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Don’t want to manage the VPN setup manually? Download the NordVPN app for Linux, where all you need to do is install the app, log in, and pick the server you want.

How to connect to OpenVPN via shell:

1. Open Terminal (keyboard shortcut: Ctrl + Alt + T).
2. Install the OpenVPN client by entering:

sudo apt-get install openvpn

(if you are asked for a password, enter the password you have used when creating your Linux account).
3. Navigate to the OpenVPN configuration directory with command:

cd /etc/openvpn

4. Download OpenVPN configuration files with command

sudo wget https://downloads.nordcdn.com/configs/archives/servers/ovpn.zip

4.1. 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. If you do not have the unzip package installed, download it by typing in:

sudo apt-get install unzip

6. Extract `ovpn.zip` with command:

sudo unzip ovpn.zip

7. Remove files that will no longer be used:

sudo rm ovpn.zip

8. Depending on the connection protocol you want to be using(TCP or UDP), you can do either one of these commands:

cd /etc/openvpn/ovpn_udp/


cd /etc/openvpn/ovpn_tcp/

9. To see the list of all available servers, enter the following command:

ls -al

10. Choose a server to connect to.

For this tutorial, we used us842.nordvpn.com, but you should connect to the server suggested to you at https://nordvpn.com/servers/tools/. You can find the server hostname right under the server title.

11. Start OpenVPN with a chosen configuration by entering:

sudo openvpn [file name]

For example:

sudo openvpn us842.nordvpn.com.udp.ovpn
sudo openvpn /etc/openvpn/ovpn_udp/us842.nordvpn.com.udp.ovpn

12. OpenVPN will ask you for credentials. Enter your NordVPN account login details.
13. You have successfully connected to VPN. To disconnect, open Terminal and press Ctrl + C on your keyboard.

How to connect to OpenVPN via Network Manager:

  1. Download the OpenVPN Configuration File Package and extract them into your selected directory.
  2. Click on the network selection button at the top right of the screen, click on VPN Off and select VPN Settings from the drop-down.
  3. The configuration window will open. Press + near VPN.
  4. You will be prompted to choose a connection type. Select Import from file…
  5. You will be asked to select a file that you would like to import. Navigate to a folder where you have extracted the configuration files and select one of the files from the list and click Open.
  6. In the popped window put in your NordVPN Username and NordVPN Password. Then press Add.
  7. Now click on the slider under VPN options to connect to the NordVPN server. Slider will turn green once connected.