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# Default Variable Declarations
#Ask for a Client name
echo "Please enter an existing Client Name:"
read NAME
#1st Verify that client’s Public Key Exists
if [ ! -f $NAME$CRT ]; then
echo "[ERROR]: Client Public Key Certificate not found: $NAME$CRT"
echo "Client’s cert found: $NAME$CR"
#Then, verify that there is a private key for that client
if [ ! -f $NAME$KEY ]; then
echo "[ERROR]: Client 3des Private Key not found: $NAME$KEY"
echo "Client’s Private Key found: $NAME$KEY"
#Confirm the CA public key exists
if [ ! -f $CA ]; then
echo "[ERROR]: CA Public Key not found: $CA"
echo "CA public Key found: $CA"
#Confirm the tls-auth ta key file exists
if [ ! -f $TA ]; then
echo "[ERROR]: tls-auth Key not found: $TA"
echo "tls-auth Private Key found: $TA"
#Ready to make a new .opvn file - Start by populating with the
default file
#Now, append the CA Public Cert
echo "<ca>" >> $NAME$FILEEXT
echo "</ca>" >> $NAME$FILEEXT
#Next append the client Public Cert
echo "<cert>" >> $NAME$FILEEXT
echo "</cert>" >> $NAME$FILEEXT
#Then, append the client Private Key
echo "<key>" >> $NAME$FILEEXT
echo "</key>" >> $NAME$FILEEXT
#Finally, append the TA Private Key
echo "<tls-auth>" >> $NAME$FILEEXT
echo "</tls-auth>" >> $NAME$FILEEXT
echo "Done! $NAME$FILEEXT Successfully Created."
#Script written by Eric Jodoin
\ No newline at end of file
kraoc commented

Please update from my Fork. You have some type and carriage problems :)


@kraoc, thank you so, so much. I warned people not to copy-paste and here I've done it myself!

Based on your document at, should DEFAULT="Defaults.txt" actually be DEFAULT="default.txt"


@dvisor1 good catch. Fixed so it's Default.txt for both now. It works either way, so long as you have the exact same name (complete with capitalization) in both places.

These quotes don't match, the starting quote is (") the ending quote is (”).

+echo "Done! $NAME$FILEEXT Successfully Created.”


@jmdearing thanks. Fixed!


I keep getting this error when I run the script:
./ line 46: default: command not found

Here's line 45, 46 & 47:
#Ready to make a new .opvn file - Start by populating with the
default file

Should default file be on line 45?

Have the same problem as Andrew above:

"Please enter an existing Client Name:
Client.s cert found: Client1
Client.s Private Key found: Client1.3des.key
CA public Key found: ca.crt
tls-auth Private Key found: ta.key
./ line 39: default: command not found
Done! Client1.ovpn Successfully Created."

Also it didn't like the last sentence on the script stating

"./ line 60: No:command not found!."

So I simply deleted everything on that line apart from "\"

@laurenorsini line 46 default line belongs to its previous line, that's why people get these errors. So line 45 should be:
#Ready to make a new .opvn file - Start by populating with the default file.

Imported the OVPN file to Android and iOS, both give me this error:

PolarSSL cert certificate is undefined

Someone in the comments of the article said he believes it may be related to this script?

i keep getting this error when I run the script:
cat: Default.txt: No such file or directory

Best regards

7ewis, I get the same error. Any luck finding the cause?



i found the error.
I had the "Default.txt" in /etc/openvpn/easy-rsa and not in /keys...

Best regards

I was getting a line 46 and 72 error until I realized the comments (#'s) are missing for those.. It should be:
# default file


# \ No newline at end of file

I have a problem when I run ./
I get the first error message: [Error]: Client Public Key Certificate not found: .crt
But I can clearly see that I have a Client1.crt file in my .../easy-rsa/keys/ directory
Where else do I look? I've already cleared all the keys and started over once.

mmaybeno is absolutely right about those issues, the original post should be modified to fix it!!

Hello @smaroukis,

I had the same error and found the fix. Make sure you are using all caps to match the $NAME$... Since it only shows .crt that means name is not read correctly.


I keep getting a can't find TLS error? how do i create this file for my client files?

WAGPHN commented

I figured out the error for TLS.

I accidentally wrote my script to look for a file called ta.crt
Turns out there is no such file. OpenVPN creates ta.key

Check to see if you made the same mistake.
If so, change the TA variable value at the top of the script to ta.key and you should not have a problem.

Hope this helps!

Can confirm that @coolaj86 fix issues I had and successfully created the clients

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