iVPN free download for Mac
29 September 2019

GUI for the VPN server in OS X.

Overview

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 about internet banking on the move again!

You can easily keep an eye on all connections to your Mac with the built-in iVPN Monitor. Check what IP address they have connected from and how long they've been connected.

Advanced if you need it! iVPN allows you to add as many users as you want, but if you already have a directory server with all your users, iVPN can link to that too! Custom DNS and static routes means that iVPN can fit into nearly any network environment.

Warning: Do not use iVPN on macOS Server. You will no longer be able to use Server to configure your VPN server.

What's new in iVPN

Version 7.5:
  • New: Fully supports macOS 10.15 Catalina and notarisation
  • Improved: Made lots more under-the-hood improvements and fixes
  • Fixed: Fixed issue with iVPN Monitor and App Translocation
  • Note: Removed support for Directory Server authentication with PPTP
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50 Reviews of iVPN

BrentB
28 July 2008
Version: 2.6

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With all due respect to everyone, let's all take a step back, and take a deep breath. While I can understand people's unhappiness, I think that this discussion has gone from civil to uncivil in far too short of a time. Because of that, instead of having a dialogue, the developer didn't have a chance to start out with anything but defensiveness--which I can understand. I really appreciate developers who offer software for free. I'm also a capitalist, who understands the desire to make a fair profit from a desired commodity. Learning how young the developer is has given me even more respect for his aptitude for writing software. I'm more than twice his age, and I wish I could write my own applications like this. It's also the reason that I think we should extend and some grace over the way things transpired. Which leads me to offer my /suggestion/ as to how this could have turned out. IMHO, software listed as "free" at the time of download should remain free indefinitely. But now that the developer realizes he has a good product on his hands, what's the best way to transition? I think the developer could have first notified the user base of his intentions, and offered discounts for people already using the software. The discount could be something like, "the list price on the next version will be $30, but if you purchase a license now, you'll only have to pay $10. $15 will get you a license for the next two versions. After that, everyone will pay the list price." I think that giving your user base advance notice, along with a discount opportunity, can go a long way. As users, we want to encourage developers to continue writing great software for the Mac. In this case, and even though I'm in agreement with the other users who spoke up, I think that this went from us dialoguing with the developer to us versus the developer too quickly. Just one man's $.02.
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Thinking-Differently
07 December 2018
Version: 7.4.3
The MacUpdate link to the Developer Web site results in a 404 Not Found error. So the web site is no longer on that server. Similar issue with the link from the Apple Mac App Store. Is this still a supported product? And does it work on Mojave?
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4
ClairCrookston
18 November 2018
Version: 7.4.3
Just installed this on 2 new macOS 10.14.1. Now that Apple has removed the GUI to VPN this is a needed program. In both installs it is working fine. Make sure you are on the newest one from the Website. It does what it is intended to do.
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5
Djefis
08 March 2016
Version: 7.4
Good application and not expensive!
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0.5
Frenkieboy
15 June 2015
Version: 7.3.1
Doesn't start under Yosemite. Support is crappy. Don't buy this !!!! But if this program would work, it would be great and worth 5 stars.
(0)
5
Aaron-T
02 August 2014
Version: 7.2
Easy rouse small addition to your Mac. Totally replaces VPN option on OS X Server. Stable, simple to set up with robust connection. Flawless remote access to your home/office files and networks, Highly recommended!
(0)
5
Djel1200
05 March 2014
Version: 7.1
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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5
yebdox
16 March 2013
Version: 7.0.2
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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Michael Frankel
08 March 2013
Version: 7.0
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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EudoraBryant
10 July 2012
Version: 6.2
"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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0.5
mattkw80
07 March 2012
Version: 6.1
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... - WARNING - 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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0.5
alampano
15 February 2012
Version: 6.1
Is there a 15-day or 30-day trial version before I decide to buy?
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EGARYWI
13 December 2011
Version: 6.1
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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rpwaite
30 September 2011
Version: 6.1
< < >> 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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nullmaster
25 August 2011
Version: 6.0
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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Risk01
12 August 2011
Version: 6.0
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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Ooshnoo
12 August 2011
Version: 6.0
Really? 3 separate releases in 2 days? Come on!!!! Get it together!!!
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5
darbul92
08 August 2011
Version: 5.7
Great app, easy to use and easy to setup. Great for watching BBC iPlayer abroad and works with Lion!
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Mindsnare
31 May 2011
Version: 5.6
Why does iVPN 5.6 overwrite its LaunchDaemons anytime you start the app? I see that once all is configured and VPN turned on the plists get a "disabled: false" flag which actually enables the server. However if you close the app and reopen it, the plist files get overwritten by the default ones which are of course "disabled: true". Like this the vpn service is actually off although the iVPN app shows it as on. Pretty buggy....
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3.5
Richie66
12 May 2011
Version: 5.6
Excellent work clean Mac interface
