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This tutorial will show you how to set up ExpressVPN on Mac using the Tunnelblick GUI (graphical user interface). Tunnelblick is a free, open-source GUI (graphical user interface) for OpenVPN on macOS and OS X.

Prefer app setupSee the instructions for app setup for Mac OS 10.10 and above.

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1. Find your ExpressVPN account credentials
2. Download and install Tunnelblick
3. Set up the VPN with Tunnelblick
4. Connect to a VPN server location
Disconnect from a VPN server location


1. Find your ExpressVPN account credentials

On the ExpressVPN setup page, enter your ExpressVPN credentials. Click Sign In.
Enter your ExpressVPN credentials, then select “Sign In.”

Click Manual Configuration on the left side of the screen. Select OpenVPN on the right. You will first see your username and password and then a list of OpenVPN configuration files.

Copy the username and password.

Click the location(s) you want to connect to. The .ovpn file(s) will be downloaded to your device.

Keep this browser window open. You will need this information for the setup later.

Need help? Contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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2. Download and install Tunnelblick

On the Tunnelblick website, click Download Latest Stable Release.

Click “Download Latest Stable Release.”Open the .dmg installer file. Double-click the Tunnelblick icon.

Double-click the Tunnelblick icon.

When prompted to open Tunnelblick, click Open. Enter your device password.

Select Allow or Don’t Allow for your notification preference.

Select “Allow” or “Don’t Allow” for your notification preference.Need help? Contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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3. Set up the VPN with Tunnelblick

On the Welcome to Tunnelblick screen, click I have configuration files.

Click “I have configuration files.”

Go to your Downloads folder or wherever you saved the ExpressVPN OpenVPN configuration file earlier. Double-click the file you want to use.

Double-click the ExpressVPN’s configuration file in the Downloads folder.

You will be asked if you would like to install for all users. If the VPN is intended for all accounts on your Mac, select All Users. If the VPN will only be used by your current account, select Only Me.

You will be asked if you would like to install for all users. Select your preference.

Enter your device password.

When the screen reads “Tunnelblick successfully: installed one configuration,” click OK.

Need help? Contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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4. Connect to a VPN server location

To connect to a VPN server location, click the Tunnelblick icon in the top-right corner of your screen.

Click the Tunnelblick icon in the top-right corner of the screen.

From the dropdown menu, select Connect [name of the .ovpn configuration file].

From the dropdown menu, select “Connect.”

Enter the ExpressVPN OpenVPN username and password you found earlier, then click OK.

Enter the ExpressVPN OpenVPN username and password, then click “OK.”

When you are connected to ExpressVPN successfully, you will see the “Connected” message in green.

When you are connected to ExpressVPN successfully, you will see the “Connected” message in green.

Need help? Contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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Disconnect from a VPN server location

To disconnect from a VPN server location, click the Tunnelblick icon in the top-right corner of the screen, then click Disconnect All.

Click “Disconnect All.”

Need help? Contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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