How to start/stop OpenVPN client from command line



I have import the client.ovpn file, and work perfectly will I activate the connection by clicking the connect button.

But I wonder how I can start and stop the connection from command line, I tried to run the full command that is shown in “ps” command it does not work.

Anybody knows the trick?


it is simple

openvpn /etc/openvpn/xxxxxx.ovpn

This starts the vpn but not necessary fix firewall rules. You still need to change firewall in order to route correctly.


I did notice using
/etc/init.d/startvpn restart

doesnt work anymore – seems to get hung up


It should work. Did you modify your ovpn manually? there should be a line



Found the bug in startvpn. Does not like spaces in the ovpn file names. Added a fix to the tracker:


I think this should be fixed already. Maybe you are using an old version?

Pls specify your model and version.


I am on 3.013 on 300M. I just verified by unpacking the tar image from the bug is present there.


Got it. Thanks. We will check.

This should be fixed already.