Automating Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client on Mac OS X

Do you hate having to manually enter the password in order to connect to a Cisco VPN? Well, I do. And I have found that instead of relying on the Cisco AnyConnect Security Mobility Client GUI application, one can use the command-line counterpart to automate VPN login.

Provided that you can log into your VPN using the graphical client, you can automate VPN login by using the following shell script:

cat > start_vpn.sh
#!/bin/bash
/opt/cisco/anyconnect/bin/vpn -s << EOF
connect https://your.cisco.vpn.hostname/vpn_name
here_goes_your_username
here_goes_your_passwordy
EOF
^D
# chmod +x start_vpn.sh

To connect:

# ./start_vpn.sh
Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client (version 3.1.05152) .

Copyright (c) 2004 - 2013 Cisco Systems, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.


  >> state: Disconnected
  >> state: Disconnected
  >> notice: Ready to connect.
  >> registered with local VPN subsystem.
  >> contacting host (https://your.cisco.vpn.hostname/vpn_name) for login information...
  >> notice: Contacting https://your.cisco.vpn.hostname/vpn_name.

  >> notice: Please respond to banner.

Welcome to VPN.

  >> state: Connecting
  >> notice: Establishing VPN session...
  >> notice: Checking for profile updates...
  >> notice: Checking for product updates...
  >> notice: Checking for customization updates...
  >> notice: Performing any required updates...
  >> state: Connecting
  >> notice: Establishing VPN session...
  >> notice: Establishing VPN - Initiating connection...
  >> notice: Establishing VPN - Examining system...
  >> notice: Establishing VPN - Activating VPN adapter...
  >> notice: Establishing VPN - Configuring system...
  >> notice: Establishing VPN...
  >> state: Connected
VPN> goodbye...
  >> note: VPN Connection is still active.

To disconnect:

# /opt/cisco/anyconnect/bin/vpn/disconnect
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3 thoughts on “Automating Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client on Mac OS X

  1. This isn’t working for me and I’ve been looking everywhere.. The -s option doesn’t seem to exist? When I execute the script it starts but then exits without reason. I can connect the normal way. Any help would be much appreciated.

  2. MAC:~/Desktop $ cat vpn.sh
    #!/bin/sh

    printf “USERNAME\nPASSWORD\ny” | /opt/cisco/anyconnect/bin/vpn -s connect HOST
    read -p “Press enter to disconnect”
    /opt/cisco/anyconnect/bin/vpn -s disconnect

    MAC:~/Desktop $

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