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iVPN is the original VPN server for non-server Macs. It uses Apple's built-in, rock solid VPN server; the same used in OS X Server.

iVPN easily creates a standards based PPTP and L2TP VPN server on your home or office Mac. With just a few details and a couple of clicks, you'll be ready to connect securely to your Mac from anywhere in world and from nearly any device!

Using a public WiFi hotspot? iVPN is perfect for you...just connect to iVPN from your device and you instantly have a secure tunnel for all your internet traffic. Never worry more...

What's New

Version 7.2:
  • Fixes a race condition bug that prevents the VPN server functioning correctly after reboot for some users
  • Added a boot delay setting in iVPN's preference pane for aforementioned bug


OS X 10.6 or later

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Djel1200 Member IconReview+0

i was getting frustrated trying setup a VPN on my mini mac and I tried other apps WITH no luck....i tried this app and SUCCESS.

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Version 7.1
yebdox Member IconReview+1

I've just installed the latest version (7.02?) ON Lion server, against Alex' advice, and it seems rock solid, with non stop logins from 4 separate remotes. Locks in much faster than the VPN on Lion server (when it was actually working, which it hasn't been for 5 weeks... no changes to the setup and I lost a lot of hair and sleep, trying to figure it out.) Maybe my endorsement is premature, but I'm relieved and glad of a solution, finally.

Anyway, I guess you should continue at your own risk, but I simply turned off the VPN service from within the Server app itself, and it seems fine. Such a simple and cheap solution to my headaches. I couldn't find any local gurus to really nail this problem down, and spent over a $800 to get it up and halfway running for about a year, then another $200 for a local IT guy to try to help, although he wasn't particularly claiming to be an OS X server expert.

I'm relieved with this as a solution and hope that it stays stable. If not, then I will try setting it up on a separate machine, but I need (I think) to have my remotes pointed to the same machine where my database resides.

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Version 7.0.2

The way I read the advice Alex provided, is that if you install this on the server OS, you will break the built-in VPN management tools.

If you never intend to touch the VPN management tools that were provided by Apple, then you'll most likely not experience any problems.

MichaelFrankel Member IconComment+18

I had version 6.4 installed on a Snow Leopard system (10.6.8) and it ran fine. Installed version 7 and it crashes immediately upon launch.

The developer's webpage says it runs on 10.6 - so does the info on MacUpdate. Is it possible this is not accurate?

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Version 7.0
EudoraBryant Member IconComment+69

"This VPN server is usually only available on Mac OS X Server and configured through the Server Admin application."
Can I use it on iPhone or just available on Mac computer?

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Version 6.2
mattkw80 Member IconReview+3

Rip Off.

In process of trying to receive this "refund" I've heard so much about.

I've sent 4 or 5 emails, no response.

I will be launching a new blog/web site to document how this is handled - iVpn will not get away with this.

I too was sucked in by someone else's "good" review of the product. Check out what is now posted on iVpn's website...


Do not use iVPN on Mac OS X Server. You will no longer be able to use Server Admin to configure your VPN server.

I bought this specifically to solve the Lion Server VPN issues. It's not working at all for me.

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Version 6.1

I just sent this to them:

iVPN refund?

How do I get this going?

I will be opening a blog – telling all the details
of how you are not responding to my emails.

Just looking for a refund for iVPN – since it
clearly will not work for OS X Server, as stated
on your web site.

I will continue to email you, multiple times
a day and as well, I will be launching a website
and blogs… something along the line of





the warning about mac os x server has always been there since the beginning of ivpn. ive tried and failed to get it to work on osx server but alex was very helpful in trying to get it to work. it still didn't but he tried his best.


As darbul pointed out the statement about using ivpn on the server version of os x has been there since I have known of the app... multiple years.

Still it stands, if you are within your 60 day "trial" period you are owed a refund... but then again, not everyone is honest and follows through with what they say. It is the internet after all.

