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Astrill platforms

Platform Speed Stability
Android 221 kbps 97%
Windows 704 kbps 99%

Astrill protocols

VPN: Virtual Private Networks come in many forms. Advantages include security and ease of use. VPNs can be used by any software. Turning the VPN on and off can be slow.

Install Astrill

Android

A. Client download and installation

1. First you need to download the Astrill Android Application: Please visit https://github.com/greatfire/cc and download com.astrill.astrillvpn.apk

Or you can go directly to Google Play store and search for Astrill VPN, as displayed in the screenshot below:

2. Click the Install button to download and install the application. You also need to click to confirm the app permissions.

  

3. Click the installed application, enter your account information and login to use.

4. You can select the server you want from the drop-down list, then click the red button to turn on the VPN connection.

5. You might see a confirmation prompt: allow Astrill to create a VPN connection.

If you have successfully connected, you will see the information as shown below:

2. Explanation of additional settings

By default, the application uses the fast (UDP) mode, and automatically chooses a port. There are other ports (such as 80, 443) that users can set up on their own.

Users can also choose the Reliable (TCP) mode which also allows users to choose any of the above ports.

C. Show Log

This option is used to debug any problems arising from your VPN connection and can be very useful. If you have trouble connecting and need to provide technical details, the information found here will be helpful.

To exit the application, click the Settings button next to the following chart:

Windows

1. To download the Astrill Windows client visit https://github.com/greatfire/cc and download astrill-setup-win.exe

Open the setup file once the download is complete:

2. Double-click the installation file astrill-setup-win.exe. A security prompt might appear in which case click to agree to the install.

3. Click Next according to your preferred options / preferences until the installation is complete.

4. On the login screen, enter your account information to log on. The switch icon should turn blue, showing "ON", which means that you have made a successful connection. If the red switch displays "OFF" then you have not successfully established a connection. If your connection fails then try a different VPN server from the drop-down menu and continue to do so until you have established a successful connection.

5. On first connection, users in China should automatically select the "ChinaOptimized" option. Once you have established a connection, as displayed in the screenshot below, you will be able to see the real-time upload and download speeds and information about the date on which your account expires.

6. In the drop-down menu in the top right corner of the screen, users can choose from three connection modes: "OpenWeb", "OpenVPN" and "StealthVPN". The client is connected by default to "OpenWeb". This mode can be used to browse the Web only and will not work with other apps. IE, Firefox, Chrome and other major browsers all work with "OpenWeb". For global use, use the "OpenVPN" or "StealthVPN" modes.

7. By clicking on the button above "SETTINGS" users can find more settings which provide other different connectivity options.

8. If you feel that your current connected server speed is slow, you can test your local server speed connection. Simply tap the Speed Test option under the Help menu:

9. Click on the “Test all servers” button to test all servers. Click the Test button to test the speed of the selected server. The last column shows Speed - the greater the value on this list then the faster the server is. Please be aware that the speed test takes some time.

10. In addition, if you are using a Mac, you can use the Astrill client drop-down menu in the Menubar. A functional and independent window will open which provides a user with additional options including IP address lookup and cache clearing.

