OpenVPN Connect is the official full-featured iPhone/iPad VPN client for the OpenVPN Access Server, Private Tunnel VPN, and OpenVPN Community, developed by OpenVPN Technologies, Inc.
* Easily import .ovpn profiles from iTunes, OpenVPN Access Server, Private Tunnel, or via a browser link.
* State-of-the-art power management technology minimizes battery usage.
* Support for multi-factor authentication using OpenVPN static and dynamic challenge/response protocols.
* Full IPv6 support (at both the tunnel and transport layer).
* uses mbedTLS (not affected by Heartbleed issue)
Changes from 1.2.8 to 1.2.9:
* show MD5 warning pop-up only once per VPN session
* fix glitch upon key re-negotiation when using tls-crypt
* fix interoperability issue with private keys created using OpenSSL 1.1 default settings (aka add support for private keys encrypted using PKCS#5v2.0 with PRF newer than SHA1)
Ratings and Reviews
Terrible UI, but the official option
As Apple does not fully support the OpenVPN protocol I have to rely on this third-party app. In fact, I have been relying on it now for about a year and a half and can confirm that until the profiles I was using began insisting on passwords I was actually relying on Apple Settings UI to be able to switch between locations, now I have to do it in the OpenVPN app :(
In order to get profiles onto your iPhone you have to pass them through the open VPN app via iTunes, and it as always been such an ugly process, I wish I could still use the Apple provided UI for on phone operations. However, the OpenVPN app does provide clinical data for those more concerned.
One of the most frustrating things is having to keep an eye open to see if a VPN connection is actually active (clearly visible in the status bar), as it can sometimes drop and that is not what you want. I wish there was a way to block Wi-Fi unless an active VPN connection was established, and also automatically rotate between uploaded profiles.
It is clear that the developers come from another platform, possibly another time: like Blackberry? It is a really out of place UI and I don’t believe anybody would use this app unless it was necessary.
OpenVPN has had enough time to revamp their UI by now, yet haven’t bothered, I doubt they will before WireGuard inevitably takes its place.
Lacks support for Elliptic Curve Crypto
Original review: I was glad to see a new version available after so long, but have been dismayed to find that, in the few days since updating, the app has silently dropped my connection twice, exposing an unknown amount of my traffic. This behaviour was extremely rare on my previous version (the one released prior to the one before the current version).
Addendum: Apple appear to have added a requirement that apps request permission to create and modify VPN settings. This only became apparent after re-installing the app, and the prompts appeared. Since then, I have had no drop-outs. Rating changed to reflect this.
I (still) echo thejayjaycee's sentiment: development is too slow. Perhaps a link to a donations page should be in the next version (if Apple's Ts & Cs permit such a thing)?
Needs continued development
This is a great app, in principle. It gets you the ability to connect to OpenVPN servers, exactly what it's designed to do. Documentation for beginners could perhaps be better, but I think it's easy to get the hang of after some trial and error and using the more generalised OpenVPN manual page. However, a huge pitfall of this app is how slow its development is!! It's now 10 months since OpenVPN 2.4 was released, and this app has still failed to be updated to include it. What is going on?! I can no longer use this with my server as I upgraded it to use ECDH and ECDSA, which are more efficient methods of encryption. So now this app is useless to me, all because the developers can't update it! Please sort this out. I would be happy to pay something for this app if it meant having 2.4 included
- OPENVPN TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
- 6.9 MB
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- You must be at least 17 years old to download this application.
- Unrestricted Web Access
- © OpenVPN, Inc.
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.