The NordVPN native application is the recommended option for connecting to NordVPN servers on your Linux device. We designed it with your experience in mind, giving easy access to features such as Threat Protection, auto-connect, and automated Kill Switch.
This tutorial explains how to download and install the NordVPN app, log in, and connect to our servers. You can also find an explanation of various settings.
Downloading the VPN app
1. Download the NordVPN Linux client by opening the terminal, writing the command below, and following any on-screen instructions:
sh <(curl -sSf https://downloads.nordcdn.com/apps/linux/install.sh)
Note: If you do not have a curl package, evidenced by the fact that the above does not work, you can alternatively use this command:
sh <(wget -qO - https://downloads.nordcdn.com/apps/linux/install.sh)
Additionally, if you receive the following issue: Whoops! Permission denied accessing /run/nordvpn/nordvpnd.sock, all you need to do is write the following command: sudo usermod -aG nordvpn $USER and then reboot your device.
2. Log in to your NordVPN account:
3. Connect to a NordVPN server:
To access the NordVPN client settings, type the nordvpn command in Terminal.
Here is the list of available commands:
nordvpn login - Log in.
nordvpn connect or nordvpn c - Connect to VPN. To connect to specific servers, use nordvpn connect <country_code server_number> (eg. nordvpn connect uk715)
nordvpn disconnect or nordvpn d - Disconnect from VPN.
nordvpn c double_vpn - Connect to the closest Double VPN server.
nordvpn connect --group double_vpn <country_code> - Connect to a specific country using DoubleVPN servers.
nordvpn connect P2P - connect to a P2P server.
nordvpn connect The_Americas - connect to servers located in the Americas.
nordvpn connect Dedicated_IP - connect to a Dedicated IP server.
nordvpn set or nordvpn s - Set a configuration option.
nordvpn set threatprotectionlite on or off - Enable or disable Threat Protection Lite
nordvpn set killswitch on or off - Enable or disable Kill Switch
nordvpn set autoconnect on or off - Enable or disable auto-connect. You can set a specific server for automatic connection using nordvpn set autoconnect on country_code+server_number. Example: nordvpn set autoconnect on us2435.
nordvpn set notify on or off - Enable or disable notifications
nordvpn set dns 18.104.22.168 22.214.171.124 - Set custom DNS (you can set up a single DNS or two like shown in this command).
nordvpn set protocol udp or tcp - Switch between UDP and TCP protocols
nordvpn set obfuscate on or off - Enable or disable Obfuscated Servers.
nordvpn set technology - Set connection technology (OpenVPN or NordLynx)
nordvpn set meshnet on - turn on Meshnet on your device.
nordvpn whitelist add port 22 - Add a rule to whitelist a specified incoming port. You can also whitelist multiple ports — just separate their numbers with a space.
nordvpn whitelist remove port 22 - Remove the rule to whitelist a specified port.
nordvpn whitelist add subnet 192.168.0.0/16 - Add a rule to whitelist a specified subnet.
nordvpn whitelist remove subnet 192.168.0.0/16 - Remove the rule to whitelist a specified subnet.
nordvpn account - See account information
nordvpn register - Register a new user account
nordvpn rate - Rate your last connection quality (1-5)
nordvpn settings - See the current settings.
nordvpn status - See the connection status.
nordvpn countries - See the country list.
nordvpn cities- See the city list. E.g.: nordvpn cities united_states
nordvpn groups - See a list of available server groups.
nordvpn logout - Log out.
nordvpn help or nordvpn h - See the list of available commands or help for a specific command.
You can get an extensive explanation of all commands by using the man nordvpn command in Terminal.
Tip: Your VPN connection safety depends on your account password too. Don't forget to use a strong password on your account, as it will help you to avoid credential stuffing attacks and will keep your connections safe and uninterrupted.
As generating and remembering strong and secure passwords is not an easy task, we recommend downloading our free password manager — NordPass. It generates secure passwords for you and stores them safely, letting you avoid time-wasting password resets in the future.