Astrill performance

by month | year

Speed

Stability

Number of tests

All Tests

Created At Platform Location Median Speed Stability
2017-03-22 Windows 294.01 100.00%
2017-03-19 iOS 142.86 97.62%
2017-03-13 Windows 1344.12 100.00%
2017-03-12 Windows 296.11 100.00%
2017-03-12 Windows 332.18 100.00%
2017-03-11 Android 194.93 100.00%
2017-03-11 Android 138.02 100.00%
2017-03-10 Android 119.10 83.33%
2017-03-03 Android 259.84 100.00%
2017-03-02 Mac OS 1096.82 100.00%
2017-03-02 Mac OS 961.61 100.00%
2017-03-02 Mac OS 971.04 100.00%
2017-03-02 Mac OS 756.94 100.00%
2017-03-02 Mac OS 956.12 100.00%
2017-03-02 Mac OS 694.57 100.00%
2017-03-02 iOS 1113.46 100.00%
2017-03-02 iOS 547.14 100.00%
2017-03-02 iOS 1079.13 100.00%
2017-03-01 Mac OS 170.62 92.86%
2017-02-27 Windows 1061.96 97.62%
2017-02-26 Mac OS 333.19 100.00%
2017-02-26 Windows 220.76 95.24%
2017-02-25 Windows 1065.96 100.00%
2017-02-25 Windows 1127.67 100.00%
2017-02-22 Mac OS 600.10 100.00%
2017-02-16 Windows 652.70 100.00%
2017-02-15 Windows 353.58 100.00%
2017-02-13 iOS 141.06 97.62%
2017-02-12 Windows 1622.93 100.00%
2017-02-12 Windows 747.98 100.00%
2017-02-12 Windows 577.73 100.00%
2017-02-12 Windows 1451.73 100.00%
2017-02-12 Windows 471.37 100.00%
2017-02-12 Windows 644.35 100.00%
2017-02-12 Windows 543.41 100.00%
2017-02-10 Windows 560.16 95.24%
2017-02-10 Windows 215.74 100.00%
2017-02-09 Mac OS 2227.25 95.24%
2017-02-08 Windows 358.13 100.00%
2017-02-05 Windows 476.00 95.24%
2017-02-02 Windows 98.07 97.62%
2017-01-31 Windows 433.75 100.00%
2017-01-29 Android 440.71 100.00%
2017-01-29 Windows 436.66 100.00%
2017-01-27 Android 171.64 100.00%
2017-01-26 Windows 2440.04 100.00%
2017-01-25 Windows 578.81 100.00%
2017-01-25 Windows 602.28 100.00%
2017-01-22 Mac OS 372.40 100.00%
2017-01-22 Mac OS 173.72 100.00%
2017-01-22 Mac OS 313.84 95.24%
2017-01-19 Mac OS 1044.28 100.00%
2017-01-12 Mac OS 695.25 95.24%
2017-01-11 Windows 1293.68 100.00%
2017-01-10 Windows 1450.71 100.00%
2017-01-10 Windows 916.82 100.00%
2017-01-09 Windows 623.58 100.00%
2017-01-09 Windows 754.29 100.00%
2017-01-09 Windows 446.77 100.00%
2017-01-09 Windows 1096.90 100.00%
2017-01-09 Windows 1006.02 100.00%
2017-01-09 Windows 1311.60 100.00%
2017-01-09 Linux 481.17 100.00%
2017-01-09 Linux 719.92 97.62%
2017-01-08 Windows 370.09 100.00%
2017-01-08 Windows 340.64 100.00%
2017-01-06 Linux 892.34 100.00%
2017-01-06 Mac OS 1213.50 100.00%
2017-01-06 Android 594.97 100.00%
2017-01-06 Windows 971.11 100.00%
2017-01-04 Windows 1042.91 100.00%
2017-01-03 Windows 584.97 100.00%
2017-01-02 Windows 432.73 76.19%
2016-12-31 Linux 819.78 100.00%
2016-12-31 Android 282.36 100.00%
2016-12-30 Windows 563.96 100.00%
