Free VPN for macOS is here! Proton VPN is now available for all macOS users.

Posted on May 30th, 2018 by in Articles & News.


With our VPN for Mac application, it is now extremely simple to switch countries, create custom profiles, connect to the Tor network, and route your traffic through our Secure Core servers. Not to mention all the essential perks of Proton VPN, like hiding your IP address, defending against cyber attacks, and unblocking censored content.

Download the Proton VPN macOS app,

If you already have a Proton VPN or Proton Mail account, you will be able to log in and begin using the app.

Get Proton VPN for free on macOS. New users can create an account here.

We are particularly excited about our macOS app because so many members of our community have requested it. Our mission is to make cyber security and privacy easy and accessible, and this launch marks a major milestone. Given that more and more people are now using Mac devices, the demand for macOS security tools is no surprise. In recent months, we have worked closely with over ten thousand beta testers from the Proton VPN community to fix bugs and develop an app that is easy to use and also looks great.

The initial feedback has been very positive and we’re excited to finally share with the rest of you our free MacOS VPN application.

Building a trustworthy free VPN service

As part of our mission to make online privacy accessible to everyone, Proton VPN comes with a free version that anyone can use. Unlike other VPNs which claim to be “free”, Proton VPN is actually free. There are no bandwidth limits, no ads, no logs, and unlike other “free” VPNs, we do not secretly sell your browsing data. If you would like to get access to advanced features and to support the project, you can upgrade to the paid version.

We built Proton VPN to fill major shortcomings among the popular VPNs, some of which secretly contain malware or do not adequately protect users. Proton VPN was developed by the same team of scientists who met at CERN and MIT and created Proton Mail, the world’s largest encrypted email service. Today, Proton Mail and Proton VPN are used by millions of journalists, activists, businesses, and ordinary citizens around the world. With the launch of Proton VPN for macOS, we’re bringing online security to even more people.

VPN for Mac features

Our new macOS app provides a highly secure (yet easy-to-use) alternative to OpenVPN applications like Tunnelblick. If you have used our apps for Android or Windows, you will recognize many of the features in our macOS VPN client.

  • Easy to use. Upon launching the macOS VPN app, users can instantly connect to the fastest server with our Quick Connect feature.
  • Modern IKEv2 protocol for higher performance. Enjoy a faster and more stable connection. IKEv2 offers much higher performance than OpenVPN, making Proton VPN one of the fastest macOS VPNs (speeds can exceed 300 Mbps under the right conditions).
  • Easily connect to any country with a single click. Choose from a list of available servers from around the world, or connect with a single click on the map.
  • Choose from Secure Core servers, Tor servers, and P2P servers. The macOS app makes it easy for users with paid plans to take advantage of all our additional security, privacy, and file sharing features.
  • Create and save custom connection profiles. When you find a server you like, you can easily create a custom profile for that connection.
  • VPN Kill Switch. With the Kill Switch security feature enabled, Proton VPN will cut your Internet connection if your connection to the VPN drops, preventing data from leaking when the VPN is not connected.

The macOS VPN app has already been through multiple rounds of testing, but we are constantly improving Proton VPN and we welcome your feedback.  If you have any suggestions or need support, you can reach out to us here.

Thank you again for your support, which is essential for keeping Proton VPN freely accessible. Your support also allows us to develop new products and features, like our upcoming iOS app! We look forward to continuing to protect your online privacy.

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Best Regards,
The Proton VPN Team

Proton was founded by scientists who met at CERN and had the idea that an internet where privacy is the default is essential to preserving freedom. Our team of developers, engineers, and designers from all over the world is working to provide you with secure ways to be in control of your online data.


  1. Producerman

    What is the BEST FREE VPN for MAc OS X 10.9.5?

    Someone… anyone?

  2. Douglas Crawford

    Hi Producerman. You can use ProtonVPN on older Macs by manually configuring OpenVPN on Tunnelblick, or manually configuring macOS’ built-in IKEv2 client.

  3. Busy Bill

    Are you kidding me STILL no support for OSX 10.11??

  4. ProtonVPN Admin

    Hello! Our ProtonVPN Mac application is supported on MacOS 10.12 and higher. If you have an older Mac device, you are able to set-up ProtonVPN via the OpenVPN platform (Tunnelblick) by following the guide below:

    If you have a MacOS 10.11 device, you’ll be able to set-up ProtonVPN via the IKEv2 protocol too:

  5. Joel McGuffog

    I think the admin of this site is actually working hard in support of
    his website, because here every stuff is quality based data.

  6. ProtonVPN Admin

    Hello, Joel! Thank you for your support, it really means a lot to us!

  7. ProtonVPN Admin

    Hello! Thank you for your kind words and support!

  8. Jasonblali

    Полностью согласен с автором, вещь дельная

  9. Bill

    Another user on my household mac receives an authentication window while logged into their account, which the do not want. Is there anyway to stop this?

  10. Augustinas

    If you are talking about the step shown in the Successful connection section (, the prompt is generated by macOS itself in order to allow the app to connect to the VPN server. Just simply click on Always Allow and you shouldn’t get the prompt as long as you won’t restart your computer.

  11. didier

    I’ve installed Prontonvpn on my MacBook Air but there is a problem.
    the connection is well established but when I start Safari or other brother there is no traffic , blank page !

  12. Augustinas

    There are might be two reasons for that – either you lose internet connection entirely or DNS is unable to resolve for you. Since we need to figure out what might be wrong, it would be best if you could contact our support team via

  13. abc

    Linux please!

  14. Andre K

    Being a Visionary subscriber I had access to the beta. Still, I am very happy with the 1.0 release. Great to see progress on the security front. I must say this is is also the most stable specialised VPN client I have used. Kudos to the developers!

  15. isvara

    And it just works great! Could be a hard work, I wish the best for the team, and just can’t wait to see what will be the next thing you come up on next. Thank you!

  16. Alicia

    Hi! Während der Installation soll man Zugriff auf den Schlüsselbund geben… gebe ich euch damit nicht auch Zugriff auf alle meine im Schlüsselbund gespeicherten Passwörter?

  17. Augustinas

    Hey Alicia! The app only picks ProtonVPN password from the keychain so you do not have to re-enter it while establishing a new connection each time.

  18. Az

    The VPN client looks great, but requires a minimum OS of 10.12 (Sierra).
    Why am I (and others) being penalised for having an older Mac that operates a maximum OS of 10.11 (El Capitan) ?

  19. Augustinas

    We have followed Apple Security requirements while developing the app which is different compared to earlier versions of macOS. However, we will check what can be done about it in later app development stages.

  20. Tony

    Agreed. I have Mac OS 10.11.X

  21. Umka

    Congratulations to Mac OS users!
    I hope Linux GUI client will be build on Qt. :)

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