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macOS: Hummingbird 1.1.2 released

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We're very glad to inform you that we have just released Hummingbird 1.1.2 for macOS (High Sierra or higher version required). Hummingbird is available natively both for Intel and M1 based Mac computers.

Hummingbird is free and open source released under GPLv3: https://gitlab.com/AirVPN/hummingbird

Main features

  • Lightweight and stand alone binary
  • No heavy framework required, no GUI
  • Small RAM footprint
  • Lightning fast
  • Up to 100% higher throughput than OpenVPN 2.5 (on 1 Gbit/s lines)
  • Based on OpenVPN 3 library fork by AirVPN
  • Robust leaks prevention through Network Lock based on pf - working perfectly on Big Sur too
  • Proper handling of DNS push by VPN servers

What's new

Remarkably higher performance

Hummingbird 1.1.2 is based on the latest OpenVPN AirVPN library version linked against OpenSSL, and not mbedTLS anymore. OpenSSL latest versions in macOS have reached higher performance than mbedTLS both in encryption and decryption based on AES and CHACHA20-POLY1305 ciphers.

The current 1.1.2 version has been additionally optimized and can now provide higher performance than 1.1.1. According to our tests now Hummigbird can reach, both on Intel i7 and M1 machines, with AES-GCM-256, 400 Mbit/s of download rate (CHACHA20 is slower as it can't still compete with AES-NI).

On equal ground, as a comparison, OpenVPN 2.5.2 (our new binary optimized for M1) can reach 200 Mbit/s (only half of the speed!).

Therefore, we strongly recommend that you test Hummingbird 1.1.2 even if you run Eddie. Remember that you can run Hummingbird through Eddie comfortably and quickly by setting the proper option.

Hummingbird 1.1.2 is linked against latest OpenVPN3-AirVPN library.



Version 1.1.2 - 4 June 2021

- [ProMIND] updated all dependencies and libraries


Version 1.1.2 RC 4 - 14 May 2021

- [ProMIND] DNS backup files are now properly evaluated when determining dirty status
- [ProMIND] ProfileMerge is now constructed by allowing any file extension
- [ProMIND] Reconnection (SIGUSR2) is now allowed only in case tun persistence is enabled


Version 1.1.2 RC 3 - 16 April 2021

- [ProMIND] Release Candidate 3


Version 1.1.2 RC 2 - 14 April 2021

- [ProMIND] Release Candidate 2


Version 1.1.2 RC 1 - 7 April 2021

- [ProMIND] Release Candidate 1


Version 1.1.2 - 2 April 2021

- [ProMIND] Updated base classes





Hummingbird for macOS is distributed in notarized and plain versions, both for Intel and M1 processors: Check the download page: https://airvpn.org/macos/hummingbird/

The difference is about how the package is seen by macOS security and it is therefore up to the user to pick the distribution file suiting his or her needs best. The notarized version is compliant to macOS software security scheme and runs "out-of-the-box", whereas the plain version needs to be explicitly granted permission to run by the user in macOS security & privacy settings. Please note that both versions ensure the same functionality in connecting a VPN server, it is however up to the user to decide whether using the signed and notarized version or not.

Jump to the manual: https://airvpn.org/hummingbird/readme

Kind regards & datalove
AirVPN Staff

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works great on macOS 10.15.7 - thank you for keeping it up-to-date

I noticed the line "[...]Network Lock based on pf - working perfectly on Big Sur too"
have you made an in depth network-sniffer analysis of the M1 already?

All the best

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