2016-12-30 Linux 451.75 100.00%
2016-12-30 Windows 1051.99 100.00%
2016-12-28 Linux 958.04 85.71%
2016-12-28 Linux 1671.81 85.71%
2016-12-28 Linux 1009.14 85.71%
2016-12-28 Linux 244.59 80.95%
2016-12-28 Linux 256.02 85.71%
2016-12-28 Linux 548.65 85.71%
2016-12-28 Linux 562.48 85.71%
2016-12-28 Linux 1036.77 85.71%
2016-12-28 Linux 1117.56 85.71%
2016-12-28 Windows 121.17 97.62%
2016-12-28 Windows 907.30 100.00%
2016-12-28 Windows 786.11 100.00%
2016-12-23 Windows 329.98 100.00%
2016-12-21 Mac OS 594.83 100.00%
2016-12-21 Windows 225.65 100.00%
2016-12-20 Windows 2696.91 100.00%
2016-12-19 Windows 328.55 100.00%
2016-12-19 Windows 725.25 100.00%
2016-12-19 Windows 690.21 100.00%
2016-12-19 Windows 213.72 80.95%
2016-12-19 Windows 243.98 100.00%
2016-12-15 Windows 1009.51 100.00%
2016-12-15 Windows 615.95 100.00%
2016-12-14 Windows 639.61 100.00%
2016-12-14 Windows 721.49 100.00%
2016-12-14 Windows 939.80 100.00%
2016-12-14 Windows 916.32 100.00%
2016-12-13 Windows 838.05 100.00%
2016-12-13 Windows 940.90 100.00%
2016-12-12 Windows 303.51 100.00%
2016-12-12 Windows 878.37 100.00%
2016-12-11 Linux 2009.90 85.71%
2016-12-11 Windows 504.11 100.00%
2016-12-08 Windows 974.23 100.00%
2016-12-08 Windows 934.41 100.00%
2016-12-08 Windows 853.08 100.00%
2016-12-08 Windows 870.11 100.00%
2016-12-07 Windows 868.59 100.00%
2016-12-07 Windows 745.60 100.00%
2016-12-07 Windows 908.80 100.00%
2016-12-06 Windows 357.73 100.00%
2016-12-03 Mac OS 1424.88 100.00%
2016-12-03 Windows 179.43 100.00%
2016-12-02 Windows 732.71 100.00%
2016-12-01 Windows 810.37 100.00%
2016-12-01 Windows 934.95 100.00%
2016-12-01 Windows 801.94 100.00%
2016-12-01 Windows 658.36 100.00%
2016-11-29 Windows 3404.79 100.00%
2016-11-29 Windows 989.39 100.00%
2016-11-29 Windows 910.69 100.00%
2016-11-29 Windows 676.21 100.00%
2016-11-29 Windows 850.86 100.00%
2016-11-29 Windows 743.78 100.00%
2016-11-29 Windows 644.53 100.00%
2016-11-29 Windows 764.46 100.00%
2016-11-29 Windows 649.68 100.00%
2016-11-29 Windows 570.51 95.24%
2016-11-29 Windows 518.50 95.24%
2016-11-28 Windows 441.63 100.00%
2016-11-28 Windows 273.93 97.62%
2016-11-27 Mac OS 95.95 100.00%
2016-11-24 Android 214.77 100.00%
2016-11-22 Linux 753.81 100.00%
2016-11-22 Android 323.33 100.00%
2016-11-20 Mac OS 226.71 90.48%
2016-11-20 Mac OS 256.71 97.62%
2016-11-20 Mac OS 283.17 90.48%
2016-11-20 Windows 433.02 97.62%
2016-11-20 Windows 139.84 100.00%
2016-11-20 Windows 585.30 100.00%
2016-11-19 Android 364.85 97.62%
2016-11-18 Mac OS 329.21 100.00%
2016-11-14 Windows 631.28 100.00%
2016-11-14 Windows 771.85 100.00%
2016-11-14 Windows 828.81 100.00%
2016-11-11 Windows 192.28 85.71%
