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Setup Tutorials

How to set up OpenVPN on Ubuntu from desktop

Go step-by-step through following instructions to set up OpenVPN on Ubuntu.

  1. Install network-manager-openvpn plugin:

    • Open terminal: click to the Menu button and write “Terminal” (1) in order to access it.

      How to set up OpenVPN on Ubuntu: Step 1

    • When the Terminal is accessed, put down the following:
      sudo apt-get install network-manager-openvpn (2)
      and press Enter

      How to set up OpenVPN on Ubuntu: Step 2

    • You will be informed about the package installation and will be asked if you want to continue. Type Y (3) and press Enter to proceed.

      How to set up OpenVPN on Ubuntu: Step 3

  2. Configure the OpenVPN connection:

    • Click Network Manager (4) > “VPN Connections” (5) > “Configure VPN” (6).

      How to set up OpenVPN on Ubuntu: Step 4

    • In “Network Connections” window, select the “VPN” tab (7) and press the “Add” button (8). In the “Choose a VPN Connection Type” (9) window select “OpenVPN” and press the “Create…” button (10).

      How to set up OpenVPN on Ubuntu: Step 5

    • Complete requested fields, using your data: the VPN server IP address (11) and your VPN account credentials (12). Download the OpenVPN Certificate Authority file. Select the downloaded openvpn-configs_ca.crt file (13). Click on “Advanced” button (14).

      How to set up OpenVPN on Ubuntu: Step 6

    • To use a UDP connection, type the 5555, 992 or 1194 value for the “Use custom gateway port” field (15).

      To use a TCP connection, check the “Use a TCP connection” checkbox (16) and type the 443, 5555, 992 or 1194 value for the “Use custom gateway port” field (15).

      How to set up OpenVPN on Ubuntu: Step 7

      Now OpenVPN on Ubuntu is set up.

  3. Connect to your new OpenVPN connection from CactusVPN.
    Network Manager (17) > “VPN Connections” (18) > Your CactusVPN connection (19):

    How to set up OpenVPN on Ubuntu: Step 8

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