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Linux - (Ubuntu) Installing OpenVPN

Alternative Setups

The PIA application is only supported systemd based operating systems at this time, examples of these are Mint, Unbuntu, Arch, and Debian.

If you are unable to install the PIA App using the instructions on the Download page, please use the detailed step by step guide below to install OpenVPN Connect!

Disclaimer: Installation and use of any software made by third party developers is at your own discretion and liability. We share our best practices with third party software but do not provide customer support for them.

Step 1: Click the Unity menu icon.


Step 2: Search for "terminal".


Step 3: Launch the Terminal application.


Step 4: On some distributions, you may need to run the following command before running the install script: sudo apt-get install curl network-manager-openvpn-gnome

Step 5: Enter the following command in the terminal window: wget


Tip: Press Ctrl+Shift+V to paste into the terminal.

Step 6: Enter the second and last command: sudo bash


Step 7: If you are prompted for your password, simply enter the password you use when you log into your computer. No stars or any character will appear: this is normal and just a security feature of the Terminal.

Step 8: The installer will ask you for your username as well as your connection method. Simply enter your username as indicated (example username p1234567). The next two questions are optional and you can simply press the Enter key to skip them and use the defaults.


Step 9: That's it! You can now connect to PIA using the VPN Connections menu of the networking menu (this will look like up/down arrows or a WiFi icon).


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First published: 13/03/2018

Last updated: Jun 5, 2020 by Kaneesha Davis