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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 system. Our app officially supports the latest stable Fedora version.

Proton VPN on Fedora

Download the repository configuration and keys required to install the Proton VPN app. Enter:

1. Download the package. Enter:

wget https://repo.protonvpn.com/fedora-39-stable/protonvpn-stable-release/protonvpn-stable-release-1.0.1-2.noarch.rpm

2. Install the Proton VPN repository containing the new app. Run:

sudo dnf install ./protonvpn-stable-release-1.0.1-2.noarch.rpm

3. If you’re running the old (v3) Proton VPN app or CLI (stable or beta versions), simply run:

sudo dnf check-update && dnf upgrade

If you don’t have Proton VPN installed, run:

sudo dnf install --refresh proton-vpn-gnome-desktop

To check for updates and ensure that you’re running the latest version of the app, enter:

sudo dnf check-update && dnf upgrade

System tray icon (optional)

System tray icon on Fedora

By default, the GNOME desktop doesn’t support tray icons. To enable this functionality:

1. Run:

sudo dnf install libappindicator-gtk3 gnome-shell-extension-appindicator gnome-extensions-app

2. Restart your computer.

3. Once you’ve done this, open the Extensions app and ensure that AppIndicator and KStatusNotifierItem Support is toggled on before opening the app.

Open the Extensions app and ensure that AppIndicator and KStatusNotifierItem Support is toggled on

Notes

1. How to remove the official Linux app

To uninstall the new Linux app, open a terminal and enter:

sudo dnf remove "protonvpn*" proton-vpn-gnome-desktop

2. How to remove the old (v3) Proton VPN app

To uninstall our old (v3) Linux app, open a terminal and enter:

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).

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

You can easily turn off the kill switch inside our Linux app, but this isn’t possible if you have already uninstalled it. In this case, you can remove the kill switch and restore access to the internet as follows:

a) Identify Proton VPN connection names by running the command:

nmcli connection show --active

This will show a list of 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 check that all Proton VPN connections have been removed:

nmcli connection show --active

If you see any Proton VPN connections left, delete them as described above.

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 our beta Linux app

The beta 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 beta version and sharing your feedback, you can help us find and address bugs. 

Important: You cannot upgrade from the beta version of our Linux app to the stable version. You will need to uninstall the beta app and then install the official app. Similarly, if you are using the stable version of our Linux VPN app, you should uninstall it before installing the early beta version. 

If you would like to install the beta version instead of the stable release of this app, open a terminal window and:

1. Download the beta package. Enter:

wget https://repo.protonvpn.com/fedora-39-unstable/protonvpn-beta-release/protonvpn-beta-release-1.0.1-2.noarch.rpm 

2. Install the Proton VPN beta repository containing the new app. Run:

sudo dnf install ./protonvpn-beta-release-1.0.1-2.noarch.rpm

3. If you’re running the old (v3) Proton VPN app or CLI (stable or beta versions), simply run:

sudo dnf upgrade --refresh

If you don’t have Proton VPN installed, run:

sudo dnf install --refresh proton-vpn-gnome-desktop

To check for updates and ensure that you’re running the latest version of the app, enter:

sudo dnf upgrade --refresh

How to remove the beta Linux app

To uninstall the new Linux app, open a terminal and enter:

sudo dnf remove "protonvpn*" proton-vpn-gnome-desktop

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