Configure 2FA TOTP & Google Authenticator

This how-to will show you how to setup a One-time Password 2 Factor Authentication using OPNsense and Google’s Authenticator. All services of OPNsense can be used with this 2FA solution, with the exception of console/ssh access.



To use the same feature with any time based one-time password token just enter the seed into the field in step 3 instead of creating a new seed. The seed needs to be in base32 format.

Step 1 - Add New Authentication Server

To add a TOTP server go to System->Access-Servers and press Add server in the top right corner. Then fill in the form as follows:

Descriptive name TOTP Server Choose a server name
Type Local+Timebased One Time Password Select the TOTP server Type
Token length 6 6 for Google Authenticator
Time window   Leave Empty for Google Authenticator
Grace period   Leave Empty for Google Authenticator

Step 2 - Install Google Authenticator

Go to the App Store of your platform and search for Google Authenticator. Install using the normal procedure for your device.

Step 3 - Add or modify user

For this example we will create a new user, go to System->Access-Users and click on the plus sign in the lower right corner.

Enter a Username and Password and fill in the other fields just as you would do for any other user. Then select the Generate new (160bit) secret under OTP seed.

When done press Save.

Step 4 - Activate Authenticator for this OTP seed

To activate your new OTP seed on the Google Authenticator, first reopen the user you just created by clicking on the pencil icon.


Now it will show a QR code:



Be very careful with the seed or QR code as this is the only thing you need to calculate the token. KEEP YOUR SEED/QR CODE SAFE !

Now open your Google Authenticator application and select the option to start the configuration and then scan the QR code or alternatively enter the seed directly.


Step 5 - Test the token

For testing the user authentication, OPNsense offers a simple tester. Go to System->Access->Tester

Select the Authentication server you have configured, and enter the user name. Then enter the *token + password, remember the order is token and then password in the same field.


Password field should be used to enter both token and your password, like: Password: 123456PASSWORD

Hit the test button and if all goes well you should see successfully authenticated.


Step 6 - Using the token

To use the token in any application/service that you have configured, just open the Google Authenticator and add the created token/key before your regular password.


Remember, you need to enter the token before you password! And the password field should be used to enter both token and your password, like: Password: 123456PASSWORD

The code will change every 30 seconds. Sample code: