Connecting with OpenVPN 2.4.x vs 2.5.x


As you may know there are SEVERAL changes in OpenVPN versions 2.4.x and the latest 2.5.3.

To keep things easy for you AND ourselves, we've elected to include ALL settings in the client configurations/profiles.

(Our Mac and Windows app will only use 2.5.3)

PLEASE NOTE: All client-accessible profiles will default to OpenVPN 2.4.x with TLS-Crypt V1.

To use TLS-Crypt-V2 obfuscation on OpenVPN 2.5.3 we'll need to comment/uncomment some lines in your preferred configuration files.

Step 1.

Download your preferred connection's profile/.ovpn file and open it in your preferred text editor.


Step 2.

scroll down towards the bottom and find the section that starts with:


# 2048 bit OpenVPN static key
-----BEGIN OpenVPN Static key V1-----
Key Here
-----END OpenVPN Static key V1-----

and comment every line out with # like below:

# 2048 bit OpenVPN static key
#-----BEGIN OpenVPN Static key V1-----
#Key Here
#-----END OpenVPN Static key V1-----

NOTE: There are multiple lines between BEGIN and END. All will need to be commented out.

Step 3. 

Scroll down just below that section to find the one that starts with:

#-----BEGIN OpenVPN tls-crypt-v2 client key-----
#key here
#-----BEGIN OpenVPN tls-crypt-v2 client key-----

and UNCOMMENT (delete the # characters) each line.

Step 4 (optional). 

Scroll up to the top of your .ovpn file and find:

cipher AES-256-CBC
#data-ciphers AES-256-CBC

and switch the #.

This is optional as OpenVPN 2.5.1 will still connect, it will just throw a 'future deprecation' warning.


Step 5. 

Save your file, load it into your OpenVPN client and connect!


Done! :)

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