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Mac OS setup

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You can connect a Mac to NordVPN using a variety of connection methods.

Click on one of the connection methods below to read more:

NordVPN application - recommended

The NordVPN native application is the recommended option for connecting to NordVPN servers on your Mac. It is designed with user experience in mind - having easy access to a variety of popular service features, like Double VPN or Onion servers and automated Kill-Switch. The application is available in two flavors - an OpenVPN version, and an IKEv2 version - they use different VPN protocols to connect.

Download here: nordvpn.com/download/

Installation & connection guide is available here:
https://support.nordvpn.com/hc/en-us/articles/115003841029

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OpenVPN (Tunnelblick)

The Tunnelblick application is one of the alternative options for connecting to NordVPN servers on your Mac.  If you prefer a manual connection and tinkering with open-source software, this is a good option to connect to NordVPN.  That said, it lacks the additional features of the NordVPN native app, but still uses the same VPN protocol - the OpenVPN protocol. It's also a bit more complicated to set up - please see additional guides below for set-up assistance.

Download links, installation & connection guide are available here:
https://support.nordvpn.com/hc/en-us/articles/115003837845

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OpenVPN (Viscosity)

The Viscosity application is one of the alternative options for connecting to NordVPN servers on your Mac.  If you prefer a manual connection and tinkering with open-source software, this is a good option to connect to NordVPN.  That said, it lacks the additional features of the NordVPN native app, but still uses the same VPN protocol - the OpenVPN protocol. It's also a bit more complicated to set up - please see additional guides below for set-up assistance.

Download links, installation & connection guide are available here:
https://support.nordvpn.com/hc/en-us/articles/115003838005

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IKEv2/IPsec

The IKEv2/IPsec connection method is one of the alternative options for connecting to NordVPN servers on your Mac. This connection method is preferred by privacy enthusiasts, as IKEv2/IPsec security protocol is currently one of the most advanced in the market. Having said that, this manual set-up lacks the additional features of the native NordVPN app, is a bit more complicated to set up, and is only available on Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) or newer.

What makes this connection method so unique is that the only file that needs to be downloaded and installed is the NordVPN digital certificate. Mac OS provides the connection application itself - it's built right into Mac OS.

Certificate download link and connection guide are available here:
https://support.nordvpn.com/hc/en-us/articles/115003842789

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L2TP/IPsec
Please Note: Although technically you can use the L2TP / PPTP protocols, they have serious security flaws. Whenever possible, we recommend choosing OpenVPN or IKEv2/IPSec instead.

The L2TP/IPsec connection method is one of the alternative options for connecting to NordVPN servers on your Mac. It lacks the additional features of the NordVPN app, and, more importantly, uses a different VPN protocol - L2TP in conjunction with the IPsec protocol.

This connection method is less secure than the methods available for Mac OS, since it's a much older protocol.

Connection guide is available here:
https://support.nordvpn.com/hc/en-us/articles/115003839705

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PPTP
Please Note: Although technically you can use the L2TP / PPTP protocols, they have serious security flaws. Whenever possible, we recommend choosing OpenVPN or IKEv2/IPSec instead.

The PPTP connection method is one of the alternative options for connecting to NordVPN servers on your Mac. It lacks the additional features of the NordVPN app, and, more importantly, uses a different VPN protocol - the PPTP protocol.

This connection method is the oldest and least secure VPN protocol - however the weak encryption does provide a fast connection speed.

Connection guide is available here:
https://support.nordvpn.com/hc/en-us/articles/115003840125

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