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What is a VPN client?

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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.

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Technical specifications for VPN clients

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Requirements for Windows VPN client

Application: Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (version 1607+);
OpenVPN client manual (the most recent version): Windows 7, Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (version 1507+);
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+);
Not supported: Anything older than Windows XP.

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Requirements for macOS VPN client

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.

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Requirements for Linux VPN client

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.

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Requirements for iOS VPN client

Application: iOS 11+;
OpenVPN client and IKEv2 manual: iOS 9+;
Not supported: Anything older than iOS 9.

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Requirements for Android VPN client

Application: Android 6+;
OpenVPN client manual: Android 4.1+;
IKEv2 manual: Android 4.0.3+;
Not supported: Anything older than Android 4.0.3.

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How does a VPN client work?

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VPN clients reroute your device’s data traffic through a secure VPN server, encrypting your connection and changing your IP address to that of a VPN server.

NordVPN secures your connection with AES-256 encryption, and you can manually select between three protocols, according to your specific needs: OpenVPN, IKEv2, and NordLynx.

You can also choose from one of the widest VPN server networks in the industry, with 5100+ VPN servers available in 60 countries.

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Should you configure your VPN manually?

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.

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