Apple Silicon (M1) Native Support

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Apple Silicon (M1) Native Support

Post by QuickMacQuestion » Wed Jun 02, 2021 9:24 pm

Hello,
Is there any word on when an Apple Silicon (M1) build of OpenVPN Connect will be released? It looks like the x86_64 version works fine with Rosetta, but it would be nice to have a native version.

Thanks!

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Re: Apple Silicon (M1) Native Support

Post by openvpn_inc » Mon Jun 14, 2021 8:39 am

Hello,

We will be doing a native build but not right away. Reason for that is that we tested our current version and found that it works completely stable on M1 and has close to no performance loss either. As you say, having a native version is nice to have, but not critical. At the moment we are focused on getting OpenVPN Connect v3.3 rolled out across all supported platforms. After that we'll work on native builds for M1 processor type for a next major release, among other items that people are asking for.

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Re: Apple Silicon (M1) Native Support

Post by CBACIT » Fri Jun 18, 2021 8:31 pm

How long would it take to make a major release past 3.3?

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Re: Apple Silicon (M1) Native Support

Post by openvpn_inc » Wed Jun 23, 2021 3:13 pm

Hello CBACIT,

At this point, with OpenVPN Connect v3.3 still in its rollout phase, trying to indicate a release date for the next major version is purely speculation at the moment. I'm sorry, I cannot provide you with an estimate at this time.

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Re: Apple Silicon (M1) Native Support

Post by Atlanticopuro » Sat Jun 26, 2021 5:12 pm

Greetings. Please, can you tell me a link to download OpenVpn conect for my new Imac from 2021 with M1 chip ?. It is very important to me. Thanks for your help. Best regards. :?

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Re: Apple Silicon (M1) Native Support

Post by openvpn_inc » Tue Jun 29, 2021 4:40 pm

Hello Atlanticopuro,

Latest version is available from our website, right on our frontpage. This is the direct link to the relevant page that contains latest downloads for macOS:
https://openvpn.net/client-connect-vpn-for-mac-os/

This version is completely compatible with Apple products with M1 chip.

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Re: Apple Silicon (M1) Native Support

Post by Atlanticopuro » Tue Jul 06, 2021 4:24 pm

Hi Johan,

In these days I have delved into this forum and have learned a lot about rossetta, the new apple silicon m1 processor and the compatibility it gives without being a native application. Thank you very much for your response and guidance. Great job yours. A hug.

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Re: Apple Silicon (M1) Native Support

Post by joloriquelme » Mon Jun 06, 2022 3:08 am

Hi!

This kindly reply is for tell you that the last three apps that runs on my Mac under Rosetta 2 are:

- WhatsApp (can run on browser anyway)
- Microsoft Teams (M1 native Beta already available, public launch is inminent)
- OpenVPN Connect (works without a problem, except for high battery usage, and that's a problem)

I don't want to put some pressure on you, but, a few weeks from now, OpenVPN Connect will be the last and only essential app for what I still would have to keep Rosetta installed.

I imagine many users will be in this situation.

Tomorrow, according to Apple's announcement in 2020, Apple Sillicon transition would be complete (2-year period).

So, any news about a native ARM Mac OpenVPN Connect client?

Thank you!

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Re: Apple Silicon (M1) Native Support

Post by gchiappe » Thu Jun 16, 2022 7:56 pm

Hello!

I can confirm that using x86 OpenVPN Connect not only uses more power, it also has a small performance degradation (re/connection to server takes in the best of the cases 5 to 10 seconds more than native Intel MacBook). Besides that, it can be used without problems.

Please consider that most of our OpenVPN users (and no doubt also other companies users) are road warriors and require the maximum efficiency per charge. Also using M1/M2 notebooks provides very long battery life and using rosetta applications just does not good for that.

Thank you so much for such a great job and please consider our comments. In our case OpenVPN is the last rosetta application we are using.

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Edit:
Browsing for an alternative that uses Apple Silicon, I found Tunnelblick, already tried with our ovpn profiles and works like a charm fyi.

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Re: Apple Silicon (M1) Native Support

Post by openvpn_inc » Thu Jun 23, 2022 10:09 pm

Hi all,

Please be of good cheer!
According to what I hear
A native M1 release is near.
Of that please have no fear.

That said, I run Connect on my M1 MBP all day long, and my battery holds up well. But you have a point about trying Tunnelblick, which is from a colleague of ours. I'll put that on my ridiculously-long TODO list.

(Writing a silly little rhyme was not on my list, but there you have it anyway.)

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Re: Apple Silicon (M1) Native Support

Post by joloriquelme » Thu Aug 04, 2022 2:45 am

Friendly reminder:

https://appleinsider.com/articles/22/08 ... mpaign=RSS

Only OpenVPN Connect on Rosetta.

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