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Justo0
10 April 2011
Version: 5.4
I would give iVPN a miss. I managed to get it to work once, but after a sleep, and modifying the user name and keys I couldn't even get it to start, hitting 'start' or 'stop' just resulted in a spinning wait. I was suckered in by the one person who got said it was 'rock solid', which surprises me after my brief experience. As mentioned it is not supported by anyone.
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Talon8472
26 February 2011
Version: 5.4
To help further differentiate from other VPN products, you might consider in version 6 adding the ability to forward internet connection thru the VPN. This can currently be done with iVPN + Squid, but requires technical knowledge of Squid.
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truthhurts
25 February 2011
Version: 5.4
Contrary to some other folks, I've never had any problems with iVPN. It's provided a rock-solid VPN 24x7 for my Intel Mac Mini. A heck of a lot easier than SSH port forwarding
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0.5
Ooshnoo
18 February 2011
Version: 5.3
I wasted money on this software a while back only to find it was very unstable. Each time the computer woke up from sleep the server/service would not start again automatically, and this bug was submitted and never fixed. I've since moved to a free, secure and totally reliable Hamachi network that's "always on" and couldn't be happier. I suggest you all do the same.
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Bitwalker
10 November 2010
Version: 4.9
As of the 25th August 2010, the author of this application no longer provides technical support for iVPN. Instead he sends us to Apple's support forums for answers. Within reasonable time I have not been able to find the answer there why VPN isn't starting correctly after reboot (many people have the same problem but not solutions). So this application doesn't do what it is supposed to do.
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Mindsnare
27 October 2010
Version: 4.9
The user accounts are stored in the chap file, but not encrypted!? Seriously, that's not very nice.
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Alembic
20 August 2010
Version: 4.8
I have iVPN installed on my MacBook Pro at home. I'm trying to access it from my office PC running XP. I can get a connection via PPTP using the Network Wizard as per instructions on the developer's help page. But as soon as the connection is made, I lose access to the corporate network (or lose access to the Internet). Also, once a connection is made, do I use a specific client to view my laptop's desktop (like using UltraVNC)? Or do I get an Explorer window with my laptop's file system? Thx.
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Ongl
28 June 2010
Version: 4.7
I am too puzzled by the 'copy and paste' support pages of both products. I am still deciding which one to get. Price wise, it should be VPN+ but quality and perception of the software goes to iVPN. Both do not offer trial which is bad. I simply can't believe this situation of similar apps. Now I need to write both of them and justify which one deserves my business.
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truthhurts
13 May 2010
Version: 4.6
FYI, looks like "VPN+" is a rip-off of earlier versions of iVPN. Looks like a pixel for pixel copy.
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Fasterthanu
01 April 2010
Version: 4.6
perfect now - thanks
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Musca999
26 March 2010
Version: 4.5
Just upgraded to 4.5 and it completely destroyed everything. Now I can't start/stop server no matter what I do. VERY disappointed. I'm afraid it seriously messed up some core OS X files and now I have no clue how to undo. It's not the money now...it's my system's integrity that I'm more concerned about!
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Fasterthanu
25 March 2010
Version: 4.5
menu -> file -> start server, stop server NOT WORKING this version is BUGGY and we can't have support from dev…
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Fasterthanu
25 March 2010
Version: 4.5
updated to the 4.5 and now the start server at boot time checkbox has disappear. any help?
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scotteg
24 September 2009
Version: 4.2
I've set this up for about a dozen non-OS X Server clients. I appreciate that it uses the existing Unix VPN services, is very easy to implement, and is very reliable. I hope the developer doesn't try to make it do more than it should.
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asjones62
24 September 2009
Version: 4.2
The directory authentication feature isn't for Mac OS X Server's Open Directory, it's for any other directory server someone may be using on their network. Mac OS X can connect to an LDAP server running on Linux or an Active Directory server on Windows. So, yes, your point is correct and the feature would be pointless if it only worked with Open Directory, but thats not what its there for.
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mistacabbage
29 May 2009
Version: 4.0
A brand new rev. Have we got authentication working to Open Directory so I can utilizing my existing users in LDAP yet?
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5
Pascal-Olry
11 March 2009
Version: 3.7
It just works! Even if the VPN ports are redirected from your router to the machine running iVPN. More simple could'nt be possible. Works flawlessly with my Macs, PCs and iPhone! A demo would have been appreciated before buying, but after hours spent searching for a simple solution and dealing with my NetGear router configuration, I must confess I'd had have to try this first. Worth the price, really.
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Leoofborg
05 February 2009
Version: 3.6
I guess I missed all the excitement before version 3, but it didn't stop me from paying the 15 pounds and getting this software up and running. Some tips: 1/ Put the app in /Applications/ .. for some reason I put it in /Utilities first and it didn't like that, then when I moved it settings weren't being saved, server wouldn't start, etc. I had to trash the app and *.plist, and re-install, re-serialize, etc. Not a big surprise, apps like this should not be moved. My bad. 2/ The author's support page is very complete. I'm surprised he's only a teenager. This is really good work. 3/ It's possible to have Little Snitch and Leopard Firewall running and have iVPN do its thing. Just add exceptions to vpnd / racoon. 4/ You may have to start the server with PPTP and then add L2TP/IpSec later. That being said, everything hums from my Mini 300 km away to my machines out in the countryside. Nice work. Even over a pokey Timbuktu connection with delayed clicking/typing it was still pretty easy to set up.
