Release Notes for Windows app v1.7

Posted on February 5th, 2019 by in Articles & News.

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The newest version of Proton VPN for Windows supports Split Tunneling, allowing you to decide which applications should use the VPN encrypted tunnel. There are also more profile options and OpenVPN ports.

Split Tunneling

With Split Tunneling, you can protect your private data with VPN encryption and still access public networks at the same time. By activating Split Tunneling, we will route all of your Internet traffic through the encrypted VPN tunnel except for the apps and the destination IP addresses you select. By excluding non-sensitive data from VPN encryption, you will reduce latency and be able to access foreign and locally geo-blocked content at the same time.

To activate Split Tunneling, navigate to Settings


and then select the Advanced tab.


Once you turn Split Tunneling on, you will be able to select which apps and IP addresses to exclude from the encrypted VPN tunnel. For more details, see our Support article.


Inverse Split Tunneling

Inverse Split Tunneling is, as the name suggests, the opposite of Split Tunneling. Instead of selecting which apps and IP addresses to exclude from the blanket VPN encryption, Inverse Split Tunneling lets you choose which apps have their Internet traffic encrypted in the VPN tunnel. All other traffic will be excluded from the VPN tunnel.


Increased Profile customization and syncing

You can now write longer names for your Profiles (up to 25 characters), and select new options for profile colors. Profiles are also now saved to accounts rather than devices. This means that your saved profiles will be automatically accessible on other devices that run Windows when you sign in to the Proton VPN app.

Additional OpenVPN ports

Beginning with version 1.7, the Windows app will randomly select an OpenVPN port — and it has a greater selection of ports. Not only does this provide better load balancing (leading to better performance), it also offers better protection against VPN blocking. Now, if the first port selected is blocked, the app will automatically fall back to the next randomly selected port.

Sign up for a Free plan for Windows and download version 1.7 (or the latest version) of our Windows app on our site.

We’re excited about these new features in the latest version of Proton VPN for Windows. Please join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit, and let us know you what think!

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The Proton VPN Team

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Prior to joining Proton, Richie spent several years working on tech solutions in the developing world. He joined the Proton team to advance the rights of online privacy and freedom.


  1. Alin Carter

    This VPN is good but it lacks the great prices you would normally see in other VPN providers, i suggest subscribing to FastestVPN if you’re looking for the best budget VPN.

  2. Bobby

    How about Split Tunneling for MacOS X?

  3. ProtonVPN Admin

    Hello, Bobby! Thank you for your question! The split tunneling feature for MacOS is considered to be developed in the future. Unfortunately, we cannot provide a fixed ETA at the moment. If you follow us on our social media channels, you can get all the news and updates. :)

  4. User

    I’d love to have port-forwarding as a feature in general. Please consider it.

  5. ProtonVPN Admin

    Unfortunately, port-forwarding is not supported on ProtonVPN at this moment. We will consider adding this feature in the upcoming period, but we cannot give you any specific time-frame for that to happen.

  6. Eric

    With this new version I can no longer connect to any services running on This includes Protonmail Bridge listening on I cannot connect to any local SSH tunnels either. Disconnecting and existing the software is not enough, I have to kill the Protonvpn service process in task manager to restore connectivity to It does not matter if I use an include or exclude model for split tunneling (even if I exclude, or have no splitting tunnel configuration at all, remains inaccessible. Since I rely on Protonmail Bridge I’ve had to stop using Protonvpn. Anyone else seeing the same issue?

  7. ProtonVPN Admin

    We will need more details to detect what exactly is causing that behavior so please provide all of the applicable details by creating a ticket for our support team: We would be glad to help you out!

  8. Marcos

    Will you consider adding SSH/SSL Tunneling in order to better get around ISP blocking and throttling?

  9. ProtonVPN Admin

    Hello! This would require port-forwarding which we do not support at the moment, but we will consider it for our further developments.

  10. Jack

    Richie, I would be very interested to hear ProtonVPN’s perspective on the advantages of using the VPN as it relates to new threats posed by 5G technology. Have a great day.

  11. ProtonVPN Admin

    Hello! That’s a great suggestion, thank you! It will be passed on to our team.

  12. NAS

    Love the split tum\ neling , great feature , well implemented easy to use and setup / thanks it really adds o the value

  13. A Commenter

    Interesting addition. I have two questions:
    1. Are there any plans to allow two separate tunnels to different VPN servers on a per-application basis?
    2. Is there a way to do the above on Linux with some OpenVPN magic?

  14. ProtonVPN Admin

    Hello, thank you for your comment! At the moment, we do not have any plans but we will consider implementing this feature in the future. Regarding your second question, unfortunately, that is not possible.

  15. some guy on the internet

    Awesome !
    Can’t wait for the Linux version !

  16. ProtonVPN Admin

    Hello! The native client is under development, but we cannot provide any specific date for its release yet. For now, the most optimal way to connect on Linux is via our ProtonVPN Linux tool:

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