OpenVPN® configuration guide for all major platforms

OpenVPN® is one of the most popular protocols to establish a VPN connection thanks to its connection speed, performance, and security qualities. 

More information about OpenVPN® features you can find in the article What is OpenVPN® protocol?

This guide will walk you through the OpenVPN® setup on Mac and will answer such questions as How to configure OpenVPN® on Mac? Where to generate .ovpn files? What is TunnelBlick and why do you need it? So let's start!

How to Configure OpenVPN® on Mac


I. Generate OpenVPN® configuration files

First of all, you need to create the OpenVPN® configuration files, also known as .ovpn files:  

  1. Go to your User Office and log in with your KeepSolid ID. 
  2. Find the VPN Unlimited service and press Manage.  
  3. In the Manual Configurations section, select a device from the list or create another one. 
  4. Pick the desired location of a VPN server. VPN Unlimited provides more than 80 server locations, so you’ll definitely find the one you need for your Mac.   
  5. In the Protocol field, choose the OpenVPN® option.
  6. Click Generate and the relevant .ovpn file will be downloaded on your device.  

For more detailed instructions on how to generate OpenVPN configuration files and other VPN protocol configurations, check out this guide

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II. Use .ovpn files to configure OpenVPN® on Mac


To set up OpenVPN® on Mac, you need TunnelBlick. TunnelBlick is a free, ready-to-use graphical user interface (GUI) for OpenVPN® on Mac. It allows you to easily control your OpenVPN connections. 

1.  So first of all, download the TunnelBlick app from the official website.

2. Run TunnelBlick and simply drag & drop the appropriate configuration files in the app.

You can import as many files as you wish to be able to switch between VPN servers.

3. Select the appropriate server and click Connect.

That’s it! Now you are connected to the VPN server via the OpenVPN® protocol.

Important: Please note that you will need to configure your device using the generated settings by yourself at your own risk.

That’s it! Now you are connected to the VPN server via the OpenVPN® protocol.

Important! Please note that you will need to configure your device using the generated settings by yourself at your own risk.

“OpenVPN” is a registered trademark of OpenVPN Inc.

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FAQ about OpenVPN® on Mac

Do I need a VPN for Mac?

Regardless of which device you’re on, Windows, Mac, iOS, or Android phone or tablet, your online activities are visible to your ISP unless you use a VPN solution. When you establish an OpenVPN connection on Mac or use any other VPN Unlimited protocol, your ISP can’t read your data any more or peer into your online activities. 

Is OpenVPN safe?

In short: Yes. Even the NSA (United States National Security Agency), which has sophisticated methods and a big budget, considers OpenVPN to be safe from espionage. Furthermore, OpenVPN® is neither owned nor operated by a major corporation because it is an open-source protocol.

Does OpenVPN work on Mac?

MacOS does not have a built-in OpenVPN protocol. As a result, you'll need to install a client app to communicate with Access Server. The app is required to capture the traffic you wish to send over the OpenVPN tunnel, encrypt it, send it to the server, and decode the return traffic.

Where can I find OpenVPN® configuration files for Mac?

You can get them by heading to your User Office at, as described in the first section of this guide: Generate OpenVPN® configuration files. There, you need to choose the desired server location and generate the relevant .ovpn file, which you can further use to configure OpenVPN® on Mac. 

Why do I need TunnelBlick to set up OpenVPN® on macOS?

As long as macOS doesn’t feature the built-in OpenVPN® protocol, TunnelBlick is just the solution that helps to configure the connection and further manage it. 

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