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OVPN File Extension

OpenVPN Configuration Format
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    OpenVPN Technologies
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What is OVPN file?

File with OVPN extensions stores connection settings used by OpenVPN, a software tool or managing virtual networks. OVPN configuration file contains virtual private network access settings and client configuration. OVPN format was developed by Telethra Inc., and is available under open-source license.

Usage of OVPN files

OVPN files are used for creating VPN session between server and OpenVPN client. Data in OPVN files are not human-readable.

Locaation and names of OVPN files

OVPN files on Windows system are typically saved in Program FilesOpenVPNconfig folder and their filenames are server.ovpn and client.ovpn .

Programs which support OVPN file extension

Below you will find an index of software programs that can be used to open OVPN files divided into 3 categories according to system platform supported. Files with OVPN suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

Programs that support OVPN file

Windows Windows
MAC OS MAC OS
Linux Linux

Updated: 09/22/2021

How to open file with OVPN extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening OVPN files on given system. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to OpenVPN Configuration Format files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Get the OpenVPN

Install software to open OVPN file The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports OVPN files installed on the system. The solution to this problem is very simple. Download OpenVPN and install it on your device. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. The safest method of downloading OpenVPN installed is by going to developer’s website (Telethra, Inc.) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Update OpenVPN to the latest version

Update software that support file extension OVPNIf the problems with opening OVPN files still occur even after installing OpenVPN, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of OpenVPN is available. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. If you have an older version of OpenVPN installed, it may not support OVPN format. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using OpenVPN.

Step 3. Associate OpenVPN Configuration Format files with OpenVPN

If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate OVPN files with latest version of OpenVPN you have installed on your device. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Associate software with OVPN file on Windows

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the OVPN file
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the OpenVPN installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open OVPN files box and clicking OK button.
Associate software with OVPN file on Mac

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected OVPN file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Open the Open with section by clicking its name
  • Select OpenVPN and click Change for all...
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with OVPN extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Verify that the OVPN is not faulty

You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper OVPN file. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

Check OVPN file for viruses
1. The OVPN may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the OVPN file hinders attempts to open it. Scan the OVPN file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. If the scanner detected that the OVPN file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

2. Verify that the OVPN file’s structure is intact

If the OVPN file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. When downloading the file with OVPN extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the OpenVPN Configuration Format file.

4. Make sure that the system has sufficient resources to run OpenVPN

If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with OVPN extension. In this case close the other applications.

5. Check if you have the latest updates to the operating system and drivers

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with OpenVPN Configuration Format files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It may be the case that the OVPN files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

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