UPDATE April 27, 2020: We have released a new version of our Linux command line tool. If you use ProtonVPN on Linux, please download the ProtonVPN Linux client version 2.0. You can inspect this new command line tool’s code on GitHub.
At ProtonVPN we’re big fans of Linux operating system, and most of our team uses Linux- or Unix-based systems on a daily basis. If you’re a regular Linux user, one of the things you have probably noticed is that VPN server management is not exactly convenient or user friendly. This is the issue we’ve faced while using ProtonVPN on Linux.
The ProtonVPN Linux command-line tool is used to help you quickly connect to our VPN servers, allowing you to see a full server list and manage your connections. Our VPN command-line tool for Linux offers several benefits, such as quicker setup, easier VPN server connect/disconnect, easy-to-read server listing, and easier switching among servers.
Because we are strong supporters of open source software (and we intend to eventually open source all ProtonVPN clients), our Linux VPN command-line tool is open source and can be found at the following Github repository: https://github.com/ProtonVPN/protonvpn-cli
If you would like to try this new feature for Linux, visit our Support page for a step-by-step guide for installing it on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS: https://protonvpn.com/support/linux-vpn-tool/. The command-line tool works on other Linux distributions, as well as macOS.
Your feedback is important! As always, you can report bugs or send us your suggestions or comments through our support form here, or directly on Github. We look forward to working with the community we serve to build the best Linux command-line tool available. If you have improvements or bugfixes and you are a developer, feel free to make pull requests to the repo and we will review and merge them.
ProtonVPN entirely depends on users upgrading to paid accounts to cover operating expenses. Without your support, projects such as ProtonMail and ProtonVPN would not be able to thrive. If you appreciate the security and privacy that ProtonVPN provides, please consider upgrading to a paid account.
You can get a free VPN account from ProtonVPN and a free secure email account from ProtonMail to secure your privacy. However, there are paid plans available if you would like to add on more features to both services.
The ProtonVPN Team