Instructions for setting up VPN for mac OS

Download the installation file

First, a client program for “eduVPN” must be downloaded. To do this, open and select the appropriate installation file for your operating system. Make sure that you are using the app from the developer “SURF B.V.”. Open the app after installation.

Enter “Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Dresden” in the input field. Select HTW Dresden under “Access to the institute”.

Do not use the “Secure Internet” function.


Start the app. The client automatically opens the web browser.


The client automatically opens a website for registration at HTW Dresden via Shibboleth, as you know it from other services such as OPAL. Log in with your HTW login.


After successful authentication, approve the application by clicking on the button “Genehmigen”.

You can now close the tab. Your VPN client will now be able to access the service for the next few hours without entering your password again.


If you are allowed to access multiple profiles, you will be asked to select one of the listed profiles. Talk to your faculty administrator about the profile you need if special rights are required for access. See also Group profiles under Virtual Private Network (VPN).

You can then establish a connection via the switch button.

A successful connection is indicated by a green screen with a white shield.

Disconnect from VPN

If you want to disconnect the VPN connection, click on the eduVPn icon in the taskbar (green screen with a white shield). Double-click on it to bring the client to the foreground.

Now click on the switch button again. You will receive a message that the client has been disconnected.