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Danaris
05 November 2008
Version: 3.4
I'm afraid I'm a little confused; the application type is listed as "Demo", but it doesn't seem to want to let me use it at all without a license key... Is it mislisted, and should be under "Commercial," is there a bug, or am I just missing something?
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BrentB
28 July 2008
Version: 2.6
With all due respect to everyone, let's all take a step back, and take a deep breath. While I can understand people's unhappiness, I think that this discussion has gone from civil to uncivil in far too short of a time. Because of that, instead of having a dialogue, the developer didn't have a chance to start out with anything but defensiveness--which I can understand. I really appreciate developers who offer software for free. I'm also a capitalist, who understands the desire to make a fair profit from a desired commodity. Learning how young the developer is has given me even more respect for his aptitude for writing software. I'm more than twice his age, and I wish I could write my own applications like this. It's also the reason that I think we should extend and some grace over the way things transpired. Which leads me to offer my /suggestion/ as to how this could have turned out. IMHO, software listed as "free" at the time of download should remain free indefinitely. But now that the developer realizes he has a good product on his hands, what's the best way to transition? I think the developer could have first notified the user base of his intentions, and offered discounts for people already using the software. The discount could be something like, "the list price on the next version will be $30, but if you purchase a license now, you'll only have to pay $10. $15 will get you a license for the next two versions. After that, everyone will pay the list price." I think that giving your user base advance notice, along with a discount opportunity, can go a long way. As users, we want to encourage developers to continue writing great software for the Mac. In this case, and even though I'm in agreement with the other users who spoke up, I think that this went from us dialoguing with the developer to us versus the developer too quickly. Just one man's $.02.
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Hal0thane
28 July 2008
Version: 2.6
I had previously installed 2.4, but now that I know the developer had put into place backdoors allowing him to turn off software already installed on my computer, I cannot trust ANYTHING about this piece of software which purports to be for security purposes. I'm zapping it as quickly as I can!
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wfm
27 July 2008
Version: 2.5
Great bit of software !! With this I can use the Leopard built in screen sharing to get remote desktop access easily, plus tunnel apple file sharing etc. Much simpler than setting up SSH tunnels etc. Will
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Mu-Frequenter
27 July 2008
Version: 2.5
What the heck developer? Version 2.45 doesn't work because it tells me a new version is avalable, then presents a pop-up within the application for serial number or a Buy button. This stinks. You had to have known you'd charge for this, and I bet your recent updates put in place the lock-out mechanism for the free version. Everyone on MacUpdate should know what a sleazy move this is.
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Robk
27 July 2008
Version: 2.5
I am disappointed. Up until version 2.4.5, iVPN was a FREE Open Source Project. Now starting with version 2.5, it is closed source, proprietary and no longer free. I do hope someone forks version 2.4.5, improves it and keeps it free and open source.
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Holypoly
30 June 2008
Version: 2.3
I had difficulty making the d/l link work. Here is one that worked for me: http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=229165
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truthhurts
16 June 2008
Version: 2.1
FYI, when your server is down (as it is at the moment) the update checking code returns "A new version is available (null)". Might want to check that. Also, this makes the help unusable, since it just links to the PDF on the server.
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truthhurts
08 June 2008
Version: 1.6
Wow! Sharp interface - much better than what I was describing, honestly. :) Only little bugaboo is a typo on "Store in Kechain" [sic]. Thanks again for this indispensable software!
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truthhurts
06 June 2008
Version: 1.5
Forgive me if this is an ignorant question, but is it possible to enable both PPTP and L2TP at the same time? I notice the interface only allows one or the other. I'd like to use L2TP, but some devices I'm using only support PPTP.
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Bluepolo
04 June 2008
Version: 1.4
You all realise that PPTP can be broken in less than a second, right?
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truthhurts
02 June 2008
Version: 1.1
Agreed; this is simply perfect. Drop-dead simple, and it allows seamless connectivity from any standard PPTP client - which is built into both Mac OS X and Windows. About my only gripes are: - Documentation: Really needs to discuss forwarding port 1723. Preferably would discuss what changes are made to the system to enable the VPN. - Interface: Really dark. Give up on brushed metal - it's dead. Also, there's no good reason to split so few options into two tabs when they'll easily fit on one without looking crowded. When that's all I can find to nitpick, it's a sign of excellent software.
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Wakayama
26 May 2008
Version: 1.0
does exactly what it says on the tin. Living abroad, I'm not able to get to watch 'catch up' on iplayer or the itv equivalent. This weekend I found two ways round this, one was issh, and the other was ivpn. I didn't realise they were both by the same chap - brilliant! Anyways, the review. The server is very simple to set up, but don't forget to open the ports on the server side, and port redirect the router. I bet that catches a couple of newbies out, the port is 1723. Client side, the only confusion was after entering the settings in leopard, you need to 'apply' the settings before hitting 'connect', which seems a bit Windows-ish to me. But that is nothing to do with this app or the author. Many many thanks. Now I got iplayer, and printing direct to my office comp, and afp, and.... You get the picture. Cheers
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App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.10.0 or later

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