2016-11-10 Android 947.98 100.00%
2016-11-08 Android 400.32 100.00%
2016-11-06 Android 381.08 64.29%
2016-11-04 Windows 316.41 97.62%
2016-11-03 Windows 233.47 100.00%
2016-11-01 Windows 165.06 90.48%
2016-10-22 Windows 509.33 100.00%
2016-10-22 Windows 230.97 100.00%
2016-10-21 Windows 688.80 100.00%
2016-10-21 Windows 770.11 100.00%
2016-10-21 Windows 298.94 100.00%
2016-10-17 Windows 2198.46 100.00%
2016-10-16 Windows 371.60 100.00%
2016-10-16 Windows 267.39 100.00%
2016-10-16 Windows 377.48 100.00%
2016-10-15 Android 134.18 97.62%
2016-10-15 Windows 701.36 100.00%
2016-10-14 Mac OS 972.39 100.00%
2016-10-12 Windows 237.44 100.00%
2016-10-12 Windows 133.18 100.00%
2016-10-11 Windows 119.92 88.10%
2016-10-11 Windows 244.03 100.00%
2016-10-11 Mac OS 217.16 100.00%
2016-10-11 Windows 473.10 85.71%
2016-10-11 Windows 228.05 100.00%
2016-10-07 Windows 603.54 100.00%
2016-10-07 Windows 134.16 100.00%
2016-10-06 Mac OS 399.68 100.00%
2016-10-03 Windows 384.82 100.00%
2016-10-02 iOS 355.72 100.00%
2016-10-02 iOS 318.32 100.00%
2016-09-30 Windows 848.45 100.00%
2016-09-30 Windows 238.25 100.00%
2016-09-30 Windows 678.79 100.00%
2016-09-28 Mac OS 191.64 90.48%
2016-09-27 Windows 776.61 100.00%
2016-09-26 Windows 739.59 100.00%
2016-09-25 iOS 254.48 100.00%
2016-09-25 iOS 303.73 97.62%
2016-09-25 iOS 330.85 100.00%
2016-09-23 Windows 937.98 100.00%
2016-09-22 Windows 675.93 100.00%
2016-09-22 Windows 751.31 100.00%
2016-09-22 Windows 719.69 100.00%
2016-09-22 Windows 725.46 100.00%
2016-09-21 Windows 765.84 100.00%
2016-09-19 Mac OS 734.17 100.00%
2016-09-12 Android 275.75 100.00%
2016-08-30 Windows China (Mainland) 北京市 346.29 95.24%
2016-08-27 Windows 中国大陆 广西壮族自治区 562.47 95.24%
2016-08-26 Windows 中国大陆 北京市 457.51 85.71%
2016-08-22 Android 中国大陆 北京市 429.78 95.24%
2016-08-19 Windows 中国大陆 广西壮族自治区 719.57 95.24%
2016-08-15 Android 伊朗 283.67 100.00%
2016-08-13 Windows 中国大陆 北京市 744.92 100.00%
2016-08-12 Android China (Mainland) 北京市 806.71 100.00%
2016-08-06 Windows China (Mainland) 北京市 135.45 80.95%
2016-08-04 Windows China (Mainland) 上海市 223.37 95.24%
2016-08-03 Windows China (Mainland) 北京市 409.64 100.00%
2016-08-03 Windows China (Mainland) 广东省 144.89 92.86%
2016-08-02 Windows 中国大陆 北京市 2900.83 100.00%
2016-08-02 Windows China (Mainland) 北京市 388.68 100.00%
2016-08-02 Windows China (Mainland) 北京市 644.66 100.00%
2016-08-01 Windows China (Mainland) 云南省 26.67 95.24%
2016-08-01 Windows China (Mainland) 云南省 25.85 95.24%
2016-07-31 Windows 中国大陆 北京市 743.11 100.00%
2016-07-30 Windows 中国大陆 浙江省 219.83 100.00%
2016-07-28 Windows 中国大陆 天津市 181.36 100.00%
2016-07-26 Windows China (Mainland) 上海市 282.50 100.00%
2016-07-26 Windows China (Mainland) 上海市 312.96 100.00%
