Astrill Setup Manual:How to configure OpenVPN with OpenVPN application on Windows

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How to Install

1. To download the OpenVPN Windows installer, visit the OpenVPN downloads page.

  • This is a simple, user-friendly GUI-based OpenVPN client software package for configuration and management on Windows OS.


2. Select the Windows Installer option. Click Save and it will ask you to allow changes on your computer and hit YES.


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3. The Setup Wizard prompt will appear. Click Next to continue.


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4. The OpenVPN license agreement and terms appear. Click I Agree to continue.


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5. The component selection dialog appears. Leave all components checked with their default settings and click Next.


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6. Select your destination folder and click Install.

  • Note the Destination Folder location during install (usually C:\Program Files\OpenVPN or C:\Program Files (x86)\OpenVPN)


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7. When the installation is complete, click Next. The wizard will notify you of the completion of the installation and prompt you to click Finish.


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8. Generate and Download Astrill Openvpn configuration ZIP from Astrill Openvpn Certificates generation page.


Astrill VPN Tools Page

Astrill Openvpn Certificates Generation Page

Astrill Openvpn Certificates Generation Page


  • 1. Type a Description like OpenVPN_GUI.
  • 2. Click on Add to my certificates button.


Astrill Openvpn Certificates Generation Page

  • Once OpenVPN certificate is added, click on Download button.


9. Right click on Astrill-OpenVPN_GUI zipped folder and choose Extract Files. Extract the files from the configuration ZIP into the config folder in the OpenVPN destination folder referenced in step 6. By default, it will be C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\config or C:\Program Files (x86)\OpenVPN\config. Extract all files to this config folder.

  • Do note that generic Openvpn client doesn't support loading more than 50 servers. Astrill application Openvpn client doesn't suffer from this limitation though!


Openvpn Config Folder

Openvpn Config Folder

Openvpn Config Folder


10. Find the OpenVPN GUI icon on your desktop, right-click on it, and choose Properties from the context menu.


Openvpn GUI Icon Context Menu


In the Properties window, click "Advanced..."


Openvpn GUI Icon Context Menu


Check "Run as administrator". Click OK to close the "Advanced Properties" window and the OpenVPN GUI Properties window.


Openvpn GUI Icon Context Menu


How to Connect

1. Find the OpenVPN GUI icon on your desktop and double-click it to launch OpenVPN.


2. In the taskbar tray, right click on the OpenVPN GUI icon and start importing ovpn files from Astrill OpenVPN_GUI folder. After importing, right click on OpenVPN GUI icon to find a server you want to connect to and choose Connect.


Openvpn GUI Taskbar Tray Icon


3. The OpenVPN GUI icon in the tray will turn green and popup notification once the secure connection is established.


Openvpn GUI Connected Tray Popup Notification

Openvpn GUI Connected Tray Popup Notification


How to Disconnect

1. Right click on the OpenVPN GUI icon in the taskbar.


2. Find the site you are connected to, and choose Disconnect from the site's submenu. The OpenVPN GUI icon in the tray will turn red once the disconnection is complete.


Openvpn GUI Disconnect Menu


You can even check out this video for visual representation of above steps.


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