard to work in a more hands-off manner.

Wireguard appears to be in a fairly mature state, but still the developers find ways to innovate and improve on an already great program. We look forward to where the technology will go!

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