VPN is used for setting up a virtual network connection over another physical network connection. In this case it is used to connect your computer remotely to the University of Twente network by acquiring an IP address starting with 130.89, even if your Internet Service Provider is not the same as that of the University of Twente.


  • This guide has been written for MacOS 10.12 (Sierra). It is possible that the images for other versions of MacOS are slightly different, but the steps are nearly identical. Separate manuals are available for Windows, Android, iPhone, iPad, Ubuntu.
  • This manual uses a consistent style of writing: references to text and buttons on screens are printed in italics, information that you have to enter yourself is printed in bold.

You’ll need the following:

  • An Internet connection that is already active.
  • An ICT account. This is your employee or student number with the corresponding password.
  • Local admin rights.


Step 1: Download OpenVPN software and settings

Step 2: Installation

  • Click Quit.

Step 3: Configuration

  • Open the folder with the configuration files in Finder.
  • Double click the configuration file.

Step 4: Choose users

  • Click Only Me or All Users.

 Stap 5: UPDATE  Tunnelblick (optional)

  • Start Tunnelblick
  • Click Preferences


  • Click Check Now


  • Click Install Update


  • Click Install and Relaunch


Step 1: Choose connection

  • Click the icon in the menu bar (right top of your screen).
  • Click the connection connect vpn_utwente_nl_tap.


Step 2: User credentials

  • At Username, enter your student or employee number (e.g. m0123456 or s0123456).
  • At Password enter your ICT account password.
  • Click OK.

You are connected once the screen indicates Connected and the icon is a bright tunnel. When using MacOS High Sierra 10.13 there will probably be an error, see step 3. 

STeP 3: SECURITY & PRIVACY preferences (Only for MAC OS 10.13)

When trying to connect in MacOS High Sierra 10.13 the following error appears.

To fix this error follow the following steps. 

  • Open Preferences of MacOS 
  • go to Security & Privacy
  • Click on Allow at the bottom of the tab General.