Let others who are considering the app know your experience, but imo, it is not worth wasting your time and in turn money advertising about a bad developer/person. Let it be known, learn your lesson, and move on. Then again it is my opinion and your time to do with as you please. Good luck on the refund.

alampano Member IconReview+0

Is there a 15-day or 30-day trial version before I decide to buy?

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Version 6.1

From the Dev's website:

"No trial period you say?

If iVPN doesn't work for you, or you're not completely satisfied, I'll be happy to give you a refund within 60 days of your purchase.

It's as simple as that!"


Still waiting for my refund.

EGARYWI Member IconComment+0

Hi, I just purchased IVPN and have installed it on my MacPro with Lion. I have opened up the port on the router and verfied that it is open using a port utility.
When I go to connect I see the log respond allocating an IP addrees and trying to connect however it does not connect and throughs the divice off, I am using an Ipad PPTP on both side.

Any clues?

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Version 6.1
rpwaite Member IconComment+0

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I'm new here and have very limited knowledge in networking.
I can usually find my way around but it takes me a little while.

Can someone please explain what all I need to create a VPN connection using a Mac. (ie. server, client, host)

Basically what I'm trying to do is send video files between two Macs, in two different states across the internet. I was told that a VPN would allow this. After searching the web, it appears to me that each computer would need to connect to a Server who is hosting the VPN which then requires both users to create an account with the VPN Server. So far is this correct?

Now - I found this site and it seems that this iVPN software is more like what I am looking for if it work as I suspect.

Can I simply connect my MAC to another MAC using this iVPN software via an internet connection (Verizon MiFi)?

Thanks in advance.

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Version 6.1

VPN is only a secure network tunnel between two points. On top of this (better to think of it inside of this) you can do anything from the client as if you were on the server's network. (This is the server software client)

You'd be better off using iChat to send files. Simpler.

nullmaster Member IconReview+35

I used iVPN for several years to get my old G4 tower working as a VPN server (among other things) to get full access to my home network. Unlike many, I fully understand the difference between an issue with the software and an issue with my network setup.

For those who understand the router configuration, using a dynamic DNS service, and other intricacies of this type, iVPN is a great solution that was well worth its price tag.

I say "was" because as of the release of Lion Server, for $50 you can get VPN functionality plus a whole lot more for relatively minimal cost above the price of iVPN. For most people, I think Lion Server will give a better overall value and bang for the buck. There are a few factors that would still get me to suggest iVPN to folks, though.

If you have an Intel Core Duo Mac (unable to run Lion) or a PowerPC Mac, the author is still working to support PowerPC and does still support 32-bit Intel hardware on previous versions of the OS. If you have older hardware that can't run the latest OS and want to get a VPN setup going quickly and cheaply, iVPN is your solution. Hands down, it's great on the older machines.

I think everyone should do some research and fiddling before making a purchase of this or any server software. I don't think you'll be disappointed by buying iVPN as it is a solid solution. You may find more value for your dollars (or pounds sterling) in another solution, depending on your specific situation.

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Version 6.0
Risk01 Member IconComment+0

The platform description is outdated. It says PPC/Intel but the downloaded version since 5.8 is Intel only.
Doesn't work on G5 anymore. Anyone has a universal version?

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Version 6.0

I've corrected the architecture information. Thanks for the heads up!

Macserve (Developer)

Sorry about that. I do want to support PPC. Since Xcode 4 was released by Apple, it does not support building apps for PPC or Leopard. I managed to find a workaround to build for Leopard but not for PPC...yet! Hopefully I will find a way soon. In the mean time, please just stick to version 5.7. You can download it from the change log page on my website.

Macserve (Developer)

Hi again, as of version 6.1, PPC support has been re-included. Hopefully, it should work okay. I have hacked Xcode 4 to build a universal binary. If you have any problems with this version on PPC systems, please let me know.


I've updated the listing to reflect the latest version (6.1). Thanks!

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Downloads 43,780
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Type Internet / Servers
License Demo
Date 06 May 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $16.85
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