pfSense and openvpn-ubuntu-client

It’s a small recipe to setup openvpn access from Ubuntu via pfSense router.

———————————- pfSense Setup ———————————————

1) Setup openvpn on pfSense router according to this nice video-tutorial:

————————– Ubuntu openVPN Client Setup ——————————-

2) On the last step from the video tutorial, instead of downloading windows-exe-file, download zip Archive (see screenshot)


3) install openvpn on you Ubuntu host:

sudo apt-get install openvpn

4) unzip downloaded on step 2) archive to /etc/openvpn

5) You should be able to see *.ovpn file rename it to my_client.conf file

6) Edit /etc/default/openvpn file

Locate #AUTOSTART=”all”

Remove “#” from this string

======================= NOTE =========================

instead of :


you can specify:


So only my_client.conf vpn connection will be used. Please notice: it’s simply “my_client”, and not “my_client.conf”

If you leave it as AUTOSTART=”all”, then all the *.conf connections will be started

=============== NOTE ENDS ========================

7. Start VPN connection with the following command:

sudo service openvpn start

You will be asked for username and password, use the same credentials specified on step 1)

8. It takes some time to establish connection, but aftewards, you should be able to see them with the following command:

$ ifconfig

The output should be like this:

tun0 Link encap:UNSPEC HWaddr 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00
inet addr: P-t-P: Mask:
RX packets:94 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:106 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:100
RX bytes:14833 (14.8 KB) TX bytes:17900 (17.9 KB)

9. Try pinging a host from your VPN network

10. When you no longer need VPN connection, run this command:

sudo service openvpn stop

11. Please let me know if you think something is missing in this tutorial

12. Some additional links:   (Russian lang)

1 comment
  1. Shah said:

    It was very helpful. Thank you!

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