Our app officially supports Linux Debian 10+. It should also work with most distros based on these Linux versions (not Ubuntu Server or Raspbian), but they are not officially supported.
If you are using the community-developed version of our Linux app, we recommend you uninstall it before installing the new app. See the note section at the end of this article for instructions on how to do this.
1. Get the Proton VPN repo setup DEB package
2. Install the Proton VPN repository
Double-click the downloaded DEB package to install the repo using your default package manager.
3. Update the apt-get package list
Open Terminal and enter the command:
sudo apt-get update
4. Install the Proton VPN Linux app
Last step! Type this command:
sudo apt-get install protonvpn
Linux system tray icon
Our Linux app can show a system tray icon that stays active when you close the main Proton VPN window and allows you to easily Quick Connect or Disconnect.
To install the system tray icon, open Terminal and enter:
sudo apt install gnome-shell-extension-appindicator gir1.2-appindicator3-0.1
You might be asked to select your default displays manager. If you are unsure which it is, enter the following command into a new terminal window to find out:
grep '/usr/s\?bin' /etc/systemd/system/display-manager.service
Restart your system.
Once installed, simply log in with your Proton account credentials. If you do not yet have an account, you can sign up for a Free Proton VPN plan for Linux.
You are now ready to protect your online activity and access blocked content with Proton VPN.
Note: The system tray icon may not work on Debian 11 because it requires dependencies that have been deprecated.
1. Uninstall the official app
To uninstall the official app:
sudo apt-get autoremove protonvpn
Remove any leftover files:
rm -rf ~/.cache/protonvpn
rm -rf ~/.config/protonvpn
2. Uninstall the older community Proton VPN app
To uninstall the older community Proton VPN app, run:
Select option 7) Purge Configuration. Then uninstall through the package manager you used for installation. If the package is installed system-wide, use the command:
sudo pip3 uninstall protonvpn-cli
If not, then use:
pip3 uninstall protonvpn-cli
3. Disable Kill Switch if you have uninstalled the app
The Kill Switch can be easily disabled from within the official Linux app, but this will not be possible if you uninstalled the app first without disabling the Kill Switch. This may result in your system being unable to access the internet. To remove the Kill Switch after the app has been uninstalled:
a) Identify Proton VPN connection names by running the command:
nmcli connection show --active
This will display a list of all your system’s active connections.
b) Look for any connections with the pvpn- This usually includes pvpn-killswitch and pvpn-ipv6leak-protection, and may include pvpn-routed-killswitch. Delete all these connections using the following command:
nmcli connection delete [connection name]
nmcli connection delete pvpn-killswitch
c) Re-run the following command to verify that Proton VPN connections have been deleted:
nmcli connection show --active
If any Proton VPN connections remain, delete them as described above.
4. Required dependencies
Our Linux app needs one of the following dependencies installed in order to work. Installing both of these dependencies is not recommended as it may cause problems:
- KWallet or
Note that most distros come pre-installed with one of these dependencies, so usually no additional configuration is required. Also required is:
5. Try out the early release version of this app
The early access version of our Linux app gives you access to new features before they are released publicly, but it is still in development. By using the early access version and sharing your feedback, you can help us find and address bugs. If you would like to install the early access version instead of the stable release of this app, please see here.