2016-07-25 Windows 中国大陆 广西壮族自治区 686.70 100.00%
2016-07-25 Windows 中国大陆 广西壮族自治区 490.26 100.00%
2016-07-25 Windows 中国大陆 广西壮族自治区 645.41 100.00%
2016-07-24 Windows China (Mainland) 北京市 157.35 97.62%
2016-07-24 Windows 中国大陆 广东省 267.77 100.00%
2016-07-23 Windows 中国大陆 北京市 444.83 100.00%
2016-07-23 Android 中国大陆 山西省 239.59 69.05%
2016-07-22 Android 中国大陆 上海市 218.70 100.00%
2016-07-22 Windows 中国大陆 北京市 676.61 100.00%
2016-07-22 Windows 中国大陆 广东省 164.74 92.86%
2016-07-22 Windows 中国大陆 上海市 176.52 100.00%
2016-07-22 Windows 中国大陆 广东省 223.50 97.62%
2016-07-21 Windows 中国大陆 湖北省 500.66 100.00%
2016-07-21 Windows 中国大陆 湖北省 421.08 100.00%
2016-07-21 Windows 中国大陆 广东省 814.34 100.00%
2016-07-19 Windows shenzhen, china 102.80 100.00%
2016-07-15 Windows China (Mainland) 云南省 1338.13 100.00%
2016-07-14 Windows Other 501.87 100.00%
2016-07-13 Windows Xiamen 214.84 80.95%
2016-07-13 Windows China (Mainland) 广东省 163.72 90.48%
2016-07-12 Windows 中国大陆 山东省 242.60 95.24%
2016-07-12 Windows 中国大陆 山东省 184.18 100.00%
2016-07-12 Android China (Mainland) 云南省 377.25 100.00%
2016-07-11 Windows China (Mainland) 广东省 214.40 100.00%
2016-07-11 Windows China (Mainland) 上海市 171.42 100.00%
2016-07-10 Android 中国大陆 广东省 464.75 95.24%
2016-07-10 Windows China (Mainland) 河北省 440.06 100.00%
2016-07-10 Windows China (Mainland) 河北省 491.25 100.00%
2016-07-10 Windows China (Mainland) 河北省 482.28 100.00%
2016-07-09 Android 中国大陆 上海市 294.23 100.00%
2016-07-09 Windows 中国大陆 福建省 68.81 88.10%
2016-07-09 Windows 中国大陆 福建省 71.50 85.71%
2016-07-09 Windows China (Mainland) 上海市 133.23 100.00%
2016-07-09 Windows China (Mainland) 北京市 344.16 100.00%
2016-07-08 Windows China (Mainland) 广东省 223.98 100.00%
2016-07-08 Windows China (Mainland) shenzhen 182.75 100.00%
2016-07-08 Windows China (Mainland) 北京市 266.05 100.00%
2016-07-07 Android 中国大陆 天津市 224.33 90.48%
2016-07-07 Windows China (Mainland) 北京市 145.99 100.00%
2016-07-07 Windows 中国大陆 北京市 344.84 100.00%
2016-07-07 Windows China (Mainland) 江苏省 377.37 100.00%
2016-07-07 Android China (Mainland) 北京市 351.99 100.00%
2016-07-07 Windows 中国大陆 北京市 108.73 100.00%
2016-07-07 Windows China (Mainland) 南京 126.98 100.00%
2016-07-07 Android China, Shanghai 321.50 100.00%
2016-07-06 Android 中国大陆 北京市 371.69 100.00%
2016-07-06 Android China (Mainland) 广东省 153.10 100.00%
2016-07-06 Windows China (Mainland) 天津市 139.79 100.00%
2016-07-06 Windows 中国大陆 北京市 256.96 100.00%
2016-07-06 Windows China (Mainland) Shenzhen 214.27 97.62%
2016-07-06 Windows 中国大陆 北京市 687.41 100.00%
2016-07-06 Windows China (Mainland) 北京市 122.27 100.00%
2016-07-06 Android China (Mainland) 上海市 146.17 71.43%
2016-07-06 Windows China (Mainland) 陕西省 128.52 92.86%
2016-07-06 Windows China (Mainland) 广东省 266.75 100.00%
