I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 64bit. I have an
*.ovpn file that works if I type:
sudo openvpn client.ovpn
Now I would like to start up
openvpn when I boot the computer.
How can I do this?
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OpenVPNConfigFile.ovpn. Note that you can rename the file to anything you like.
Move the ovpn file to
cd /etc/openvpn folder and enter
sudo nano yourserver.txt
Save and Close
sudo nano OpenVPNConfigFile.ovpn
auth-user-pass and add
yourserver.txt next to it so that it becomes
This will allow you to skip entering your credentials everytime you start openvpn connection
sudo mv OpenVPNConfigFile.ovpn OpenVPNConfigFile.conf
sudo nano /etc/default/openvpn
sudo service openvpn start
You should see a message saying that you are connected. The connection will be established every time you start your computer.
openvpn package comes with an init script
/etc/init.d/openvpn. This script automatically sets up connection for every
.conf (mind the extension) file in
Found this based on information here: https://openvpn.net/index.php/open-source/documentation/howto.html#startup
If you install OpenVPN via an RPM or DEB package on Linux, the installer will set up an initscript. When executed, the initscript will scan for .conf configuration files in /etc/openvpn, and if found, will start up a separate OpenVPN daemon for each file.
I got a bit stuck on this and ended up writing out all of the instructions for setting it up with systemd manually.
This worked for me using Ubuntu 16.10 and openvpn 2.3.11
These examples use expressvpn but most would work the same way
Download your vpn provider's ovpn config file e.g. my_express_vpn_amsterdam_2.ovpn
move that to
/etc/openvpn/ and rename it to end in .conf
sudo mv ~/Downloads/my_express_vpn_amsterdam_2.ovpn /etc/openvpn/amsterdam-2.conf
Your VPN provider will provide you with a username and password for connecting over openvpn. Save the userename and then password each on their own line
sudo vim /etc/openvpn/express-vpn-crednetials.txt # add these lines YOUR_VPN_USERNAME YOUR_VPN_PASSWORD # save the file
look for a line that says
auth-user-pass and replace it with the path to your credential file
Test your config! Start openvpn like this
sudo openvpn --config /etc/openvpn/amsterdam-2.conf
openvpn should connect without asking for username or password
sudo rm /etc/systemd/system/multi-user.target.wants/openvpn.service
The config that came with openvpn was broken so I removed it and created a new one based on this answer
Create systemd service for openvpn
sudo vim /usr/lib/systemd/system/openvpn@service
add this config:
[Unit] Description=OpenVPN Robust And Highly Flexible Tunneling Application On %I After=syslog.target network.target [Service] PrivateTmp=true Type=forking PIDFile=/var/run/openvpn/%i.pid ExecStart=/usr/sbin/openvpn --daemon --writepid /var/run/openvpn/%i.pid --cd /etc/openvpn/ --config %i.conf [Install] WantedBy=multi-user.target
%iis used as a wildcard so that this service can be used for multiple vpn configurations. Set it up for the
amsterdam-2.conf file that we created earlier
sudo systemctl start email@example.com
the systemd service should now be running on the amsterdam vpn. check its status like so
sudo systemctl status firstname.lastname@example.org
you should see several lines of output ending in
Initialization Sequence Completed and your vpn should be running.
Hope this helps! related reading:
It would be nice to have a un hacker way of doing it, but this will have to do for now.
Create file myopenvpn in
Insert into myopenvpn and save:
# OpenVPN autostart on boot script start on runlevel  stop on runlevel [!2345] respawn exec /usr/sbin/openvpn --status /var/run/openvpn.client.status 10 --cd /etc/openvpn --config /etc/openvpn/client.conf --syslog openvpn