I know how to connect to an openvpn via a command line in Windows XP. What I can't figure out is how to end the connection. Any thoughts?


press F4 (it's listed in the title bar of the command window).

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    -1 they're looking for command line, not keyboard shortcuts – Mark Henderson Apr 8 '12 at 20:56
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    That's the correct answer: When you're starting openvpn.exe on command line, the only way to disconnect is to hit F4. CTRL-C is ineffective. – Nicolas Guillaumin Jun 30 '13 at 7:33

Its looks like openvpn doesnot have disconnect option. But you can use taskkill command to disconnect the vpn connection. I have tested myself. It is properly disconnecting instead of abruptly killing openvpn.

taskkill.exe /F /IM openvpn.exe


You can stop the service with:

net stop openvpnservice

The above answers didn't work for me. The question is about Windows XP, but I thought I would answer for Windows 10 anyway.

You can now run the GUI program with a large number of options. To disconnect a specific client execute the following (this worked in October 2019 with OpenVPN version 11.10 64bit)

"c:\Program Files\OpenVPN\bin\openvpn-gui.exe" --command disconnect <client-name>

Or disconnect all connections, regardless of name

"c:\Program Files\OpenVPN\bin\openvpn-gui.exe" --command disconnect_all

Many other options are also available

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Don't know if this works for XP or when it was introduced, but you can now use this to disconnect

"%ProgramFiles\OpenVPN Technologies\OpenVPN Client\core\ovpncli.exe" disconnect

on 64bit

"%ProgramFiles(x86)\OpenVPN Technologies\OpenVPN Client\core\ovpncli.exe" disconnect

I know old post, but this is the first result google gave when I was looking how to do this.


they often have the command



Refer below link, that might help you...


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    Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – Mark Henderson Apr 8 '12 at 20:54

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