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How to install a VPN on Fedora

The official ProtonVPN 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 31, 32. 33, and 34 (but not Rawhide).

1. Get the ProtonVPN repo setup RPM package

Download the ProtonVPN RPM package

2. Install the ProtonVPN 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 ProtonVPN Linux app

Then run:

sudo dnf install protonvpn

Linux system tray icon

Our Linux app can show a system tray icon that stays active when you close the main ProtonVPN 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 Tweaks app and go to Extensions → KStatusNotifieritem / Appindicator support On.

Tweaks can be installed using:

 sudo dnf install gnome-tweak-tool

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 ProtonVPN plan for Linux.

You are now ready to secure your internet connection and access blocked content with ProtonVPN. 

Learn how to use the ProtonVPN 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 ProtonVPN packages are uninstalled:

dnf/yum list installed | grep proton

Check if any ProtonVPN 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 ProtonVPN app

To uninstall the older community ProtonVPN app, open Terminal and run:

protonvpn configure

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 ProtonVPN 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) Re-run the following command to verify that ProtonVPN connections have been deleted:

nmcli connection show --active

If any ProtonVPN 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
  • Gnome-keyring

Note that most distros come pre-installed with one of these dependencies, so in most cases, no further action is required. Also needed is:

  • systemd

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.

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