- Click the Activities menu on the top left corner of the screen
- Search for "terminal" in the middle search box
- Launch the Terminal application
- Enter the following command:
- Once the download is complete, enter this command:
sudo bash pia-nm.sh
- This step may prompt you for your password. Simply enter the password you use to log into your computer and then press the Enter key. No stars or any character will appear: this normal and just a security feature of the Terminal.
- The installer will ask you for your username as well as your connection method. Simply enter your username as indicated. The next two questions are optional and you can just press enter to skip them if you wish.
- You are all set! You can now connect to PIA by clicking on the menu on the top right corner of your screen and then clicking on the VPN section. To connect to a PIA server, simply toggle the button on. That's it!
EASY Setup Guides for Alternate Configurations (Advanced):
The PPTP/L2TP/SOCKS5 protocols are provided for devices lacking compatibility with the Private Internet Access application or OpenVPN protocol. PPTP/L2TP/SOCKS5 should be used for masking one's IP address, censorship circumvention, and geolocation.
If you need encryption, please use the Private Internet Application or OpenVPN protocol with our service.
- Windows OpenVPN Setup
- macOS OpenVPN Setup
- macOS Viscosity Setup
- Ubuntu OpenVPN Setup
- Fedora OpenVPN Setup
- Robolinux 7.5.3 OpenVPN Setup
- iOS (iPad/iPhone/iTouch) OpenVPN Setup
- Android 4.0+ OpenVPN Setup
- DD-WRT OpenVPN Setup
- DD-WRT OpenVPN (Older Builds)
- Tomato OpenVPN Setup
- PfSense OpenVPN Setup
OpenVPN Configuration Files (Recommended Default)
OpenVPN Configuration Files (Strong)
Although quite different from a VPN, we provide a SOCKS5 Proxy with all accounts in the event users require this feature.
SOCKS5 Proxy Usage Guides
proxy-nl.privateinternetaccess.com port 1080
Enable port forwarding in the application by entering the Advanced area, enabling port forwarding and selecting one of the following gateways:
After enabling port forwarding and re-connecting to one of the above gateways, please hover your mouse over the System Tray or Menu Bar icon to reveal the tooltip which will display the port number. You can then enter this port into your software.
Port Forwarding reduces privacy. For maximum privacy, please keep port forwarding disabled.
The dns leak protection feature activates VPN dns leak protection. This ensures that DNS requests are routed through the VPN. This enables the greatest level of privacy and security but may cause connectivity issues in non-standard network configurations.
This can be enabled and disabled in the Windows application, while it is enabled by default on our macOS application.
We use our own private DNS servers for your DNS queries while on the VPN. After connecting we set your operating system's DNS servers to 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206. When using a DNS Leak testing site you should expect to see your DNS requests originate from the IP of the VPN gateway you are connected to.
If you change your DNS servers manually or if for some other reason they are changed this does not necessarily mean your DNS is leaking. Even if you use different DNS servers the queries will still be routed through the VPN connection and will be anonymous.
The internet kill switch activates VPN disconnect protection. If you disconnect from the VPN, your internet access will stop working. It will reactivate normal internet access when you deactivate the kill switch mode or exit the application.
Users who may be connected to two connections simultaneously (ex.: wired and wireless) should not use this feature, as it will only stop 1 active connection type.
United States (US VPN)
United Kingdom (GB VPN)
Canada (CA VPN)
Australia (AU VPN)
New Zealand (NZ VPN)
Netherlands (NL VPN)
Sweden (SE VPN)
Norway (NO VPN)
Denmark (DK VPN)
Finland (FI VPN)
Switzerland (CH VPN)
France (FR VPN)
Germany (DE VPN)
Ireland (IE VPN)
Italy (IT VPN)
Romania (RO VPN)
Turkey (TR VPN)
South Korea (KR VPN)
Hong Kong (HK VPN)
Singapore (SG VPN)
Japan (JP VPN)
Israel (IL VPN)
Mexico (MX VPN)
Brazil (BR VPN)
India (IN VPN)