Tunnelblick
Tunnelblick 3.4beta22
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Tunnelblick is a free, open source graphic user interface for OpenVPN on OS X. It provides easy control of OpenVPN client and/or server connections.

It comes as a ready-to-use application with all necessary binaries and drivers (including OpenVPN, easy-rsa, and tun/tap drivers). No additional installation is necessary -- just add your configuration and encryption information.

To use Tunnelblick you need access to a VPN server -- your computer is one end of the tunnel and the VPN server is the other end. For more information, see Getting VPN Service.
What's New
Version 3.4beta22:
  • Includes OpenSSL library version 1.0.1g, which does not have the "heartbeat" vulnerability.
  • Shows a notification window for the most recently connected configuration upon mouseover of the Tunnelblick icon even if no configuration has been connected since Tunnelblick was launched.
  • On OS X 10.9 ('Mavericks'), forces the Tunnelblick icon to be in the standard status icon position (to the left of other icons at the time Tunnelblick is launched). This is a temporary limitation until a bug in OS X is fixed.
  • Allows non-ASCII characters (such as accented characters) in token names, passphrases, usernames, and passwords. (Available only in OpenVPN 2.3 and higher.)
  • Includes version 1.11 of pkcs11-helper.
  • Can use kill() to send SIGTERM to OpenVPN processes.
  • Reorders options to OpenVPN that are required by Tunnelblick so they cannot be overridden by entries in the configuration file.
  • Sets the 'IV_GUI_VER' environment variable when starting OpenVPN.
  • Adds a list of any unusual files in a .tblk to the diagnostic info.
  • Includes additional information in the Tunnelblick log if a script fails.
  • Displays 'OpenVPN is a registered trademark of OpenVPN Technologies, Inc.' on the Info panel.
  • Adds an entry to the Console Log if there are options in the configuration file that will be ignored because they are used by Tunnelblick or are incompatible with Tunnelblick.
  • Fixes problems prepending new search domains and a new domain name to search domains.
  • Fixes a problem that caused some scripts to fail.
  • Fixes a problem selecting the default OpenVPN version for one or more configurations.
  • Fixes a cosmetic error in the output of 'Copy Diagnostic Info to Clipboard'.
  • Fixes a problem with 'Connect when computer starts' configurations that have a name that contains '-S'.
Version 3.4beta22:
  • Includes OpenSSL library version 1.0.1g, which does not have the "heartbeat" vulnerability.
  • Shows a notification window for the most recently connected configuration upon mouseover of the Tunnelblick icon even if no configuration has been connected since Tunnelblick was launched.
  • On OS X 10.9 ('Mavericks'), forces the Tunnelblick icon to be in the standard more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, OS X 10.4 or later



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Tunnelblick User Discussion (Write a Review)
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+116
Appledogx commented on 29 Dec 2013
I see in the description "easy-rsa". I feel my privacy is well protected knowing that an company who has sold its soul for $10 million by putting in back doors in their encryption algorithms, is part of this software.
[Version 3.4beta18]

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Fishscale replied on 17 Jan 2014
That's a bit harsh all things considered. The code is open for you to inspect and modify to your liking. You could just not use it due to the fact they used software made by RSA, which up until this little hiccup had a long tenure of integrity and quality. You might have a chipper clip if it weren't for RSA's efforts back in the day so look it from that perspective if it helps, doubtfully. Just saying, good software offered for free and well maintained deserves praise and only praise. Offer the mac community something better and you earn yourself the right to throw mud and even then keep the slinging to a hobby not a habit.
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+43

Psychiatry reviewed on 22 Jul 2013
Months ago, I started with Tunnelblick. But with Mac OS X 10.8.x, I had to move to the beta 3.x versions. And it was rough, I couldn't connect, the new version didn't convert the old version's data, etc.