2016-07-05 Android China (Mainland) 上海市 270.40 100.00%
2016-07-05 Windows 中国大陆 江苏省 77.67 100.00%
2016-07-05 Windows 中国大陆 四川省 200.98 100.00%
2016-07-05 Windows 中国大陆 山西省 172.54 100.00%
2016-07-05 Windows 中国大陆 广东省 473.76 95.24%
2016-07-05 Windows 中国大陆 浙江省 302.79 100.00%
2016-07-05 Android 其他 102.43 100.00%
2016-07-05 Android China (Mainland) 广东省 441.52 100.00%
2016-07-05 Windows gz 166.95 95.24%
2016-07-05 Windows China (Mainland) 北京市 223.68 100.00%
2016-07-05 Windows 中国大陆 福建省 229.58 78.57%
2016-07-05 Windows China (Mainland) 江苏省 168.59 83.33%
2016-07-05 Windows 中国大陆 浙江省 474.49 100.00%
2016-07-05 Windows 中国大陆 广东省 154.39 95.24%
2016-07-05 Android 伊朗 624.92 71.43%
2016-07-05 Windows China (Mainland) 上海市 549.29 100.00%
2016-07-05 Windows 中国大陆 四川省 191.86 95.24%
2016-07-05 Windows China (Mainland) 上海市 168.49 95.24%
2016-07-05 Windows China (Mainland) 上海市 266.53 95.24%
2016-07-05 Windows 中国大陆 四川省 246.02 95.24%
2016-07-05 Windows China (Mainland) 上海市 149.71 95.24%
2016-07-05 Windows 中国大陆 北京市 627.25 95.24%
2016-06-27 Windows 中国大陆 广东省 367.44 95.24%
2016-06-27 Windows Shanghai 318.39 97.62%
2016-06-26 Windows China (Mainland) 北京市 166.21 97.62%
2016-06-26 Windows 中国大陆 山东省 338.92 100.00%
2016-06-26 Windows 中国大陆 山东省 362.15 100.00%
2016-06-26 Windows 中国大陆 山东省 170.02 100.00%
2016-06-26 Windows 中国大陆 山东省 304.81 100.00%
2016-06-26 Windows 中国大陆 山东省 261.98 92.86%
2016-06-25 Windows 中国大陆 广东省 504.62 95.24%
2016-06-21 Windows 中国大陆 北京市 516.31 95.24%
2016-06-18 Android China (Mainland) 重庆市 1040.37 100.00%
2016-06-16 Windows China (Mainland) 上海市 491.79 92.86%
2016-06-15 Android 伊朗 332.54 85.71%
2016-06-07 Windows China (Mainland) 上海市 803.76 90.48%
2016-05-30 Windows China (Mainland) 北京市 214.05 100.00%
2016-05-26 Windows China (Mainland) 378.22 95.24%
2016-05-18 Android 中国大陆 北京市 259.69 90.48%
2016-05-15 Windows China (Mainland) 广东省 618.95 95.24%
2016-05-14 Android 中国大陆 福建省 337.49 100.00%
2016-05-13 Android 中国大陆 山东省 352.21 92.86%
2016-05-10 Android 中国大陆 山东省 240.41 95.24%
2016-05-10 Windows China (Mainland) 广东省 154.54 95.24%
2016-05-08 Android 中国大陆 四川省 304.99 95.24%
2016-05-03 Windows China (Mainland) chengdu 72.34 85.71%
2016-04-24 Windows China (Mainland) 74.55 100.00%
2016-04-23 Windows Other 537.52 100.00%
2016-04-21 Windows Iran 144.61 100.00%
2016-04-21 Windows Iran 171.12 100.00%
2016-04-21 Windows China (Mainland) 4494.90 95.24%
2016-04-21 Windows Other 2449.78 95.24%
2016-04-21 Windows China (Mainland) 185.08 92.86%
2016-04-20 Windows China (Mainland) 90.89 100.00%
2016-04-20 Windows China (Mainland) 535.19 85.71%
2016-04-20 Windows 中国大陆 908.75 95.24%
2016-04-20 Windows 中国大陆 844.79 95.24%
2016-04-17 Windows China (Mainland) 1190.61 100.00%

