I discovered this new annoying bug in El Capitan 10.11.2 running on a MacBook Pro Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013.

Sometimes when I click on the VPN icon in the menu bar, I get "VPN is not configured" despite the fact that I configured three. It is all resolved by going into System Preferences → Network, then unchecking and rechecking the "Show VPN Status in menu bar" checkbox.

Even though I can manually sort the issue each time, I would like a more robust and permanent solution.

  • Is there a reason you're not upgrading to a fully patched version of El Capitan? Seems like the easiest fix for this would be to upgrade to 10.11.6.... May 7, 2018 at 17:02
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    Todd, you are ~2 years too late in your comment. MacOS 10.13.x solved the issue long ago. May 9, 2018 at 13:45
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    The bug appears to be back with Catalina 10.15.4
    – Jimothy
    Apr 27, 2020 at 18:19

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One workaround that I found useful was to use Tunnelblick rather than macOS built-in VPN networking. Tunnelblick is open source and generally respected, and if you are able to install this software on your machine, it is a more robust and permanent solution than macOS' Networking prefpane.

  • As I mentioned in a comment above the issue was solved at some point by an upgrade. Aug 12, 2018 at 19:39

This was a bug on El Capitan and it is now back with Catalina. Connecting to the VPN via network preferences also repopulates the list like toggling show/hide does, but there is no fix yet.


Try switching Wifi networks, and then switching back to the one you were on. Worked for me!

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