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Connecting from countries with internet restrictions on Linux

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

      You may be asked to enter your user password to confirm your identity.
       
  3. Navigate to the OpenVPN configuration directory with command:
     
    • cd /etc/openvpn
       
  4. Download OpenVPN configuration files below with a command:
     
    • sudo wget link_to_file

      You must replace the link_to_file with one of the links below:

      UDP:

      Hong Kong 153: https://downloads.nordcdn.com/configs/files/ovpn_udp/servers/hk153.nordvpn.com.udp.ovpn

      Hong Kong 150: https://downloads.nordcdn.com/configs/files/ovpn_udp/servers/hk150.nordvpn.com.udp.ovpn
      Japan 395: https://downloads.nordcdn.com/configs/files/ovpn_udp/servers/jp395.nordvpn.com.udp.ovpn
      Japan 393: https://downloads.nordcdn.com/configs/files/ovpn_udp/servers/jp393.nordvpn.com.udp.ovpn
      United States 4509: https://downloads.nordcdn.com/configs/files/ovpn_udp/servers/us4509.nordvpn.com.udp.ovpn
      United States 4567: https://downloads.nordcdn.com/configs/files/ovpn_udp/servers/us4567.nordvpn.com.udp.ovpn

      TCP:

      Hong Kong 153: https://downloads.nordcdn.com/configs/files/ovpn_tcp/servers/hk153.nordvpn.com.tcp.ovpn
      Hong Kong 150: https://downloads.nordcdn.com/configs/files/ovpn_tcp/servers/hk150.nordvpn.com.tcp.ovpn
      Japan 395: https://downloads.nordcdn.com/configs/files/ovpn_tcp/servers/jp395.nordvpn.com.tcp.ovpn
      Japan 393: https://downloads.nordcdn.com/configs/files/ovpn_tcp/servers/jp393.nordvpn.com.tcp.ovpn
      United States 4509: https://downloads.nordcdn.com/configs/files/ovpn_tcp/servers/us4509.nordvpn.com.tcp.ovpn
      United States 4567: https://downloads.nordcdn.com/configs/files/ovpn_tcp/servers/us4567.nordvpn.com.tcp.ovpn

      Example: sudo wget https://downloads.nordcdn.com/configs/files/ovpn_udp/servers/hk153.nordvpn.com.udp.ovpn


      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. Start OpenVPN with a chosen configuration by entering:
    • sudo openvpn [file name]
    • sudo openvpn hk153.nordvpn.com.udp.ovpn
    • sudo openvpn /etc/openvpn/hk153.nordvpn.com.udp.ovpn
       
  6. OpenVPN will ask you for credentials. Enter your NordVPN account login details.
  7. You have successfully connected to VPN. To disconnect, open Terminal and press Ctrl + C on your keyboard.

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