How to use ExpressVPN with Tunnelblick for OpenVPN on OS X

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This tutorial guide will walk you through the steps to connect to a VPN server using our OpenVPN configuration files with Tunnelblick on your Mac computer. Tunnelblick is a free, open-source GUI for OpenVPN on OS X.

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Download the OpenVPN configuration files
Download and install Tunnelblick
Set up Tunnelblick with your OpenVPN configuration files
Connect to the VPN server location
Disconnect from the VPN server location


Download the OpenVPN configuration files

To set up ExpressVPN OpenVPN with Tunnelblick, you will need to download the OpenVPN configuration files for ExpressVPN.

Open the Welcome Email you received when you signed up for ExpressVPN. Click the link in the email.

open the welcome email

If you can’t find the link, log in to your account here.

sign in to our website

Once you’ve clicked the link in the welcome email or logged into the website, click on Set Up ExpressVPN on the Active Subscriptions page. This will take you to the Downloads page.

set up expressvpn

Click on Manual Config on the left side of the screen and then select the OpenVPN tab on the right. Find the location(s) you want to connect to (e.g., Los Angeles, New York, Hong Kong), then download and save the .ovpn file(s) to your Downloads folder. You will need these files for Step 3.

download openvpn configuration files

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

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Download and install Tunnelblick

Go to https://tunnelblick.net/. Download the Tunnelblick installer .dmg file to your Downloads folder.

download tunnelblick installer file

Open the Tunnelblick installer .dmg file from the Downloads folder.

open the tunnelblick installer file

Double-click the Tunnelblick icon to begin the installation process.

begin the tunnelblick installation

While Tunnelblick is installing, you will see a screen like this:

tunnelblick is installing

When the installation is complete, you will see this message: “Installation succeeded.” Click Launch.

launch tunnelblick

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

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Set up Tunnelblick with your OpenVPN configuration files

The “Welcome to Tunnelblick” screen will ask you if you have any configuration files. You downloaded these in Step 1, so click I have configuration files.

i have openvpn files

Now go to your Downloads folder, and double-click the .ovpn configuration file you want to use.

open the download file

You will be asked if you’d like to install the configuration for all users. Click Only Me or All Users, depending on your preference.

install openvpn for only me!

When you see the screen that says, “Tunnelblick successfully: installed one configuration”, click OK.

success! you've installed your openvpn config file

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

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Connect to the VPN server location

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

tunneblick icon

From the dropdown menu, select Connect [server location name].

connect to the server location

A notification message will appear to tell you when the connection has been established. Click the x to hide it.

notfication

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

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Disconnect from the VPN server location

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

disconnect from tunnelblick

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