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Installing and using NordVPN on Linux

The NordVPN native application is the recommended option for connecting to NordVPN servers on your Linux device. It is designed with user experience in mind - having easy access to popular service features, like CyberSec, Autoconnect and automated Kill-Switch.

This tutorial explains how to download and install the NordVPN application, log in and connect to our servers. You can also find an explanation of various settings.

1. Open the NordVPN downloads page here:

Click on Download

2. Open the terminal and run the following command:

sudo apt-get install /pathToFile/nordvpn-release_1.0.0_all.deb

Make sure to replace /pathToFile/ to your download location folder path.


You will be asked to enter your root password. Enter the root password, wait for the package installation finish and proceed to the next step.

3. Update the apt-get package list:

sudo apt-get update

4. Install the NordVPN:

sudo apt-get install nordvpn

5. Login to the NordVPN account:

nordvpn login

6. Connect to the NordVPN:

nordvpn connect


In order to access NordVPN client settings, type the nordvpn command in a terminal.

Here is the list of available commands:

nordvpn login - Logs you in.
nordvpn connect or nordvpn c - Connects you to the VPN. In order to connect to the specific servers, use nordvpn connect <country_code server_number> (eg. nordvpn connect uk715)
nordvpn disconnect or nordvpn d - Disconnects you from the VPN.

nordvpn set or nordvpn s - Sets a configuration option. Possible options:
nordvpn set cybersec on or off - enable or disable the CyberSec feature
nordvpn set killswitch on or off - enable or disable Kill Switch feature
nordvpn set autoconnect on or off - enable or disable Auto connect
nordvpn set protocol udp or tcp - switch between UDP and TCP connection protocols
nordvpn set obfuscate on or off - enable or disable obfuscation.

nordvpn whitelist add port 22 - open incoming port 22 (the port can be different)
nordvpn whitelist remove port 22 - removes rule added with the above command
nordvpn settings - Shows the current settings.
nordvpn status - Shows the connection status.
nordvpn countries - Shows the country list.
nordvpn logout - Log you out.
nordvpn help or nordvpn h - Shows a list of commands or help for one command.

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