The official Proton VPN Linux app replaces the old community version. If you are using the community-developed version of our Linux app it should be uninstalled first. Instructions for doing this are available at the end of the article. Our official app supports Fedora 34, 35, and 36 (Fedora 31, 32, and 33, are no longer officially supported).
1. Get the Proton VPN repo setup RPM package
2. Install the Proton VPN repository
Double-click the downloaded RPM package to install the repo using your default package manager.
3. Update the dnf package list
Open Terminal and enter the command:
sudo dnf update
4. Install the Proton VPN Linux app
sudo dnf install protonvpn
5. Install required dependencies for the alternative routing feature
sudo dnf install python3-pip
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 the system tray icon does not show, open the GNOME extensions, go to Appindicator and KStatusNotifieritem and toggle the switch on.
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.
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 uninstall the community-developed Proton VPN app
To uninstall the older community Proton VPN app, open Terminal and 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
If you need to uninstall our official Linux app, please disable Kill Switch first, or your system may be unable to access the internet. To remove the Kill Switch after the app has been uninstalled, use the following instructions:
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 in most cases, no further action is required. Also needed 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.