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Linux OpenVPN Setup

Terminal (CLI) Setup:

 

  1. Install OpenVPN by opening a terminal and typing: sudo apt-get install openvpn
  2. Remove the conflicting startup links (may not be needed): sudo update-rc.d -f openvpn remove
  3. Download the server config files to an empty directory from: https://privado.io/apps/ovpn_configs.zip
  4. Open a terminal window and navigate to the directory that the config files are located and extract them by using the following command:
    • unzip ovpn_configs.zip
  5. Launch the OpenVPN client with the specified config file. In the following example command, you will need to edit the SERVERNAME to match the .ovpn file you are using to connect.
    • sudo openvpn --config SERVERNAME.ovpn
  6. From this point forward, you need only use the last command (step 5) to launch OpenVPN and connect.
    • The terminal window will remain open - closing it will terminate the OpenVPN connection.
    • You can also terminate the OpenVPN connection by pressing Ctrl-C (preferred).
    • If you run into any issues, please contact our support team through our support center.

 

Note: The OpenVPN files correspond with airport codes to shorten file names. More info can be found here.

 

 

Network Manager (GUI) Setup:

 

  1. From the login screen (display manager) choose an administrator-enabled account and login to your main desktop. 
  2. Open a terminal window and enter the following command:
    • sudo apt-get install openvpn network-manager-openvpn network-manager-openvpn-gnome
  3. Provide your administrative password and press Enter. When prompted "Do you want to continue?", type Y and press Enter. 
  4. Download the server config files to an empty directory from: https://privado.io/apps/ovpn_configs.zip
  5. Navigate to the directory that you downloaded the .zip file to and unzip the files.
  6. Open Settings and navigate to Network or search for "vpn" (without the quotes) in the Activities search field.
  7. Select the + next to VPN and select "Import from file...". You will then navigate to the desired .ovpn server file and import it. 
  8. Enter your username and password into the fields provided.
  9. With the information entered, select Add at the top right. Enter your administrative password to save the configuration.
  10. Switch the VPN from this screen from OFF to ON. If the connection is successful, the top bar will have a padlock.
    • You can use this icon to turn the VPN off as well.
    • If you run into any issues, please contact our support team through our support center.
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