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How can I connect to NordVPN using Linux Terminal?

Please note that since Linux has a lot of different distributions, the configuration interfaces may vary.

  1. Open Terminal (keyboard shortcut: Ctrl + Alt + T).
  2. Install the OpenVPN client by entering:
    • sudo apt-get install openvpn
      If you are asked for a password, enter the password you used when creating your Linux account
  3. Navigate to the OpenVPN configuration directory with command:
    • cd /etc/openvpn
  4. Download OpenVPN configuration files with command
    • sudo wget https://downloads.nordcdn.com/configs/archives/servers/ovpn.zip
      In case you get ERROR: The certificate of `nordvpn.com’ is not trusted., please install the ca-certificates package with command:
    • sudo apt-get install ca-certificates
  5. If you do not have the unzip package installed, download it by typing in
    • sudo apt-get install unzip
  6. Extract config.zip with command:
    • sudo unzip ovpn.zip
  7. Remove files that will no longer be used:
    • sudo rm ovpn.zip
  8. Enter the directory where the server configurations are. These folders are either ovpn_udp or ovpn_tcp: 
    • cd /etc/openvpn/ovpn_udp/
    • cd /etc/openvpn/ovpn_tcp/
  9. To see the list of all available servers, enter the following command:
    • ls -al
  10. Choose a server to connect to.

    For this tutorial, we used us936.nordvpn.com, but you should connect to the server suggested to you at  https://nordvpn.com/servers/#recommended. You can find the server hostname right under the server title.
  11. Start OpenVPN with a chosen configuration by entering:
    • sudo openvpn [file name]
    • sudo openvpn us936.nordvpn.com.udp.ovpn
    • sudo openvpn /etc/openvpn/ovpn_udp/us936.nordvpn.com.udp.ovpn
       
  12. OpenVPN will ask you for credentials. Enter your NordVPN account login details.
  13. You have successfully connected to VPN. To disconnect, open Terminal and press Ctrl + C on your keyboard.

If you are looking for instructions on how to set up our Linux application, please check this article.

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