NordVPN’s VPN client is an application that enables you to connect to a secure VPN server, encrypting your data in the process. Once you download and install VPN client software, the NordVPN app will secure your device in just a few clicks. VPN client installation files can differ based on the operating systems you’re using. For example, the file will be .exe for the Windows operating system and .dmg for macOS. Get the VPN client for all major operating systems.
Check out what your devices need to run NordVPN smoothly.
Application: Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (version 1607+), Windows 11;
OpenVPN client manual (the most recent version): Windows 7, Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (version 1507+), Windows 11;
OpenVPN manual (older version): Windows XP, Windows Vista;
IKEv2 manual: Windows 7, Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (version 1507+), Windows 11;
Not supported: Anything older than Windows XP.
IKE application: macOS 10.12+;
Website application (the most recent version): macOS 10.12+;
IKEv2 manual: macOS 10.12+;
OpenVPN client manual: macOS 10.4+;
Not supported: Anything older than macOS 10.4.
Supported architectures: aarch64, armv5, armv7, i386, and x86_64;
Minimal kernel version: 3.7.0 for aarch64, 3.2.0 for other architectures;
Required dependencies: procps, iproute2 / iproute, iptables, xsltproc, systemd.
VPN clients reroute your device’s data traffic through a secure VPN server, encrypting your connection and changing your IP address in the process. Here’s how it goes:
There are plenty of free VPNs available online — so why should you choose a paid one instead?
Most people turn to VPNs because they want to protect their privacy online. Unfortunately, by using free VPNs, you might be doing the opposite. Free VPN providers also have to make money. And they sometimes do it by selling their clients’ data or using their devices as exit nodes for paying users. Because of the heavy loads and a weak network of servers, free VPNs are also often unstable and may terminate your connection at any moment.
Paid VPN providers, like NordVPN, offer speed and security. Thousands of servers in all corners of the world guarantee that there’s always one close by — so you always get the best speed possible. Paid VPN clients are also more reliable when it comes to your privacy. With bulletproof encryption algorithms and extra features like Auto-connect and Kill Switch, NordVPN guards your data 24/7.
Setting up the manual open-source code OpenVPN connection on your device manually can have a few benefits. For instance, you can tinker with more advanced settings according to your needs.
So, where should you start? Download the OpenVPN configuration files and follow our guides on how to set it up on your devices.
Having trouble with the manual setup? Contact our support for help!
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