List of OpenVPN-based VPN Services

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OpenVPN VPN providersOpenVPN is a free and open source virtual private network (VPN) application for creating point-to-point or server-to-multi client encrypted tunnels between host computers. It is probably the most secure protocol used by VPN providers.  Below you can find a list of several popular OpenVPN VPN providers that offer OpenVPN as connecting application.

OpenVPN uses the OpenSSL library to provide encryption of both the data and control channels. It lets OpenSSL do all the encryption and authentication work. Thus, it allows OpenVPN to use all the ciphers available in the OpenSSL package. It’s a little more challenging to set up that PPTP but with the right tutorials an average computer user should not encounter any problems.

What is an OpenVPN VPN provider?

OpenVPN VPN providers use the OpenVPN protocol to connect users to VPN servers. Every provider uses its configurations to set up the connections, depending on the desired level of encryption.

How do the VPN providers integrate OpenVPN?

There are two ways OpenVPN can be integrated. The first one by using the OpenVPN user interface and predefined configuration files provided by the VPN service. Thus, when you subscribe to such a VPN service, you need to download some .opvn files that will be used by the OpenVPN UI to connect to the desired servers. The advantage to this approach is that you may use several VPN services from the same interface and connect to a large variety of servers.

The second approach is to integrate the OpenVPN connection library in custom build apps. Thus, you don’t need to install OpenVPN yourself. It will be done silently by the app installer. The advantage offered by such apps is that you may switch between different VPN protocols (for example from OpenVPN to PPTP, L2TP or SSTP).

My recommendation is to go for the second type of providers if you are a regular VPN user and you plan to use one service at a time. However, for users with special needs (lots of locations and IPs), the OpenVPN UI can be a more straightforward alternative.

List of OpenVPN VPN providers

Finally, here is the list of several OpenVPN based VPN services (alphabetically ordered):

VPN Provider Countries Price Bandwidth
HideIpVPN USA, UK, Germany, Canada, Netherlands, Poland $9.95/month Unlimited
HideMyAss USA, UK, Canada, Netherlands, Germany,   Ireland,  Sweden, Estonia, Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, Portugal, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Romania, Spain, Turkey, Singapore $11.52/month Unlimited
Hotspot Shield USA free/ ad-based Unlimited
IPVanish USA, UK, Netherlands, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Norway, Russia, Luxembourg from $10/month Unlimited
ibVPN USA, UK, Canada, Netherlands, Germany, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Norway, Russia, Luxembourg, France, Singapore, Italy, Romania, Austria, Poland, Poland, Portugal, Finland, Israel, Brazil from $9.95/month Unlimited
PureVPN USA, UK, Germany + many more from $9.95/month Unlimited

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18 comments… add one
  • geetee Mar 30, 2010

    HotSpotVPN has offered an openvpn based vpn since 2005.

  • HideIP Admin Mar 30, 2010

    @geetee – You are right. I will add Hotspot Shield to the list. Thanks!

  • Christopher Luvua Apr 14, 2010

    VPNPRONET offers OpenVPN strange you guys dont place them in your list.

  • Francis May 10, 2010

    SwissVPN is located in Sweden and limited to 512kbps? May I know where I can find that piece of information?

  • HideIP Admin May 10, 2010

    @Francis – You are right. This is a mistake. SwissVPN has servers located in Switzerland and the traffic is unlimited. Thank you for letting me know.

  • Francis May 10, 2010

    No problem. The price is actually 6 CHF per month.

    @HideIP Admin

  • HideIP Admin May 10, 2010

    @Francis – I have corrected that too. Thanks!

  • Francis May 10, 2010

    @HideIP Admin – No problem. Looking forward to see you do a list of torrent friendly VPN providers.

  • HideIP Admin May 10, 2010

    @Francis – That is a great idea! I’ll do it soon.

  • Francis May 11, 2010

    According to its website, ConnectionVPN is offering €15/quarter actually. No options for monthly payment.

  • HideIP Admin May 11, 2010

    @Francis – You are right again 🙂

  • nightrace May 17, 2010

    Darknet VPN is in Sweden. They use the same network as Anonine and Privacy.io and are just as fast. I suggest using the WorldIP Firefox extension before you go shopping for a VPN.

  • Peter Pan May 25, 2010

    you forgot some…
    s6n.org(was free for a long time, but free is only accessible from specific countrys now)
    ivacy.com-the best you can get xD
    ultravpn.fr-locked down some(many) protocols
    relakks – how could you forget?
    Alonweb(careful,the do DPI and limit http requests to 4mb in free version)
    tiggerswelt.net(high traffic price, but heavy performance)

    the tricky thing is, that many of the vpn providers who offer things for free long time have either an paid service funding the free one or are suspect to be driven by governments, even your site may be…
    traffic does cost, the most hosters lock down “outproxys” very fast, so the question is, why is ultravpn still on ovh hosts while they banned much more slower tor outies within hours…

    so governments could do it the same way as “ultrasurf”, or even easier(openvpn instead of exe), and they can stil gain full access logs, and the real ips of the subjects that are searching for privacy…and if they want, the may spoof or man-in-the-middle e-mail accounts,website comments and so on..
    try ivacy, they have ultimae internal resources and outproxies insome countrys where outproxys need to be, for watching movies, just an ip from country xx may be enough, but for real privacy the outproxy HAS to be out of reach from governments or you directly switch off your pc…

    have a goot time

  • Rainbow6 May 29, 2010

    Hey, bolehvpn.net is not listed. It has quite a large number of servers scattered across the globe.

  • Astrill Aug 26, 2010

    Astrill has just launched is own OpenVPN services. It’s named Astrill SSL VPN.

    Astrill offers all range of VPN solutions for same price.

  • Meg Dec 12, 2010

    I have used VPN4all.com and I know they are OpenVPN because that is one of the reasons I chose them. From what I researched this is the safest protocol which I see is said here as well! Glad I made that choice.

  • Reheae Shinem Dec 16, 2010

    I used this openvpn based free vpn service:

    freeopenvpn.com

    It provides free openvpn connection, works very well.

    R.S

  • JcSupastar Aug 30, 2011

    Can’t help but wonder why Cryptocloud fails to recieve mention in any of your postings. No doubt you know who we are… and for those who don’t Cryptocloud is THE vpn for p2p with a strict no logging policy. I know because i answer all the dmca letters we receive. Before choosing any vpn provider i suggest reading their Terms of Service. Ours are written in plain understandable english, not legalese.

    Of course I will be happy to talk to you about our service and pass along updates and other information you might need for future postings.

    JcS

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