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How to install a VPN on Kali Linux

Our Linux app officially supports Kali Linux. If you are using the community-developed version of our Linux app, please uninstall it before installing this app.

ProtonVPN on Kali Linux

1. Our DEB package installs the ProtonVPN repository on your system.

Download the ProtonVPN DEB package

2. Install the ProtonVPN repository

Open a terminal and run the following:

sudo apt-get install {/path/to/}protonvpn-stable-release_1.0.1-1_all.deb

Replace {/path/to/} with the path to where you download the file. For example:

sudo apt-get install ~/Downloads/protonvpn-stable-release_1.0.1-1_all.deb

3. Update the apt-get package list

Then enter:

sudo apt-get update

4. Install the app

And finally:

sudo apt-get install protonvpn

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.

The ProtonVPN Linux app is now ready to secure your internet browsing and allow you to access the internet without censorship blocks. However, please note that the system tray icon may not work on Kali Linux. This is because the system tray icon requires dependencies that have been deprecated. 

Learn how to use the ProtonVPN Linux app

Notes

1. How to uninstall the old community ProtonVPN app

The old community Linux app should be uninstalled before installing our new official app. To do this, open Terminal and enter:

protonvpn configure

Select option 7) Purge Configuration. Then uninstall through your usual package manager. If the package is installed system-wide, use the command:

sudo pip3 uninstall protonvpn-cli

If not, then use:

pip3 uninstall protonvpn-cli

2. How to disable Kill Switch if you have uninstalled the official app

You should disable Kill Switch before uninstalling our official app. If you don’t then your system may become unable to access the internet. To remove the Kill Switch after the app has been uninstalled:

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.

3. 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 usually, no additional configuration 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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