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How do you measure the speed of a circumvention tool?

The speed test that we have developed aims to reflect the real user experience. While a visitor to the site runs a test, in the background, their browser is downloading resources from the ten most popular websites in the world. According to Alexa, these sites are Google, Facebook, YouTube, Baidu, Amazon, Yahoo, Wikipedia, QQ, Twitter and Microsoft Live. The speed reported is simply the size of the file downloaded divided by the time taken to download it. We also verify whether the downloaded resource is complete. If the contents returned are incorrect or if the download fails to complete within 40 seconds, we mark it as failed. This data is then used to calculate our other main indicator - stability.

Other speed tests typically just measure download and upload speed by sending a couple of requests to the speed test server itself. The reported speed is not reflective of the user experience because normal browsing involves frequently sending lots of requests (not downloading or uploading one big file) to many different servers, not just one.

Why do you measure the stability of a circumvention tool?

Stability is typically not tested by other services at all. A healthy internet connection anywhere is supposed to deliver 100% stability, unless someone pulls the cable during the test. But using a circumvention tool in China is different. At any point, the connection can become unstable and/or go down completely. Individual requests may fail depending on the size of the request, the final destination and how they are proxied. Thus comparing service stability is just as important if not more important than comparing speed.

Can I test any circumvention tool on the site?

You can use our speed and stability tests with any circumvention tool, whether it is listed on our site or not. VPN users from around China will be able to test their tool on the site and those results will be added to our data. This data will be available for all to see.

Can I see the inner workings of your tests?

Tech savvy users can inspect how we conduct our tests by reviewing our javascript code.

Does GreatFire.org make money if I subscribe to a circumvention tool on this site?

One of the objectives in launching CC is to generate revenue for GreatFire.org. At the moment GreatFire relies on the kindness of individuals who send us donations and from a host of grant-making organizations around the world. We want to reduce our reliance on these organizations and set GreatFire.org on a path of self-sustainability. Visitors to the CC site will be able to purchase any paid-for tool that we currently test. GreatFire will act as a reseller of these tools in China and as such we will be given a portion of each sale by the VPN providers themselves. Users need not be based in China to purchase a circumvention service.

How does CC compare to other VPN review websites?

There are a host of websites that provide “VPN reviews” and “VPN ratings”. But anybody who has visited those sites can quickly see that they act as referral and marketing sites for a small subset of VPN providers and that most of those services do not work in China.

Where did you find those VPNs?

We used this great list of VPNs put together by That One Privacy Guy. We took that list and recruited a team of testers across China and tested almost every tool to see what works and what does not. It will come as little surprise to those in China to know that a very small number of these tools actually work in China.

Do we think that the authorities will use our website to crackdown on VPNs that work?

It would be very easy to completely block all VPNs if the authorities wanted to. However, we believe that they have not because of the importance of allowing access for businesses and for others. The goal of CC is simply to make it easier for all to find the circumvention tools that work the best.

Your tests tell me that my favorite tool does not work but it’s working great for me, what gives? Your tests tell me that my favorite tool works but it’s not working for me, what gives?

Test results can vary according to location, the service you are using to connect to the internet and your device. As more people use this site to test their circumvention tools, we will accumulate more data and will be able to develop a clearer idea of what is working and what is not.

How do you measure “stability”?

When you test your tool on our site in the background we download a certain number of images. If these images do not download or take more than 40 seconds to download then we consider this to be a failed test of stability and we calculate a percentage based on the number of images we attempted to download during the test.

Circumvention Central / GreatFire.org VPN Terms of Service:

Dear user, to provide a better experience, before purchasing a VPN service please carefully read through our terms:

  1. All the VPN services are provided by the respective VPN provider and not by Circumvention Central.
  2. If when using the VPN service you cannot connect to the service or find the service to be unstable, there can be several causes:
    1. Problems with your device or software.
    2. Problems originating from the VPN provider itself.
    3. The Great Firewall has temporarily or permanently blocked the VPN service.
    In case of (a), our customer service will try to assist you in resolving the problem. In the case of (b) or (c), we will alert the VPN provider of the problem and assist them in resolving it.
  3. We provide test data that helps you find a VPN provider that works well. However, if the VPN provider that you selected still does not work for you, we cannot provide a refund. Before choosing a VPN provider, please carefully review the performance data, user reviews or register a free trial account first (if available).

By purchasing a VPN service, you agree to these terms.