Connecting to OpenVPN with Tunnelblick on Mac OSX

A step-by-step walk through of installing this excellent OpenVPN client on your Mac and then connecting to a VPN service such as QuietVPN.

Download Latest Version

Go to the downloads page and download the latest stable version, which currently is 3.7.0

Run the Installer

Click on the installer you downloaded to run it, once the window above comes up then double-click on the tunnel icon.

A security window will pop up. Click the “Open” button to confirm you want to run it. After than OSX has another security prompt, which will ask you to enter the password for your computer.

Set Up VPN Connection

Tunnelblick will now finish installing and automatically launch. The window above will pop up, which you should click the button that says “I have configuration files,” since one or more should have been provided to you.

Next you’ll see the screen above, which gives you instructions that will work to add a new VPN connection. But it’s actually even easier than that so just click the “OK” button.

Find the *.ovpn file that was provided to you. It’s on your Desktop or in your Downloads folder — or where ever you saved it. Simply double-click on that file and it should pop up the window below.

This is asking you if you want to allow any user who logs into your computer to access this VPN or just you. That’s up to you, depending on who else has access to your computer!

Once you click either “All Users” or “Only Me” then you will need to enter your computer’s password one more time because OSX is a very security-oriented operating system… which is a good thing!

At the top of your screen in your Menu Bar, you should see the tunnel icon. Click on it and the menu will drop down. You will see the name of the VPN that you just installed listed there. In this case, mine is called jasonbyrne662-atl so I just click to connect to it.

A little window will pop up in the top right of your screen saying it is connecting and then about ten seconds later you’ll be all set! At this point all of your outgoing web traffic will be routed through the VPN.

If you ever have any trouble with the VPN connection — maybe it is having issues or gets slow or you don’t want to use it for some other reason — just click on the Tunnelblick icon in the Menu Bar again. Choose the disconnect option and you’ll be back to browsing the internet in the clear with the full prying eyes of your internet service provider. :-)

Hope this is easy enough to follow!

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