I know that Mac OS 10.6.6 has a built in VPN server that one can access through command line. Is there an easier way? Can I make an Automator or AppleScript program that starts and stops the built–in VPN server? I have Developer tools installed.

I see that there are several paid software front–ends, like "iVPN", yet I would rather learn how to do this by myself.

The man pages are a bit thick for me. But if I could find a step by step walk through then maybe I could parse the man pages.


Looks like this is what you're after, though I haven't tried it myself.


  • Thanks this is a bit more complex than I thought, yet I am going to give it a shot. I will try to do this for a few days then before I hit something I will go buy "iVPN"... – Lin Mu Jan 13 '11 at 11:45
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    There is an old version of iVPN, from back when it was open source, available here. tinyapps.org/docs/os_x_vpn_server.html – jtjacques Jan 13 '11 at 11:48

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