OpenVPN on Ubuntu 18.04

Chi Thuc Nguyen
2 min readFeb 18, 2019

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Install required packages

sudo apt install openvpn network-manager-openvpn 
sudo apt install network-manager-openvpn-gnome

Connect to the OpenVPN using command line

sudo openvpn --config you-config-file.ovpn

You should see something like this:

And you’ve connected to the OpenVPN. If you terminate the terminal, the connection will be lost.

It’s more convenient to have OpenVPN option in Network Manager GUI.

Using Network Manager GUI

First, you need to restart the network-manager service after installing the OpenVPN packages above.

sudo service network-manager restart

Then open the Network settings, click the + button next to the VPN section, then choose Import from file…

Browse to your .ovpn file to open it and click Add:

You will see your OpenVPN connection configured with On/Off switch:

You can also turn the OpenVPN connection on/off quickly here:

Enjoy your OpenVPN connection!

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