Mac OS/X – OpenVPN error: … (code=49)

In some situations where OS/X tries to deal with changes to it’s Internet connection it leaves the network interface in an errored state. This prevents OpenVPN from starting.


Quick & dirty solution:

  • Reboot your computer.


Cleaner but more complicated solution

    • Open a Terminal window. (Found in Applications -> Utilities.)
    • Enter the following commands:

sudo ifconfig en1 down
sudo route flush
sudo ifconfig en1 up

  • Please make sure to replace en1 with your actual Internet interface.
  • If you don’t know which en interface is your Internet interface you can do a:


sudo ifconfig

  • To get an overview and figure our which en interface is your Internet interface.