.OVPN File Extension
OpenVPN Configuration File
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What is an OVPN file?
An OVPN file is a configuration file used by the Windows version of OpenVPN Technologies OpenVPN, a virtual private network (VPN) application. It contains settings used to create a VPN connection with a remote computer. You can open an OVPN file using OpenVPN to start a VPN session.
OpenVPN contains a set of sample configuration files, stored in its sample-config-files directory. In Windows, you can also access these sample configurations by opening the Windows Start menu and then selecting OpenVPN → OpenVPN Sample Configuration Files. The sample configuration files are named server.ovpn and client.ovpn.
You should store any custom OVPN files that you create in the Program Files/OpenVPN/config directory.
NOTE: On Unix systems, OVPN files use the .conf extension instead of the .ovpn extension.
How to open an OVPN file
OVPN files are meant to be used to start VPN connections in OpenVPN. To use an OVPN file to start a VPN connection, right-click the file and select Start OpenVPN on this configuration file. That will create the VPN connection specified in your OVPN file.
If you need to edit an OVPN file (for example, to adjust the VPN connection settings it contains), you can do so using any text or source code editor, such as Microsoft Visual Studio Code (cross-platform) or GitHub Atom (cross-platform).