Gatorlink VPN

UF Gatorlink VPN Service

The Gatorlink VPN service provides secure remote access to the University of Florida network and makes it appear as if your computer were physically attached to the campus network. By using the Gatorlink VPN client, you may access resources on the UF network that are not typically available over an Internet path. These may include:

  • Windows file shares.
  • Private IP addressed systems (10.x.x.x, 172.16.x.x).
  • UF Library Journals.
  • Software licensing services

The Gatorlink VPN service is based primarily on the Cisco Anyconnect VPN client. This client supports a wide range of operating systems including Windows ,Mac, Linux, Apple IOS and Android. It is based on SSL transport rather than IPsec which was supported by the older client. Anyconnect will also work on networks which use heavy firewalling and/or network address translation. Features include auto-update and auto-policy synchronization which eliminate the need to update the client manually.

Once you install the client, you will automatically be updated when a new client is available. The client is SSL based and supports the full Gatorlink VPN tunnel feature set including campus-only tunnels as well as departmental VPNs. It is not a Java based client, and does not require Java.

UF Gatorlink VPN Service Page:

VPN Download Page:


  • How do I VPN to the Health network?
    1. Launch the Anyconnect client
    2. Enter in the server address:
    3. Enter in your Gatorlink username with the Health option:
    4. Authenticate with your Gatorlink password
  • If my Gatorlink account is two-factored, how can I direct the VPN to use a different factor/device other than my default factor/device?

The Gatorlink VPN supports “append mode“

How to use append mode:

Enter your password and the authentication method you want to use, separated with a comma. It will look something like this:


In place of authentication_method:

Type… To…
password,passcode Log in using a passcode, either generated with Duo Mobile, generated by your hardware token, or provided by an administrator.
Examples: “mypass123,123456” or “mypass123,1456789”
password,push Push a login request to your phone (if you have Duo Mobile installed and activated on your iOS, Android, or Windows Phone device). Just review the request and tap “Approve” to log in.
password,phone Authenticate via phone callback.

You can also add a number to the end of these factor names if you have more than one device registered. For example, push2 will send a login request to your second phone, phone3 will call your third phone, etc.