You can access Proton VPN using two sets of credentials, your Proton VPN login credentials, and OpenVPN / IKEv2 credentials. This article explains the difference between Proton credentials and OpenVPN / IKEv2 credentials, what they are used for, and where you can find them.
Your Proton credentials are the username and password you choose during signup. They are used to log in to all Proton services (such as Proton VPN and Proton Mail). For Proton VPN, you use your Proton credentials for:
- Your user dashboard available at account.protonvpn.com
- When you log in to our native Proton VPN apps
Note: For existing Proton Mail customers, your Proton credentials are your regular Proton Mail username and password.
OpenVPN / IKEv2 credentials
Your OpenVPN/IKEv2 credentials are automatically generated. They are used together with third-party VPN clients, such as Tunnelblick on macOS, or the older community OpenVPN package on Linux.
Note: The new official Linux and macOS clients use your regular Proton credentials.
For detailed guides on how to connect to Proton VPN in these ways, check out our step-by-step installation guides for macOS and Linux (note: where possible we recommend using the official Proton VPN clients for Linux or macOS instead).
If you have trouble logging in with third-party OpenVPN applications, click here to solve the problem.
Finding your OpenVPN / IKEv2 credentials
1. Log in to the web-based dashboard at account.protonvpn.com using your account credentials (the ones you set during account creation).
2. In the menu on the left, select Account > OpenVPN / IKEv2 username
From here you can copy your OpenVPN / IKEv2 username and password.