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Setup Tutorials

How to set up L2TP VPN on macOS

In this tutorial we will show you how to set up L2TP VPN on macOS but first let’s see what are our requirements and recommendations.

Requirements

In order to set up the L2TP VPN you will need:

  1. A CactusVPN account. If you don’t have one you can try our services for free.
  2. Your VPN username, password and VPN server address. You can find them in your account on our website, by going to your package.

Recommendations

  • To skip the manual setup and for more features we recommend to use the CactusVPN App for macOS.
  • L2TP is not the best option for online security and privacy. We recommend using OpenVPN or IKEv2.

If you still want to set up L2TP VPN manually, go step-by-step through following instructions:

L2TP VPN Setup instructions

  1. Click on the “apple” on the upper left side of your screen and select “System Preferences” (1).

    How to set up L2TP VPN on macOS: Step 1

  2. In “System Preferences” click on the “Network” icon (2).

    How to set up L2TP VPN on macOS: Step 2

  3. Click on the “+” icon (3) in the lower left corner of the screen.

    How to set up L2TP VPN on macOS: Step 3

  4. Select next options:
    For “Interface” (4) select “VPN”.
    For “VPN Type” (5) select “L2TP over IPSec”.
    In the “Service name” (6) field type “VPN (L2TP)”.
    Click “Create” (7).

    How to set up L2TP VPN on macOS: Step 4

  5. On the next screen do the following:

    On “server address“ (8) field type the IP address of the VPN server you desire to connect to. You can find all the available servers in the package details in your account.

    On “Account Name” field (9) type your VPN username. You can find your VPN username and password in your account on our website, by going to your package. Make sure you use your VPN username and password and NOT the website account credentials (What is the difference?).

    Click on “Authentication Settings…” (10).

    How to set up L2TP VPN on macOS: Step 5

  6. Select “Password” and type your VPN password (11). Under “Machine Authentication”, click the radio button for “Shared Secret”. Enter “cactusvpn” (without quotes) in the “Shared Secret” text field and click “OK” (13), then click “Apply” button.

    How to set up L2TP VPN on macOS: Step 6

  7. On Network window click on “Advanced” button (14).

    How to set up L2TP VPN on macOS: Step 7

  8. On “Options” tab (15) check the “Send all traffic over VPN connection” checkbox (16). Click “Ok” (17).

    How to set up L2TP VPN on macOS: Step 8

Your L2TP VPN on macOS connection is now created.

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