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VPN - Connection Guide for Macintosh

This article explains how to install, uninstall, upgrade and use cVPN, the University of Chicago secure VPN, on a Macintosh computer.

Using the University of Chicago VPN (cVPN) with a Macintosh computer requires MacOS 10.6 or later. Earlier versions of the Apple Macintosh Operating System are not compatible with the VPN software.

Note: Before trying to run AnyConnect, Java must be installed and running on your computer. To enable Java, open Finder. Then, at the top, select Go > Utilities. In this folder, open Java Preferences and click Install.

Using the VPN for the First Time


Detailed installation instructions with screenshots are available here: VPN - Step-by-step Installation Guide for Macintosh
Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9), Mountain Lion (10.8), Lion (10.7) and Snow Leopard (10.6) users:

You may manually download and install the client from here.

Once installation is complete:

  1. When the install is complete you will see the Cisco AnyConnect in your Application folder.
  2. To see details of the VPN connection, click the Cisco AnyConnect icon.
  3. To disconnect from the VPN, click the Cisco AnyConnect icon and select Disconnect in the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client Window.

Subsequent times that you use the VPN:

  1. Open your Mac's Applications folder and double-click the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client icon.
  2. Log in with your CNetID and Password.
  3. The Cisco AnyConnect icon will display in the dock when connected.

Occasionally Cisco AnyConnect VPN software will need to be updated. Every time you connect to cVPN, the software checks for an update.  If there is an update available, the application will update itself, then reconnect you when its done.


To uninstall an older version, double click on the uninstaller application found in the Cisco Folder within the Applications folder or follow the steps below:

  1. Open a terminal window (Applications > Utilities > Terminal).
  2. Run the following command: sudo /opt/cisco/vpn/bin/
  3. Enter your Mac OS X password.
  4. Answer Yes when prompted to remove each item.
  5. Restart your machine.

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Keywords:cvpn anyconnect mac apple   Doc ID:15428
Owner:Dave J.Group:University of Chicago
Created:2010-10-27 19:00 CDTUpdated:2015-04-29 08:57 CDT
Sites:University of Chicago
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