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How to install a VPN on Fedora

In this article, we describe how to use the Proton VPN for Linux app on your Fedora 35+ system (Fedora 31 – 34 are no longer officially supported).

Proton VPN on Fedora

1. Get the Proton VPN repository setup RPM package

This package contains the repository configuration and keys that are required to install the Proton VPN app.

Download the Proton VPN RPM package

2. Install the Proton VPN repository

Double-click the downloaded RPM package to install the repository using your default package manager. 

Install the RPM repo package

3. Update the dnf package list

The following command updates the list of available packages and their versions. Doing this allows you to install the Proton VPN App. Open Terminal and enter:

sudo dnf update

4. Install the Proton VPN Linux app

Then run:

sudo dnf install protonvpn

5. Install required dependencies for the alternative routing feature

Enter:

sudo dnf install python3-pip

Then:

pip3 install --user 'dnspython>=1.16.0'

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 dnf install libappindicator-gtk3 gnome-tweaks gnome-shell-extension-appindicator

If you use the default GNOME desktop and the system tray icon does not show, open the GNOME extensions app, go to Appindicator and KStatusNotifieritem, and toggle the switch on.

GNOME extensions

The GNOME extensions app can be installed using:

sudo dnf install gnome-extensions-app

Restart your system after installing GNOME extensions.

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 secure your internet connection and access blocked content with Proton VPN. 

Learn how to use the Proton VPN Linux app

Notes

1. Uninstall the official app

To uninstall the official app, run:

sudo dnf remove protonvpn -y; sudo dnf autoremove -y; sudo dnf clean packages

Check if all Proton VPN packages are uninstalled:

dnf/yum list installed | grep proton

Check if any Proton VPN folders remain on your system:

ls -ld /usr/lib/python3.*/site-packages/proton*

If any folders are found then remove them using:

sudo rm -rf /usr/lib/python3.*/site-packages/proton*

Check again that all folders are removed (see last step above).

2. How to disable the kill switch after you have uninstalled the app

Disable the kill switch inside the app settings before you uninstall it or you may not be able to access the internet. If you don’t do this, you can disable the kill switch even after the app has been uninstalled by taking the following steps:

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]

For example:

nmcli connection delete pvpn-killswitch

c) Repeat the above steps to ensure all Proton VPN connections are removed. 

4. Required dependencies

You’ll need one of the following dependencies installed for the Proton VPN app to work (do not install both as this will cause problems):

  • KWallet
  • Gnome-keyring

Most Fedora Spins have one of them installed by default, so it’s unlikely you’ll need to take further action. Also required is:

  • Systemd

But again, on most Fedora Spins, this is pre-installed. 

5. Try out the early release version of this app

Are you an experienced Fedora or Linux user who wants to help us release problem-free software for our community? By using the early access version of this app, you can access pre-release features while also helping us find and address bugs.

If you are interested, download the following repo package instead of the one linked to in step 1 above.

Download the early access version of the Proton VPN RPM package

Note that this is untested pre-release software, so please only use it if your threat model permits. 

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