VPN Monitor is a status bar application to immediately reconnect a dropped VPN connection.

The 'Always On' VPN solution for macOS - limits your VPN downtime to the absolute minimum!

*** Specifications ***

- Reconnects VPN services from 'System Preferences -> Network'
- Able to reconnect L2TP & Cisco IPSec
- Able to reconnect PPTP (only on macOS 10.11 or earlier)
- Unable to reconnect IKEv2 (due to macOS restrictions), however able to detect a dropped IKEv2 connection and reconnect to L2TP/IPSec

*** Features ***

- Auto connect at App startup
- Safe network (standby on trusted networks)
- Fallback feature to skip unresponsive VPN servers
- Temporary disconnect
- Heartbeat (2nd layer of security)
- HUD panel with uptime, downtime, reconnects, speed
- Desktop notifications
- Energy saving option
- Rotate VPN connection

Note: VPN Monitor will not block outgoing traffic while the VPN connection is down.

*** Important ***

VPN Monitor does not include a VPN service/subscription.

VPN Monitor is not a macOS VPN replacement or protocol.

At least one 'default' VPN service should be manually configured under 'System Preferences > Network'. See VPN Monitor's built-in help for details on correct VPN configuration.

*** Operation ***

VPN Monitor gets notified of changes in macOS network connection status and immediately takes the required actions. Its intelligent connect, reconnect and fallback approach ensures carefree operation. There is no CPU intensive 'status polling' involved (as in AppleScripts or other Apps).


VPN Monitor is completely ad-free, safe and private.

If you like this app, please take some time to rate it.


What's New

Version 2.0

Detects a dropped IKEv2 connection and reconnects to L2TP/Cisco IPSec
Improved VPN detection
Improved handling of large lists of VPN configurations
Updated Preferences
Updated Help

Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5

8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Saves time and frustration.


Keeps me connected all the time and reconnects quickly if I get dropped from my office VPN. Great tool that’s worth the small price to avoid frustrations and wasted time.

The only quirk is the whitelist for network SSID’s is based on the MAC address of the device you’re connecting to, rather than the SSID. When I’m at work as I roam the building with different hotspots that all utilize the same SSID I have to whitelist each and every one of them. I wish I could just whitelist anything using that SSID name rather than idividual MAC addresses.

Best in the Store


Initially had a problem with an older OSX. Contacted support, and the App Store was updated with the fix less than 24 hours later!
VPN has been perfect ever since.
I tried other apps all of which had various problems. Unfortunately their developers were non-responsive.
More features, better support, cheaper price… VPN Monitor is a great App.

Great little app, but...


This app now works as described and works extremely well. I use it all the time when I’m out being a roadwarrior. I do wish it would be possible to implement the IKEv2 format into this. Will give 5 stars if IKEv2 can finally be implemented.


Jan Nutbroek
3.3 MB
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2014-2018 JF Nutbroek


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