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Widely trusted, free, and open source virtual private network application.

OpenVPN is a Virtual Private network that creates secure point-to-point or site-to-site connections in routed or bridged configurations and and remote access facilities. OpenVPN’s custom security protocol encrypts traffic through OpenSSL. Use OpenVPN to protect yourself from network attacks while using public wifi and connect your computer to services you don’t want to expose to the public Internet. 

OpenVPN as a free service allows users to get away from paid VPN services that often have clunky apps and interfaces. Launch OpenVPN with full control by using the OpenVPN One-Click App on Linode.

Software Included

The OpenVPN One-Click App will install the following required software on your Linode:

OpenVPN Access ServerVPN server software.

OpenVPN Options

VPN PasswordThe password you’ll use when connecting to your VPN. Required.

Getting Started After Deployment

Your VPN’s administrative web interface will be available via a web browser at, where represents the IPv4 address of your new Linode instance. Your IPv4 address can be found under the Networking tab on your new Linode’s detail page.

The client web interface for your VPN is located at, where your Linode’s IP address should take the place of the example address. The client interface includes links to download the OpenVPN client software for your computer.

Note: The OpenVPN Access Server does not come with an HTTP (insecure) web server daemon. Hence, it is important that you use https in the address. If you use http in the address, the server does not respond.

The username you should use to log in to your OpenVPN server is openvpn. The password for connecting to the VPN is the password you supplied in the One-Click App creation form.

Open a Connection to your VPN

To open a connection to your OpenVPN server from your computer, you’ll need to install the OpenVPN client software. Follow the instructions in the Client Software Installation section of our OpenVPN guide for a detailed explanation of how to install and use this software.

The OpenVPN Marketplace App was built by Linode. For support regarding app deployment, contact Linode Support via the information listed in the sidebar. For support regarding the tool or software itself, visit the OpenVPN Community Support Forum.