Before asking questions on an OpenVPN support channel please try to solve your problem yourself first. Nobody likes people who ask to be fed with a spoon. It's also a good idea to

A common error, made by people not familiar with IRC, is to leave too soon, only minutes after asking their question. So, please keep your IRC client open for hours (or even days) and monitor it, because it is possible that the only person that can help you is on an entirely different timezone and/or unavailable at the moment. If you are not online, he/she is not able to give an answer to you.

Once you are sure you have done your homework go ahead and ask your question: nobody expects you to know everything (including the solution) before asking a question. If you are looking for help with developing OpenVPN (OSS), please start by reading this article.

OpenVPN (OSS) user support


You should always do some research first before asking any questions. There are two good places to look:

If you need to dig really deep (i.e. nobody can help you), also take a look at these:

If you think you have found a new bug, please read this article first:

User IRC channel

The user IRC channel (#openvpn on is probably the easiest way to get help with generic OpenVPN (OSS) questions. For support with commercial products take a look below.

Windows IRC channel

If you are sure that your issue with OpenVPN is related to Windows, you can ask for assistance on the #openvpn-windows IRC channel on Freenode. If you are unsure, please use the #openvpn channel first: you will be redirected to #openvpn-windows as needed.

User support forums

OpenVPN forums are the second-easiest way to get help with OpenVPN (OSS):

To use the forums you need to create an account first:

Please select the correct forum board and ask your question.

NOTE: The best way to search the forum is to use the site: feature offered by google and duckduckgo. To use the site: search operator type into their search field like so (space must not be used between site: and the selected URL): your desired search

User mailing list

The traditional way to get support with OpenVPN (OSS) is the openvpn-users mailinglist:

You need to subscribe to it before sending in any questions:

Posts to this mailinglist are archived here:

Additional archives are available on the mailing list archives page:

Access Server user support

Access Server IRC channel

If you are using the Access Server product you should use #openvpn-as channel on for real-time support. If you are looking for official support, please type !staff and !hours to the chat window before asking questions. If not, you can ask your question any time and with any luck, a fellow user may be able to help you out.

Access server forum boards

OpenVPN forums are also used for Access server support:

To use the forums you need to create an account first:

Private Tunnel user support

If you are having trouble using Private Tunnel, please look here:

OpenVPN (OSS) developer support

Developer IRC channel

The developer IRC channel (#openvpn-devel at is most straightforward way to contact the developers. At the moment (8th Aug 2011) most active developers are in Europe, so the best time to talk to them is between 9-22 (9AM-10PM) UTC. Most of the discussion on the IRC is informal, but we do have scheduled IRC meetings, too.

NOTE: As of late July 2011 joining the #openvpn-devel channel requires being logged in to IRC using a registered Freenode nickname and password. Instructions for registering are available here.

Windows IRC channel

The #openvpn-windows IRC channel on Freenode is for people who work on OpenVPN for Windows: developers, packagers, testers and power users. Any development questions related to tap-windows6, openvpn-build or openvpn-gui should preferably be directed to this channel.

Developer mailing list

The openvpn-devel mailinglist is the main communication channel for OpenVPN (OSS) developers. If you subscribe to it, you will be able to follow the development process very closely. All other, important things (e.g. IRC meetings and meeting summaries) will be announced on the mailinglist.

Posts to this mailinglist are archived here. Additional archives are available on the mailing list archives page.

Security issues list

If you have found a potential security issue in OpenVPN you can send email to the private OpenVPN security list (security at openvpn dot net). You do not need to be subscribed to send mail there, but please do not misuse the list by sending generic support requests there, or you will just get flogged and redirected to the proper support channels.

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