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OpenVPN Setup Guide for pfSense (2.5.2)

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Note: Dedicated IP addon can be only be connected with Ras protocol i.e PPTP/L2TP/SSTP.

pfSense is an open-source firewall and router that is available completely free of cost. It offers load balancing, unified threat management along with multi WAN amongst other features for those particularly concerned about their online security. Fortunately, users can further enhance its capabilities via PureVPN’s OpenVPN, which can be setup on the latest pfSense (2.5.2) by following the given steps:

Things to Consider:

Before you begin, please make sure that:

  • You have a working internet connection
  • VPN Supported Router.
  • Own a premium PureVPN account (If you do not already own one, you can buy a subscription from www.purevpn.com)

  • In order to configure OpenVPN on pfSense, first download the required OpenVPN files from link below and extract them.


  • After login, Go to the ‘Cert Manager’ option under ‘System’ and then click ‘+ Add’ to add a new CA certificate.

Now enter the following information:

  • Descriptive name: PureVPN_CA
  • Method: Import an existing Certificate Authority
  • Certificate Data: Open the ca2.crt file, copy and paste it’s content in the box.
  • Click ‘Save’ button to save the file.
  • Now go to the “VPN” option and select ‘OpenVPN’ then select the ‘Clients’ tab and then click “+Add” to create a VPN profile.
  • Now enter the following details:
  • Server Mode: Peer-to-Peer (SSL/TLS)
  • Protocol: TCP on IPv4 only or UDP on IPv4 only
  • Device Mode: tun- Layer 3 Tunnel Mode
  • Interface: WAN
  • Server host or address: de-obf-ovpn.pointtoserver.com (You can use your desired server address here)
  • Server Port: Enter 80 for TCP or 53 for UDP
  • Proxy Authentication: None
  • Avoid configuring or changing any other options.
  • Username: Enter your PureVPN username.
  • Password: Enter your PureVPN password.
  • Under ‘Cryptographic Settings’ select the following options:
  • TLS Configuration: Use a TLS Key. Uncheck the ‘Automatically generate a TLS Key’.
  • Open the Wdc.key, copy and paste its content in the next box that pops up.
  • TLS Key Usage Mode: TLS Authentication
  • TLS Keydir Direction: Use default direction
  • Peer Certificate Authority: PureVPN_CA (select the CA you created in step#1)
  • Client Certificate: None
  • Enable Data Encryption Negotiation: Checked
  • Data Encryption Algorithm: Add AES-128-GCM and AES-256-CBC in the allowed list.
  • Fallback Data Encryption Algorithm: AES-256-GCM
  • Authentication digest Algorithm: SHA1 (160 bit)
  • Hardware Crypto: No Hardware Crypto Acceleration
  • Under Advanced Settings keep the Gateway as ‘IPv4 only’
  • After entering all the details, click on the “Save” button.
  • Now go to the ‘NAT’ option under ‘Firewall’ tab.

Select ‘Outbound’ and then click on “Manual Outbound NAT rule generation. Advanced Outbound NAT (AON)” Click ‘Save’ and then ‘Apply Changes’.

  • You will see a Mappings window. Each WAN perimeter within needs to be changed to OpenVPN. This can be done after clicking on the edit button.
  •  Click on ‘Edit’ icon and make the following changes:
  • Change the Interface from WAN to OpenVPN.
  • Address Family: IPv4
  • Protocol: Any
  • Once done, click ‘Save’ to apply changes.
  • Above step is repeated three times across the board for all interfaces to change them to OpenVPN, after which the mappings window will look something like this:
  •  Now go to the ‘Status’ tab and select ‘OpenVPN’ under it to check your connection status.

PureVPN is connected now on your pfSense 2.4.5

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Comments (6 )


  1. Dave Ogden says:

    The file “Open WDC.key” doesn’t exist.
    The file “Open Client.key” doesn’t exist.
    The two file available are “wdc.key” and “ca.crt” neither of which provide the data needed to complete steps 3 (the optional part admittedly) and 5.
    I’d also like to know how I could configure pfsense to use my static ip too. I can find no information on this.

  2. anonymous says:

    This guide is usless and does not work at all

    • PureVPN Team says:

      We apologies for the inconvenience. The above guide have worked for many users, if you are facing any issue then we request you to join us on live chat so we may assist you in better way.

      Looking forward to hear from you!

    • Pete March says:

      This guide worked first time for me. I am running latest PFsense

      • Proteuz says:

        The guide would work just fine if the file names in the zip file would be the same as on the guide. Would create a lot less confusion for ppl i guess.