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How to install a VPN on Linux Mint

The ProtonVPN Linux app officially supports Mint 20. We If you are currently using the community-developed version of our Linux app, you should uninstall it before installing our official app.

1. Download our repo setup package

Download the ProtonVPN DEB package

2. Install the ProtonVPN repository

Double-click downloaded DEB package to install the repo using your default package manager. 

3. Update the apt-get package list

Open Terminal and enter the command:

sudo apt-get update

4. Install the ProtonVPN Linux app

sudo apt-get install protonvpn

The ProtonVPN Linux app is now installed and can be run from your application launcher menu.

Learn how to use the ProtonVPN Linux app

Notes

1. Uninstall the older community ProtonVPN app

Open Terminal and enter:

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

2. Disable Kill Switch if you have uninstalled the app

If the community app is still installed, you can simply disable Kill Switch from within the app. If you have uninstalled it with Kill Switch still enabled, then this won’t be possible and you may not be able to access the internet. To fix this:

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

Most distros come pre-installed with one of these dependencies, in which case no further action is needed.

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