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Installing NordVPN on Linux distributions

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 you features like auto-connect, automated Kill Switch, and Threat Protection.


Installing NordVPN on Linux

To start using the NordVPN application for Linux, follow the steps below. 

  1. You can download the NordVPN Linux client in 2 ways:
    • By downloading a Snap package or by clicking on the button below:

      Get it from the Snap Store

      Snaps are app packages for desktop, cloud, and IoT that are easy to install, secure, cross-platform, and dependency-free. If you do not have Snap pre-installed, you may follow Snap setup guides for various Linux distributions.

      Please note that currently, we still do not support arm64, but our developers are working on this.

    • By working in the terminal:
        1. Open the terminal;
        2. Write the command below:
          sh <(curl -sSf
        3. Following any on-screen instructions.

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 -

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.


Using NordVPN on Linux

After you have installed the NordVPN application, you can start using it by following the steps below:

  1. Log in to your NordVPN account by using this command:
    nordvpn login
  2. Connect to a NordVPN server by using the command below:
    nordvpn connect



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 Double VPN servers.
nordvpn connect --group p2p <country_code> — Connect to a specific country using P2P 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.
Possible options:
nordvpn set threatprotection on or off — enable or disable Threat Protection.

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 — set custom DNS (you can set up a single DNS or two, like shown in this command).
nordvpn set protocol udp or tcpswitch 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 set lan-discovery enable or disable — enable/disable LAN discovery.
nordvpn set lan-discovery --help — get more information on LAN discovery.

nordvpn whitelist add port 22 — add a rule to allowlist a specified incoming port. You can allowlist multiple ports — just separate their numbers with a space.
nordvpn whitelist remove port 22 — remove the rule to allowlist a specified port.
nordvpn whitelist add subnet — add a rule to allowlist a specified subnet.
nordvpn whitelist remove subnet — remove the rule to allowlist 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.

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