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Avoiding local 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:

    Canada #3146

    United States #7226
    United States #7227
    United States #7228
    United States #7231

    United Kingdom #4215
    United Kingdom #4217

    Singapore #2099
    Singapore #2100

    Japan #2117
    Japan #2208
    Japan #2209

  5. Start OpenVPN with a chosen configuration by entering:
    • sudo openvpn [file name]
    • sudo openvpn
    • sudo openvpn /etc/openvpn/
  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.


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. 

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