Install OpenVPN on FreeNAS#

1. (Optional) Create jail#

If you want OpenVPN to run in a jail, you must first create one. If you already have jail, or don't want to use it go to step 2.

Go to the FreeNAS GUI. In the menu, click on Jail → Add Jail. Enter ovpn as the name for the jail.

2. Enable SSH#

SSH:ing into your FreeNAS server with the root account is disabled by default. You will therefore have to create a new user. In the menu, click on Accounts → Users. Click on ADD and fill out the form. Check the box to permit sudo on the account.

In the menu, click on Services. Make sure SSH is On. In the left menu, click on Services → SSH.

3. SSH to the NAS#

Use a SSH client to SSH to your NAS. If you're on Windows, we suggest Putty. If you're on macOS or Linux, use the terminal.

4. Enter the jail (if created)#

If you're using a jail, we now need to enter it. Write:


Locate the JID for the jail you want. The name for the jail is under the Hostname column.

jexec **REPLACE WITH THE JID** tcsh

5. Enter the jail (if created)#

If you're using a jail, we now need to enter it. Write:


6. Elevate privileges#

sudo su -

7. Enable auto start#

echo 'openvpn_enable="YES"' >> /etc/rc.conf && echo 'openvpn_enable="YES"' >> /conf/base/etc/rc.confecho 'openvpn_configfile="/usr/local/etc/openvpn/openvpn.conf"' >> /etc/rc.conf && echo 'openvpn_configfile="/usr/local/etc/openvpn/openvpn.conf"' >> /conf/base/etc/rc.conf

8. Download the configuration & set#

cd /tmp && mkdir -p /usr/local/etc/openvpn && mkdir /conf/base/etc/local/openvpn && cp config/* /conf/base/etc/local/openvpn && mv config/* /usr/local/etc/openvpn && rm -rf config

9. Enter your login credentials#

echo "**CHANGE TO YOUR USERNAME**" >> /usr/local/etc/openvpn/credentials
echo "**CHANGE TO YOUR PASSWORD**" >> /usr/local/etc/openvpn/credentials
cp /usr/local/etc/openvpn/credentials /conf/base/etc/local/openvpn/credentials

10. Start OpenVPN and see that everything works#

/usr/local/etc/rc.d/openvpn start

11. Verify that the connection was successful#

Wait for about a minute after running the last command, then run:

The service you should check is openvpn@NAME where NAME is the name of your configuration file (without the .conf). So if your openvpn configuration file is /etc/openvpn/ovpn.conf you should use command as below.

systemctl status openvpn@ovpn

You should see something like:

openvpn@**ovpn**.service - OpenVPN connection to **ovpn**
Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/openvpn@.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
Active: active (running) since Mon 2017-10-23 07:57:37 CEST; 2h 15min ago
Docs: man:openvpn(8)

12. Done#

Congratulations! Now your FreeNAS will connect to CloudLAN Room automatically when it is started.


In case the connection was not set up properly when you verified it in the previous step, please send us the OpenVPN log so we can assist. You can retrieve it by writing:

sudo -icat /tmp/openvpn.log

You can also check if OpenVPN is running properly by writing:

ps aux|grep openvpn


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