Your privacy matters!

A macOS application to monitor and reconnect a lost or 'dropped'
VPN connection

Status bar App

VPN Monitor IKEv2 sits on the status bar and works quietly in the background. An open eye indicates an active and monitored VPN connection.

Quick Connect/Disconnect

Use the menu to connect to your favorite VPN Service, sit back and relax, VPN Monitor IKEv2 will reconnect instantly when the connection drops.


A status panel shows the total uptime and downtime since start, the connection speed (L2TP only), the amount of reconnects and the currently active VPN Service.

Preferences - IKEv2

IKEv2 will be the preferred VPN connection, only when the IKEv2 server is down, fallback L2TP/IPSec services are used.

Preferences - Services

Select which of the VPN Services you configured under System Preferences > Network should act as a fallback service and automatically reconnect.

Preferences - Timeout

Switch automatically to another VPN Service if a reconnect fails due to an unresponsive server. Don't rely on a single VPN Server, let VPN Monitor make the switch!

Preferences - Heartbeat

Enable the heartbeat option for a regular double-check on your VPN connection. VPN Monitor uses macOS system notifications for realtime reconnects.

Preferences - Options

Enable the Safe Network option to switch VPN Monitor to standby mode on trusted networks. Enable the status panel on a single or on all desktops (spaces).


Built-in help with all the information you need to configure & automatically reconnect your VPN.


VPN Monitor requires very few CPU cycles and memory, with the energy saving option enabled this is reduced to the absolute minimum.

What is VPN and why would I need it?

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network, it is a technology that creates a secure network connection over the unsecure Internet. All traffic over a VPN is encrypted to secure data integrity, privacy and prevent any unintentional interception of data.

A VPN will help defend against mass surveillance by governments, corporations or hackers. It will keep your real IP address and location private and your Internet Service Provider (ISP) or public WiFi-hotspot cannot decipher your internet traffic or know which websites you have visited.

VPN is an essential part of computer security ... you don't want your connection to drop unnoticed!

VPN starting at $2.99 per month


VPN Monitor IKEv2

The details

By taking advantage of the macOS operating system VPN Monitor gets notified of changes in connection status and immediately takes the required actions. Its efficient connect and reconnect approach ensures carefree operation. There is no so-called 'status polling' involved.

An open eye icon in the status bar indicates an active VPN connection which is being monitored. Click a closed eye icon to open the menu and connect to your VPN Service - from this moment on your VPN will remain connected until you manually disconnect from the menu.

VPN Monitor uses the IKEv2 service you configured under the App's preferences and the VPN Services you configured under macOS Networking. VPN Monitor will initiate the connect or disconnect by itself. VPN Monitor does not send information to the internet or connect to the internet.

When multiple VPN Services are configured and it is not possible to reconnect due to an unresponsive VPN server (it might be down), VPN Monitor will go through the list with alternative VPN Services until a successful connection has been established. This unique fallback feature ensures a minimum of VPN downtime.

The heartbeat option is available as an additional layer of security by providing a regular pro-active check on the connection status. VPN Monitor uses macOS system notifications for instant and realtime reconnects, the heartbeat option is verifying the status 'manually'.

The Safe Network option is available for mobile users, it will switch VPN Monitor to Standby Mode when you are on a safe network (home or office), as soon as you connect to another network VPN Monitor will start your VPN connection.

The option Rotate Connection will disconnect and reconnect to the next VPN Service in the list at a pre-set interval. This options allows you to refresh your connection and relay your VPN traffic over multiple VPN servers.

Energy saving is accomplished by disabling the heartbeat and HUD status panel and allowing the system to sleep and reconnect after a wakeup.

Energy saving is accomplished by disabling the heartbeat and HUD status panel and allowing the system to sleep and reconnect after a wakeup.

VPN Monitor IKEv2 is able to reconnect the following services:

Cisco IPSec
Note: Looking for a macOS 10.9/10.10 solution? Please see VPN Monitor

Is my IKEv2 account data secure?

It is not possible for an App to start or stop an IKEv2 connection it does not 'own'. Therefore it is required to enter the IKEv2 account information in VPN Monitor. This information is safely stored in a VPN Profile under network preferences and passwords in the macOS KeyChain. Luckily, due to legacy purposes, there is no need to duplicate and enter account information for L2TP/IPSec connections. As VPN Monitor does not connect to the internet itself and is a trusted AppStore App, your IKEv2 account data is safe.