10+ Free VPN Software Programs

Browse the internet anonymously with a free VPN account

Virtual Private Network (VPN) software enables private communications over computer networks via a technology called tunneling. Hiding your IP address like this means that you can access blocked websites, stream videos when they're blocked in your country, browse the web anonymously, and more.

Remember that since these VPN programs are free, they are most likely limited in some ways. Some might not support using TORRENT files and others might restrict how much data you can upload/download on a per-day or per-month basis.

The free VPN software applications listed below are useful if you'd rather not pay for a VPN service, but if you do, see our Best VPN Service Providers list.

Tip: At the bottom of this page are VPN programs that do not come with a VPN service. They're useful if you already have access to a VPN server, like at work or home, and need to connect to it manually.

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Screenshot of the TunnelBear free VPN client
TunnelBear (Windows). Screenshot

The TunnelBear VPN client lets you use 500 MB of data every month and does not keep any activity logs. It means that within a 30-day span, you can transfer (upload and download) only 500 MB of data, after which you'll be disconnected from the VPN until the next 30 days starts.

TunnelBear lets you choose the country that you want to connect to a server in. As you can see in this image of the Windows version, you can even drag the map around until you find the server you want to use, and then simply click it to tunnel your traffic through that country before you access the internet.

Some of the options in TunnelBear include VigilantBear, which will maintain your privacy as TunnelBear disconnects and reconnects to a server, and GhostBear which helps make your encrypted data look less like VPN data and more like regular traffic, which is helpful if you're having troubles using TunnelBear in your country.

Download TunnelBear for Free

To get more free VPN traffic with TunnelBear, you can tweet about the VPN service on your Twitter account. You'll get an addition 1000 MB (1 GB).

To use TunnelBear just with your internet browser, you can install the Chrome or Opera extension. Otherwise, TunnelBear opens the VPN for your whole computer or phone; it works with Android, iOS, Windows, and macOS. More »

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Screenshot of the hide.me free VPN client program
hide.me VPN (Windows). Screenshot

Get 2 GB of free VPN traffic every month with hide.me. It works on Windows, macOS, iPhone, iPad, and Android.

The free edition of hide.me only lets you connect to servers in Canada, Netherlands, and Singapore. P2P traffic is supported in all three, which means that you can use torrent clients with hide.me.

Open the Details button to see more information about the VPN connection, including the physical location of the server and the IP address that your device is connecting through.

Download hide.me for Free

The hide.me VPN program is probably only useful for special circumstances. Since 2 GB isn't very much data over the course of a whole month, hide.me is best used when you only need to access blocked websites or use the internet on a public network; it isn't very helpful if you're downloading lots of files. More »

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Screenshot of the Windscribe VPN program on Windows
Windscribe (Windows). Screenshot

Windscribe is a free VPN service with a 10 GB /month limit. It supports a huge range of devices and lets you connect to 11 different locations.

This free VPN program will automatically connect you to the best VPN to give you the highest speeds and most stable connection. However, you can also pick between any of the other servers and locations at any time.

A firewall can be enabled with this VPN so that if the VPN connection drops, Windscribe will disable your internet connection. It is great if you're using the VPN in a public area where an unsecured connection could be dangerous.

Windscribe supports some advanced features too, like changing the connection type to TCP or UDP, and modifying the port number. You can also adjust the API resolution address, launch the program at startup, and connect it through an HTTP proxy server.

Download Windscribe for Free

The free version supports connecting to your account through just one device at a time. Every free account gets 2 GB of data each month until the account is confirmed through email, and then it raises to 10 GB.

Windscribe works on macOS, Windows, and Linux operating systems, as well as with iPhone, Chrome, Opera, and Firefox. You can even set up Windscribe with your router or one of the standalone VPN clients from the bottom of this page. More »

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Screenshot of the Betternet free VPN software program
Betternet (Windows). Screenshot

Betternet is a completely free VPN service that works with Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android devices. You can even install it just for Chrome or Firefox.

Betternet doesn't show advertisements while you're browsing and they claim not to keep any data logs, which is great if you want to make sure you're truly using it anonymously.

Betternet works instantly after installing it, so you don't need to make a user account. Plus, the app is void of very many buttons - it just connects and works without much intervention at all.

Download Betternet for Free

You can subscribe to the premium version if you want faster speeds and the ability to connect to a server in a country of your choice. More »

Screenshot of the VPNBook website
VPNBook. Screenshot

VPNBook is useful if you need to enter VPN details manually. Just copy a VPN server address you see on VPNBook and then use the given username and password. 

If you're using the OpenVPN profiles, just download them and open the OVPN files. There's a username/password combination for those too.

Unlike the free VPN clients from above, VPNBook provides the connection details but not the VPN software program. To use these VPN servers requires a program from below, like OpenVPN or your device's built-in VPN client. More »

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Free VPN Software for Manual Connections

You can use one of these programs or platforms to connect to a VPN server if you have the connection details. None of these programs provide a built-in VPN service like most of the ones from above.

OpenVPN

OpenVPN is an SSL-based open source VPN client. The way it works is after it's installed, you have to import an OVPN file that contains the VPN connection settings. Once the connection information is loaded into OpenVPN, you can then connect using the credentials for the server.

In Windows, right-click the OpenVPN icon from the Taskbar and choose Import file..., to select the OVPN file. Then, right-click the icon again, choose the server, click or tap Connect, and then enter your credentials when asked.

OpenVPN runs on Windows, Linux, and macOS operating systems, as well as Android and iOS mobile devices.

Freelan

Freelan lets you make a client-server, peer-to-peer, or hybrid VPN network. It works on Windows, macOS, and Linux.

FreeS/WAN

FreeS/WAN is an IPSec and IKE VPN software solution for Linux networks.

It's important to know that active development of FreeS/WAN has stopped, limiting the usefulness of this application to students and researchers. The last version was released in 2004.

Tinc

The free Tinc VPN software enables virtual private networking via low-level daemon/network device configuration. Designed originally for Linux/Unix systems, Tinc also works on Windows computers.

Traffic through the VPN can be optionally compressed with zlib or LZO. LibreSSL or OpenSSL is what Tinc uses to encrypt the data.

Tinc is a command line program, so you might need to read through the online documentation for instructions on using it.

Windows Explorer

You can also use a Windows computer as a VPN client. Instead of downloading the VPN software, you just have to set up the VPN through Control Panel.

Once in Control Panel, navigate to Network and Internet and then Network and Sharing Center. From there, choose Set up a new connection or network and then Connect to a workplace. On the next screen, pick Use my Internet connection (VPN) to enter the server address of the VPN you want to connect to.

iPhone and Android

Use an iPhone to connect to a VPN through Settings > VPN > Add VPN Configuration. It supports the IKEv2, IPsec, and L2TP protocols.

Android devices can set up VPNs through Settings > More networks > VPN. L2TP and IPSec are supported.