When it was good, it was really good. But since Tunnelblick is still in beta - for several months now, I had to move on. So I paid for and now use Viscosity - which works really well and has regular updates which are not beta. I doubt I would need to move back to Tunnelblick.
[Version 3.3beta56]

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+43
Psychiatry replied on 24 Jul 2013
Congratulations on Tunnelblick finally being in release version 3.30.
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+58
Joel Mueller replied on 24 Jul 2013
Agreed, congrats on the 3.30 release!
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+9

Hi_ram reviewed on 17 May 2013
Thanks for supporting old Macs and System...

Works fine with my G4 MMD 10.4…
[Version 3.2.9]


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krikra reviewed on 12 Jan 2013
Excellent software: I use it regularly. Very stable, no issues so far for me (OS X 10.7.x, 10.8.x).
[Version 3.3beta32]


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+3

Jesuguru reviewed on 15 Sep 2012
Recently signed up for VPN service, they offered a link to Viscosity (shareware). I discovered Tunnelblick (opensource), decided to give it a try first. Got it up and running almost instantly, zero tech issues or troubleshooting needed! It does drop the connection once every few hours (could be because I'm connecting from China, not nec. Tunnelblick's fault), but always *automatically* reconnects itself without issue. 4/5 stars, thanks!
[Version 3.3beta24]

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+90
Pirx replied on 13 Jan 2013
Fellow China Dweller, it is our exceptionally generous hosts who are identifying VPN connections and resetting them, it ain't Tunnelblick or Viscosity doing that.
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Jesuguru replied on 13 Jan 2013
Haha, you're definitely right about that Pirx, I've since been learning that the hard way. Sometimes the solution is as simple as resetting the----- oops, don't want to say we know the workaround. :)
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+58
Michael Haeusler commented on 05 Aug 2012
Very good VPN software. But the last two (or three?) beta versions always ask(ed) to access my keychain. Even if I click "always allow", Tunnelblick doesn't remember it. Same every time I connect to my VPN. Anyone else experiencing this? Something to do with the permissions perhaps?
[Version 3.3beta12]

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+1

+10
Reddog99 replied on 17 Aug 2012
Open the Keychain & delete that entry. That sometimes works.
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+3

Zarathoustra reviewed on 12 May 2011
Excellent app, works better for me than Viscosity ! And it's open-source !
[Version 3.1.7]

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+604
Fishscale replied on 28 Jun 2011
What elements work better than viscosity in your opinion?
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+3
Zarathoustra replied on 29 Jun 2011
Viscosity disconnects very often on my Mac. I don't know why. I thought it was a problem with my VPN provider, but when I tried Tunnelblick, it worked perfectly.
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+604
Fishscale replied on 05 Jul 2011
Hmm... The "Details" window should show you what is going on with your vpn connection at all times. If it stops, the reason is probably stated in the details log which you can see in real time through viscosity. Because viscosity is not crashing I doubt the answer would be found in logs... I would check through viscosity and see what it is disconnecting and then contact the developers if you still can't figure it out. You don't give too many details to work with, anyways, if tunnelblick does it for you then good. However, I still find viscosity to be much more intuitive, powerful, and stable.
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+7

+18

Mu Frequenter reviewed on 03 Apr 2011
This is good software and a generally solid choice. Viscosity is a cut above, however, and worth it for me. More reliable connects, holds the connection where tunnelblick disconnects, and is easier to use for those not tech savvy.
[Version 3.1.7]


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+6

+6

techgaze reviewed on 24 Jan 2011
I have evaluated Viscosity for 30 days and after the trial has expired I decided to give tunnelblick a shot, however, I think I'm going to pay for Viscosity for the following reasons.

Keep in mind that I'm using a MBP i7 with a fresh install.

1. I had multiple disconnects for no reason what so ever, something I never experienced with Viscosity.
2. Every time I get disconnected I have to quit and restart tunnelblick for it to work again.
3. For some odd reason, every now and then, it leaves an openvpn process running in the background and tunnelblick gives me a message that it cannot recognize an openvpn process that is running and unless I terminate the process manually I cannot access the vpn server although tunnelblick shows that I'm connected.

