Installing AnyConnect (Mac)

Note All Georgetown VPN users are required to enroll in Georgetown Duo in order to connect to the VPN.

Before You Begin

Before you can install and use the Georgetown VPN (Virtual Private Network), you will need the following:

  • Intel-based Mac (Mac OS X 10.6 or higher)
  • Internet connection
  • Most recent Mac OS critical updates
  • Latest virus definitions (check with your antivirus program for details)

Downloading and Installing Georgetown AnyConnect

  1. Go to  
  2. At the login prompt, enter your NetID in the USERNAME field, enter your NetID password in the PASSWORD field, enter push in the 2nd Password field, and then click Login. (NoteIn the example below, “jh123” is entered as the NetID.)

    (ImportantMake sure you have your mobile device with you to approve the Duo authentication notification.)
    Enter your NetID, password, and 'push'
  3. Click AnyConnect, located on the left-hand side of the window.
    Click 'AnyConnect'
  4. Click Start AnyConnect.
    Click 'Start AnyConnect'
  5. In the next window, click the Download for MacOS button.
    Click the 'Download for MacOS' button

    The installer file, currently anyconnect-macos-4.9.04053-core-vpn-webdeploy-k9.dmg, will be saved to your Downloads folder.
  6. Click on the down-pointing arrow next to the installer file listing at the bottom left-hand side of your screen, and then select Show in Finder from the drop-down menu. 
    Click arrow next to file listing at bottom of screen and select 'Show in Finder'
  7. Open the Finder, go to your Downloads folder, and then open the installer file by double-clicking on its file listing.
  8. In the Finder window, double-click on the installer file icon, as shown below. 
    Double-click VPN installer file
  9. In the install welcome window, click Continue.
    Click 'Next' in the welcome window
  10. In the “Software License Agreement” window, click Continue.
    Click 'Continue' in software license agreement
  11. In the next window, click Agree.
    Click 'Agree' to accept the license agreement
  12. Click Install in the next window. 
    Click 'Install'
  13. In the next window, click Install Software begin the installation.
    Click 'Install Software'
  14. After a few moments, you should see the following window stating that the installation was successful. Click Close.
    Click 'Close' in install confirmation window
  15. Click Move to Trash in the next window to delete the installer file.
    Click 'Move to Trash' to delete install file
  16. Open AnyConnect (you can do this by opening a Finder window, going to your Applications folder, clicking on the ‘Cisco’ folder, and then double-clicking on Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client.
    Open AnyConnect from Finder
  17. Click Connect in the AnyConnect window.
    Click 'Connect' in AnyConnect window
  18. In the next window, enter your NetID password in the Password field, enter push in the Second Password field, and then click OK.
    Enter your password and then 'push' for second password
    (IMPORTANT: Make sure to have your mobile device with you so you can approve the Duo authentication notification.)
  19. You can verify that you’re connected to the AnyConnect VPN by checking the top right-hand side of your screen—you should see the icon indicated below.
    Icon showing you are connected to VPN