Which App to Choose?

Updated: March 19, 2021

GLOSSARY

Officially supported: Apps we recommend. We provide installation and troubleshooting support on these apps only. Other apps are only on a best-effort basis.

Stability: A measurement of the frequency of disconnections and speed fluctuations, as well as the likelihood of encountering various issues.

Windows

Recommendation: Netch or V2rayN for Xray. Netch or Clash for Shadowsocks. Netch for gaming. If you are still running v2ray, please update to Xray as soon as possible (you will need to get the latest app versions from our website and the new API for it).

If you don't need to game with it, we personally find v2rayN easier to use.

Both Netch and V2rayN run on the same Xray-core, so either one will give you about the same speeds.

Clash... is always behind the curve when it comes to protocol support. But some prefer the UI and the ability to add their own split-tunneling rules.

v2rayN

Netch

SSR

Clash

OpenVPN

Officially supported

Xray

v2ray

SSR

Eclipse

Ease of Use

🟧

🟧

🟨

Speed

🟧

Stability

🟨

🟨

TCP

UDP

🟨

Netflix support

🟧

Gaming

🟧

May need separate software

🟨

May need separate software

🟥

Mac OS

Recommendation: Latest ClashX version (at the very least, version 1.30.1 and up).

ONLY use Qv2ray if you are up to the challenge. It is not an easy app to setup, even if it is the only app that supports Xray.

ClashX

V2rayU

Qv2ray

Tunnelblick

Officially supported

Xray

v2ray

SSR

Eclipse

Ease of Use

🟧

🟨

Speed

🟨

🟨🟧

Stability

🟨

TCP

UDP

✅🟨

Netflix support

🟧

Gaming

🟨

May

need

separate

software

🟧

May

need

separate

software

🟨

May

need

separate

software

🟥

iOS

Recommendation: Shadowrocket. Only Shadowrocket.

Shadowrocket

Quantumult

OpenVPN

Officially supported

Xray

v2ray

SSR

Eclipse

Ease of Use

✅🟨

🟨

Speed

🟨

🟨🟧

Stability

✅🟨

🟨

TCP

UDP

✅🟨

Netflix support

🟧

Gaming

🟨

🟨

🟧

Android

Recommendation: Latest V2rayNG with Xray. ClashR otherwise. Performance of all apps highly dependent on Phone type, Android version, and CPU.

v2rayNG

ClashR

SSR

OpenVPN

Officially supported

Xray

v2ray

SSR

Eclipse

Ease of Use

🟨

Speed

🟨

🟨🟧

Stability

🟨

🟨

TCP

UDP

Netflix support

🟨

🟧

Gaming

🟨

🟨

🟨

🟥

Linux

To be done...

Routers

Recommendation: OpenWRT with Passwall isntalled. You can usually get one on taobao, but make sure you ask the seller if Passwall is already installed or not. Otherwise, Merlin-Koolshare routers can be installed later, but they do not support Xray, so we'd recommend trying to get Passwall on OpenWRT if at all possible.

Routers are NOT officially supported. Support provided on a best-effort basis.

If you get a OpenWRT or Padavan router, it is HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommended to get it pre-installed. Installing it yourself is very complicated, if not impossible. We do not provide guides or support on how to install OpenWRT or Padavan due to the complexity.

Merlin

OpenWRT

Padavan

Officially supported

Xray

Latest

Passwall only

v2ray

SSR

Eclipse

Installation

🟧

MUST be

pre-installed

🟨

Usually pre-installed

Ease of Use

🟨

🟨

Speed

🟨

Stability

🟨

TCP

UDP

🟨

🟨

Netflix support

Gaming

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