It is good for what it is but for mission critical vpn access you should really consider something else.
[Version 3.1.2]


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Cheesecake reviewed on 02 Nov 2009
I've been using this excellent software for a while to connect to office server running openvpn on windows server 2003 without any problems.

If using an opensource solution, I prefer to use freewares on both client and server ends. Other clients on osx are good as well, but I don't think it's a good idea to charge customers for enhanced features of a free solution.
[Version 3.0b20]

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+131
Neutralzone replied on 06 Dec 2010
Cheesecake - "I don't think it's a good idea to charge customers for enhanced features of a free solution."

Careful...Mac OS X has enhanced features of a free solution, FreeBSD and other free open source components. I hope you think it's OK to pay for it! :)
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+147
xati-ba had trouble on 05 Jul 2011
Urgent help needed please. I live in a country where the internet is partially restricted, so a patchy connection can cause me some VERY unpleasant problems.

I use tunnelblick with a paid VPN service and so far it has worked perfectly but the other day I noticed that my ip was exposed at some point because the connection dropped! How can I prevent the connection from dropping? Alternatively how can I make certain apps like Transmission, Sparrow or Chrome forcequit or refuse to work if I am not connected?
[Version 3.2beta22]


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-1
xAD had trouble on 02 Mar 2008
hang on leopard, please fix it!
[Version 3.0b6]


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christoph3 had trouble on 09 Feb 2008
Same here. Tunnelblick dies and creates hung ovpn processes.
[Version 3.0b6]


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+162
psychos had trouble on 12 Nov 2007
Tunnelblick unexpectedly quits for me sometimes. This seems to happen when changing network connections, but not always. (I'm semi-frequently switching between my Airport and an EV-DO card.) When it happens, it leaves behind a stray openvpn process that I have to manually kill before I can establish another VPN connection. Tunnelblick will actually establish a new connection successfully, but it will be unusable unless I've killed the old openvpn process first.

I'm running 10.5 on a MBP, clean install. Worked fine under 10.4.

Anyone else experiencing this under 10.5?
[Version 3.0b6]


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+15
Zeitkind had trouble on 28 Oct 2007
The new version (3.0b5) has a bad bug - it's NOT universal. The main binary is intel only (OpenVPN 2.0.9 i386-apple-darwin8.10.1), so it won't run on PPC machines. I was able to "fix" it by using the macports binary. Hope they will fix that soon.
[Version 3.0b5]


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+1
jono had trouble on 21 May 2007
Version 3.0b4 causes all kinds of trouble when an OpenVPN session is connected and then the Internet connection is unexpectedly broken (for example, unplugging an Ethernet cable to closing the lid). Almost every time, it removes my user name from the password file and I am forced to reboot.
[Version 3.0b4]



picklebreath rated on 24 Nov 2013

[Version 3.4beta16]



kimminjong7614 rated on 04 Aug 2013

[Version 3.3.0]



+242

Monkeyjunkey rated on 22 Jul 2013

[Version 3.3beta56]



Patrick_8b9e8ae4 rated on 26 Apr 2012

[Version 3.2.3]



xdefeenx rated on 23 Feb 2012

[Version 3.2.3]



Csineneo rated on 05 Jan 2012

[Version 3.2.1]



Mike4president rated on 28 Oct 2011

[Version 3.2beta30]



+5

Ladydarby rated on 02 Aug 2011

[Version 3.2beta28]



-1

ProjectBuilders rated on 30 Jul 2011

[Version 3.2beta26]



+4

jimmyb rated on 24 Jun 2011

[Version 3.2beta14]


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Tunnelblick is a free, open source graphic user interface for OpenVPN on OS X. It provides easy control of OpenVPN client and/or server connections.

It comes as a ready-to-use application with all necessary binaries and drivers (including OpenVPN, easy-rsa, and tun/tap drivers). No additional installation is necessary -- just add your configuration and encryption information.

To use Tunnelblick you need access to a VPN server -- your computer is one end of the tunnel and the VPN server is the other end. For more information, see Getting VPN Service.

Support is provided by the Tunnelblick Discussion Group.


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