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How to set up OpenVPN on macOS

This tutorial will show you how to set up OpenVPN on macOS using the SmartyDNS VPN services. If you don’t have a SmartyDNS account, you can try our services for free for 3 days.

To set up VPN easily we recommend to use the SmartyDNS app.

Here are the steps you should follow:

  1. In order to set up OpenVPN on Mac OS you will have to download and install Tunnelblick, a plug-n-play VPN client for Mac OS X.
  2. Download the latest version of Tunnelblick. Once the software is downloaded install it (1):

    How to set up OpenVPN on Mac OS: Step 1

  3. Click on “Open” (2).

    How to set up OpenVPN on Mac OS: Step 2

  4. Then click on “Launch” (3).

    How to set up OpenVPN on Mac OS: Step 3

  5. Click on “I have configuration files” (4).

    How to set up OpenVPN on Mac OS: Step 4

  6. Then click “OK” (5).

    How to set up OpenVPN on Mac OS: Step 5

  7. Quit Tunellblick (6).

    How to set up OpenVPN on Mac OS: Step 6

  8. Now you will have to download the config files, then to unzip the downloaded file.

    How to set up OpenVPN on Mac OS: Step 7

  9. Right click on the config file you want to use, then click on “Open With”, then click on “Other…” (7).

    How to set up OpenVPN on Mac OS: Step 8

  10. Choose “TunnellBlick” (8), then click on “Open” button (9).

    How to set up OpenVPN on Mac OS: Step 9

  11. Run Tunnellblick and connect (10).

    How to set up OpenVPN on Mac OS: Step 10

  12. In the username (11) and password (12) fields type your VPN username and password, then click “OK” (13).

    Assure you use your VPN username and password from your package, NOT the website account credentials. To find your VPN username and password, sign in to your account on our website, go to “Packages”, click on your package, there you will see your “VPN Login Details” box. If you don’t have a SmartyDNS account, you can try our services for free for 3 days.

    How to set up OpenVPN on Mac OS: Step 11

The connection will be active as long as you don’t log out of your computer.

Tunnelblick’s will attempt to re-establish the connection If your computer will turn to sleep mode or will lose the contact with the server.

To disconnect, simply right click on the OpenVPN server you then choose “Disconnect”.

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