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Troubleshooting NordVPN connectivity issues on Linux

If you’re having trouble connecting to NordVPN on your Linux device, you can try making a few adjustments. Check if the issue persists after following each set of linux troubleshooting commands below.

1. Update the NordVPN app:

  • Open the terminal.
  • Type the following commands to update the app:

    sudo apt update (or sudo apt-get update)
    sudo apt upgrade (or sudo apt-get upgrade)

2. Reinstall the app:

  • Type the following command to remove the app:

    sudo apt --purge autoremove nordvpn* (or sudo apt-get --purge autoremove nordvpn*)
  • Reinstall the app following our tutorial on how to install NordVPN on Linux.

3. If you see the “Whoops! Cannot reach System Daemon” error, enter the following commands:

sudo systemctl start nordvpnd 
sudo systemctl enable nordvpnd

4. If you get an error message: “rotating: transport rotator: ptr timer is locked.”, try the following methods:

  • Run the following command to restart the NordVPN daemon: sudo systemctl restart nordvpnd
  • Try to disable IPv6 system-wide, as shown in this article.

5.  If NordVPN is not connecting on Linux after you’ve tried all of the above, try connecting using the manual connection method.

Tip: Don't forget to use a strong password for your NordVPN account. It will help you to avoid credential stuffing attacks and keep your account safe.

Because generating and remembering strong and secure passwords is not an easy task, we recommend downloading the free password manager NordPass. It generates secure passwords for you and stores them safely, saving you time-wasting password resets in the future. NordPass also offers a native Linux app.

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