How to Setup OpenVPN on Linux Mint

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In this guide, we will show you how to easily setup OpenVPN connection on Linux Mint through simple steps. Scroll down for more details.

Getting Things Ready

Before creating a new OpenVPN connection on your Linux Mint, first you will need to set things up:

1- You need an internet connection that works properly.

2- Make sure that your you have a Linux Mint supported device.

3- Make sure that your VPN service subscription is active (e.g: bVPN).

Setting Up OpenVPN on Linux Mint (Manually)

Follow the steps below in order to successfully create a new OpenVPN connection on your Linux Mint operating system:

1- First, open “Terminal”, and then insert this command: sudo apt-get install network-manager-openvpn.

2- Next, press “Enter”, and the insert your Linux Mint password.

3- After that, press “Enter” once more.

4- Next, type “Y”, and then press “Enter” in order to continue.

5- Type in this command: sudo apt-get install network-manager-openvpn-gnome, and then press “Enter”.

6- Type in this command: sudo restart network-manager, and then press “Enter”.

7- Download and install your OpenVPN configuration files.

8- Click on the “Network Connection” icon.

9- Next, click on the “Network Settings” option.

10- After that, click on the “+”sign.

11- Click on “Create”, and then choose “OpenVPN”.

12-  Click on “Create”.

13- In the “Gateway” field, type in the IP address of the server you want to connect to. You can do this by opening the OpenVPN folder and get the “.ovpn” server file.

14- In the “Username” field, type in your VPN username.

15- In the “Password” field, type in your VPN password.

16- Hit the folder icon in the CA Certificate field.

17- Now, go to the OpenVPN download folder, and then choose “ca.crt”.
18- Click on “Open”.

19- Click on “Advanced”.

20- Go to the “General” tab.

21- Check Use custom gateway port (insert 53 for UDP and 80 for TCP).

22- Check the “Use LZO data compression” option.

** If you are using TCP connection, then choose “Use a TCP connection”.

23- Go to the “Security” tab.

24- Choose the “AES-256-CBC” option from “Cypher”.

25- Choose “SHA-1” from the “HMAC Authentication” option.

26- Go to “TLS Authentication” tab.

27- Choose “Use additional TLS authentication”.

28- Next to the “Key File” click on the folder icon.

30- Now, go once more to the OpenVPN download folder, and then choose “Wdc.key”.

31- Click “Open”.

32- From “Key Direction”, choose “1”.

33- Click “OK”.

34- Click “Save” so that your hard work is not wasted.

35- Go to your VPN connection, and then try connecting to it.

Congratulations! You have successfully created an OpenVPN connection on Linux Mint. Well done!

One thought on “How to Setup OpenVPN on Linux Mint”

  • DominusBaal says:

    I think its time to look for another VPN service if they have easier methods of using a VPN made and designed for Linux and others with its own console to use when choosing servers and places.

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