- Download the OpenVPN configuration files from our website. Open the location where you saved the config.zip file, then proceed to extract the files. Once the files are extracted, please move your desired.ovpn server files and the.crt certificate file to your OpenVPN config folder at (C: Program Files OpenVPN config).
- OpenVPN Server Version. Server Operating System, Number of CPU Cores, Memory etc. OpenVPN Client Version. Client Operating System, Number of Cores, Memory etc. Add a sanitized version of the following files: OpenVPN Server Configuration. OpenVPN Client Configuration. Server Firewall Rules. Server NAT/Routing Rules. Any additional applicable.
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This tutorial will walk you through setting up OpenVPN on an Android device via the OpenVPN GUI client.
1. Before you start, obtain your OpenVPN credentials and config file from our Customer Area. Read our helpdesk guide on getting OpenVPN credentials. If you need to sign up for an account, please click hereor at the JOIN NOW link at the top right of this page.
Once the download is completed, close the pop-up message at the bottom of the screen. We recommend leaving the Account Setup Instructions window open since you will need this information for setup.
2. Launch Google Play Store from the home screen of your device. Open the search bar and type OpenVPN. Find OpenVPN for Android app and install it.
3. Once installed, open 'OpenVPN for Android' application. Select 'OVPN Profile'.
4. Select 'Allow' on the pop message to confirm the app’s access to files on your device.
5. Tap import option and select the config file downloaded in step 1.
6. Tap 'Agree' on the pop-up that asks your permission regarding the app’s data collection, use and retention policies.
7. Your profile should be imported successfully. Enter your Username and Password in the corresponding fields and tap the option to select 'Save password' if you prefer to save it for future use. Tap on the 'ADD' option at the top right of the screen to save the set up.
8. Tap CONTINUE on the confirmation pop up to proceed connecting without a client certificate.
9. Now you should be connected to StrongVPN via the OpenVPN GUI app. You can confirm this from the green colored 'CONNECTED' status at the top left above the created VPN profile. The screen will display the connection status below 'CONNECTION STATS'. The connection status can be further confirmed from the key/icon at the top of your screen.
10. Open your browser and accesshttps://strongleakstest.com to check if your IP address has been changed successfully.
1. Tap on the VPN profile to disconnect StrongVPN. Select OK on the pop message to confirm the disconnection.
Retrieving OpenVPN logs
1. Tap on the note icon at the top right of your OVPN profiles screen.
13. The logs/diagnostics will be displayed as shown below. Tap on the email icon at the top right of the Log File screen to select the options to share the log files with our support team. If you wish to stop generating the logs, tap on the 'PAUSE' button toward the bottom of the screen. You can resume it by tapping on the 'RESUME' button.
OpenVPN is a robust and highly flexible VPN daemon. OpenVPN supports SSL/TLS security, ethernet bridging, TCP or UDP tunnel transport through proxies or NAT, support for dynamic IP addresses and DHCP, scalability to hundreds or thousands of users, and portability to most major OS platforms.
OpenVPN is tightly bound to the OpenSSL library, and derives much of its crypto capabilities from it.
OpenVPN supports conventional encryption using a pre-shared secret key (Static Key mode) or public key security (SSL/TLS mode) using client & server certificates. OpenVPN also supports non-encrypted TCP/UDP tunnels.
OpenVPN is designed to work with the TUN/TAP virtual networking interface that exists on most platforms.
Overall, OpenVPN aims to offer many of the key features of IPSec but with a relatively lightweight footprint.
With OpenVPN, you can:
- Tunnel any IP subnetwork or virtual ethernet adapter over a single UDP or TCP port,
- Configure a scalable, load-balanced VPN server farm using one or more machines which can handle thousands of dynamic connections from incoming VPN clients,
- Use all of the encryption, authentication, and certification features of the OpenSSL library to protect your private network traffic as it transits the internet,
- Use any cipher, key size, or HMAC digest (for datagram integrity checking) supported by the OpenSSL library,
- Choose between static-key based conventional encryption or certificate-based public key encryption,
- Use static, pre-shared keys or TLS-based dynamic key exchange,
- Use real-time adaptive link compression and traffic-shaping to manage link bandwidth utilization,
- Tunnel networks whose public endpoints are dynamic such as DHCP or dial-in clients,
- Tunnel networks through connection-oriented stateful firewalls without having to use explicit firewall rules,
- Tunnel networks over NAT,
- Create secure ethernet bridges using virtual tap devices, and
- Control OpenVPN using a GUI on Windows or Mac OS X.
How to Setup OpenVPN
- Download OpenVPN for your operating system
- Execute the download file to install the client on your computer
- Input url for OpenVPN server or drag and drop config file (you can try VPNBook)
- Connections setup is now much faster
Crypto specific changes
- ChaCha20-Poly1305 cipher in the OpenVPN data channel (Requires OpenSSL 1.1.0 or newer)
- Improved TLS 1.3 support when using OpenSSL 1.1.1 or newer
- Client-specific tls-crypt keys (--tls-crypt-v2)
- Improved Data channel cipher negotiation
- Removal of BF-CBC support in default configuration (see below for possible incompatibilities)
- HMAC based auth-token support for seamless reconnects to standalone servers or a group of servers.
- Asynchronous (deferred) authentication support for auth-pam plugin
- Asynchronous (deferred) support for client-connect scripts and plugins
- Support IPv4 configs with /31 netmasks now
- 802.1q VLAN support on TAP servers
- IPv6-only tunnels
- New option --block-ipv6 to reject all IPv6 packets (ICMPv6)
- VRF support
- Netlink integration (OpenVPN no longer needs to execute ifconfig/route or ip commands)
- Wintun driver support, a faster alternative to tap-windows6
- Setting tun/tap interface MTU
- Setting DHCP search domain
- Allow unicode search string in --cryptoapicert option
- EasyRSA3, a modern take on OpenVPN CA management
- MSI installer
BF-CBC cipher is no longer the default
Cipher handling for the data channel cipher has been significantly changed between OpenVPN 2.3/2.4 and v2.5, most notably there are no 'default cipher BF-CBC' anymore because it is no longer considered a reasonable default. BF-CBC is still available, but it needs to be explicitly configured now.
For connections between OpenVPN 2.4 and v2.5 clients and servers, both ends will be able to negotiate a better cipher than BF-CBC. By default they will select one of the AES-GCM ciphers, but this can be influenced using the --data-ciphers setting.
Connections between OpenVPN 2.3 and v2.5 that have no --cipher setting in the config (= defaulting to BF-CBC and not being negotiation-capable) must be updated. Unless BF-CBC is included in --data-ciphers or there is a '--cipher BF-CBC' in the OpenVPN 2.5 config, a v2.5 client or server will refuse to talk to a v2.3 server or client, because it has no common data channel cipher and negotiating a cipher is not possible. Generally, we recommend upgrading such setups to OpenVPN 2.4 or v2.5. If upgrading is not possible we recommend adding section on the man page.
Connectivity to some VPN service provider may break
Connecting with an OpenVPN 2.5 client to at least one commercial VPN service that
implemented their own cipher negotiation method that always reports back that it is using BF-CBC to the client is broken in v2.5. This has always caused warning about mismatch ciphers. We have been in contact with some service providers and they are looking into it. This is not something the OpenVPN community can fix. If your commercial VPN does not work with a v2.5 client, complain to the VPN service provider.
More details on these new features as well as a list of deprecated features and user-visible changes are available in Changes.rst.
Linux Packages are Available from:
- Linux complete install instructions for OpenVPN Connect 3 here.
- Red Hat/Fedora dnf/yum repositories (provided by Fedora Copr)
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