The native macOS VPN client
Every modern macOS version comes with a built-in VPN client, located in
System Preferences > Network. It works by creating a new
service of type
VPN and giving it a name (e.g.
How to connect / disconnect from a specific VPN
The simples way to do this is to use the built-in
networksetup util. For example, to connect to the VPN service
MyVPN, you would call:
networksetup -connectpppoeservice "MyVPN"
Similarly, to disconnect, you would call:
networksetup -disconnectpppoeservice "MyVPN"
Since these commands are quite long, it is advised to make short aliases for them and add them to your
alias vpnc='networksetup -connectpppoeservice "MyVPN"' alias vpndc='networksetup -disconnectpppoeservice "MyVPN"'