Possible to use directly a .ovpn file without GUI ?



  • Hello,

    i will use pfSense with OpenVPN as a Client, i´ve seen there is actually no function to import existing OpenVPN configurations (*.ovpn) see https://forum.pfsense.org/index.php?topic=90072.msg679864#msg679864

    I would like to have such a possiblity, without entering all required data in the web form, is this feature planned for future @DevTeam? I think its not so complicated to write a PHP upload function and save the file to the specific OpenVPN configuration path?!

    At the moment i have a problem to get started with a given configuration from an VPN provider, because not all entries from the config file can be set directly in pfSense GUI. I tried to compare the output /var/etc/openvpn/client1.conf with the given file, it differs.

    Normally i would use the following command:

    openvpn --config someServer.ovpn
    

    For testing purpose i tried this command on my client with the given config file, but the OpenVPN client on pfSense is using the following config file:

    openvpn --config /var/etc/openvpn/client1.conf
    

    I tried to replace the content with the delivered config file, but on each OpenVPN service start the content will be overriden  >:(
    Where is the call of openvpn command, which sets the static file, at this point i could use another config file?!

    What is the best way to use already existing config files in pfSense?

    Offtopic: Wow, why is the config so unstructered, is it because so historical? In modern applications there configurations based on XML/JSON structure, the is the hard convention, but in the OpenVPN configuration there are really rules, each entry can be written at the beginning or at the end.


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    I don't see that being accepted. Something to import an .ovpn to a GUI config, perhaps, but so much relies on configuration directives that we add in, like status monitoring and interface binding/updating that it would be much more complicated than you think to allow completely custom raw configurations.



  • Hi Guys,

    Didn't want to start a new thread on this one.

    OVPN config importing would be really handy for me setting up multiple SG appliances quickly.

    Is this still on the roadmap?

    Thanks
    DM



  • @DangerMouseUK said in Possible to use directly a .ovpn file without GUI ?:

    Hi Guys,

    Didn't want to start a new thread on this one.

    OVPN config importing would be really handy for me setting up multiple SG appliances quickly.

    Is this still on the roadmap?

    Thanks
    DM

    why not use the backup and restore function already built in?


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