Many people ask about the packet breakdown of WireGuard, and though this is explained in  and , many find this ancient mailing list thread, which now contains out of date information. So this email is to bring the thread up to date, for folks who stumble upon it.
The overhead of WireGuard breaks down as follows: - 20-byte IPv4 header or 40 byte IPv6 header - 8-byte UDP header - 4-byte type - 4-byte key index - 8-byte nonce - N-byte encrypted data - 16-byte authentication tag So, if you assume 1500 byte ethernet frames, the worst case (IPv6) winds up being 1500-(40+8+4+4+8+16), leaving N=1420 bytes. However, if you know ahead of time that you're going to be using IPv4 exclusively, then you could get away with N=1440 bytes.  https://www.wireguard.com/protocol/  https://www.wireguard.com/papers/wireguard.pdf _______________________________________________ WireGuard mailing list WireGuard@lists.zx2c4.com https://lists.zx2c4.com/mailman/listinfo/wireguard