Use IPOP on Windows, Manually

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Tested on Microsoft Windows 10 x64
Time ~ 10 Minutes
Question(s) - How to install IPOP?
- How to run IPOP?
- How to remove IPOP?
Objective(s) - Install IPOP
- Run IPOP
- Stop IPOP
- Remove IPOP

Installing IPOP-VPN on Windows

Quick start Installation

The most convenient way to get IPOP installed on Windows 10 is run the ipop-set.ps1 powershell script included in the IPOP ZIP file. Note that you need to have Administrator privileges to install IPOP-VPN.

  1. Download IPOP-VPN for Windows.

  2. Extract the contents of the archive to a directory, e.g., ipop-vpn

  3. Start an Admin Windows Powershell and change to the ipop-vpn directory previously created

  4. Enter the following commands:
     PowerShell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted
  5. Follow the prompts to install and setup IPOP

  6. While installing Social VPN, copy the “ip4” entry from “AddressMapper” to “CFx”, e.g.,
     ip4": "" 
  7. Finally, double click ipop-start to run IPOP. Closing this console window will terminate IPOP.

Note: A Windows Firewall exception is created for IPOP-VPN, but you have to create your own for exceptions for other services such as ICMP Echo (ping).


If you are using an earlier version of Windows such as 7, 8, Server 2008, or 2012, you will need to manually setup IPOP. Below are the necessary steps to accomplish this.

Manual Setup

  1. Install MS Visual C++ x86 Redistributable Packages for Visual Studio 2010.

  2. Install Python 3.5 for Windows.

  3. Install tap-installer from OpenVPN.

  4. Download IPOP-VPN for Windows.

  5. Extract the contents of the archive to a directory, e.g., ipop-vpn

  6. Decide if you want to run GroupVPN or Social VPN and copy the appropriate sample config to the ipop-vpn directory. Use one of the following for group or social VPN respectively:
     cp .\controller\modules\sample-gvpn-config.json .\config.json
     cp .\controller\modules\sample-svpn-config.json .\config.json
  7. Update your config file with your XMPP credentials and other details. For SocialVPN you only need to add the XMPP server IP, your XMPP client user id and password. For GroupVPN you will need to add your static virtual IP.

  8. Install Sleek XMPP. Python will have to be in your PATH environment or you will need to provide the path to the pip executable. pip install sleekxmpp

  9. Rename the TAP-Windows Adapter to ipop. From the Control Panel choose View network status and tasks under Network and Internet. On the right side-bar click change adapter settings. Select the TAP Windows Adapter V9 and rename it to “ipop”.

  10. Configure the IPOP Adapter IPv4 interface with a static IP address and subnet mask that will be use for the virtual network. Alternatively you can download download set_interface and [win32_netsh_setup] ( to your IPOP directory and run the _setup_interface.bat _ batch file as Admin.

  11. Finally, double click ipop-start to run IPOP

Key Points Summary

Enter the following commands:

PowerShell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted