I recently wrote an article that compared the two most popular VPN providers out there: Private Internet Access and NordVPN. Now, after using NordVPN for a good while, I had to install it on a couple of Linux machines and thought the process might not be as straight-forward for everyone as it is for me. Unfortunately, NordVPN doesn’t come with a nice GUI like PIA on Linux. Gladly, it’s really easy to install NordVPN on Linux and I am going to show you how to do it.
I use Linux Mint 19.1 for this tutorial, but the steps should work on any Debian based system.
Step 1 – Downloading the NordVPN Repository Package
cd Downloads wget https://repo.nordvpn.com/deb/nordvpn/debian/pool/main/nordvpn-release_1.0.0_all.deb
If you use the command line to download, make sure you check if release_1.0.0 is still the most recent before you run the wget command.
Step 2 – Installing the NordVPN Repository
sudo apt-get install /home/YourUsername/Downloads/nordvpn-release_1.0.0_all.deb
Once this is done, we update it.
sudo apt-get update -y
Step 3 – Install NordVPN on Linux
Now we are able to install the NordVPN package by running:
sudo apt-get install nordvpn -y
When you are done with this, we can go ahead and log in.
Step 4 – Logging in to NordVPN
There are several commands you can run. The most important are:
To set options in the settings use:
Refreshing the server list
Connecting to a different country
nordvpn connect NameOfCountry
There is also a way to set this up in OpenVPN, but to be honest, the manual way for me is much easier. I use NordVPN for over a month now and I am very satisfied with their service so far. I got a free account from them to test it out and if you want to try them, sign up through my Affiliate Link so I get a small commission and you get a nice discount if you decide for a 3-year deal.