Guide to Create and Configure an OpenVPN Connection on a Ubuntu Linux Based System

OpenVPN protocol is considered to be more secure as compared to other VPN options commonly used for the VPN services. However, there are not many VPN providers that offer a client support for Linux based systems. To help out the VPN users with the set up of an OpenVPN connection on a Ubuntu Linux based system, a step by step guide is provided below to create and configure the connection .

  • Click on the ‘Applications’ menu option on the top bar. In the drop down menu, click on the ‘accessories’ option to open a sub-menu, where you need to click on the ‘terminal’ option to open it.
  • Here you need to install the OpenVPN module to be used for Network Manager application. To proceed with the installation, you should enter a command in the terminal window as “sudo apt-get install –y network-manager-openvpn. This will initiate the installation process, after the completion of which, you should close the ‘terminal’ application.
  • Now download the configuration files from your VPN provider, which you will need in the next step to configure the VPN connection to be used with your VPN services. The link for the configuration files would be provided to you in the welcome mail or you can get the same by contacting customer support service.
  • After downloading the configuration files, extract them on the desktop. After extracting the files, click on the icon for ‘network manager’ provided in the notification area of the top bar. The icon could be a 2-arrow symbol or a double monitor symbol.
  • From the drop down menu that opened after clicking on the icon, click on the ‘VPN Connections’ option to open a submenu, from which, you need to click on the ‘Configure VPN’ option.
  • A small ‘network connections’ window will open up. Move to the ‘VPN’ tab and then click on the ‘import’ button to import the configuration file. Choose the folder, where the extracted configuration files are placed and select the one with ‘.ovpn’ extension and then click on the ‘open’ button to open it.
  • An editor window for the VPN connection will be displayed, where you need to enter the name of the connection under the ‘connection name’ field and uncheck the box for ‘connect automatically’ option. After making these modifications, click on the ‘apply’ button to save these settings and then click on ‘close’ to close the network connections window.
  • Again click on the ‘network manager’ icon on the top bar, click on the ‘VPN connections’ option and then click on the name of the connection that you just created. This will commence the process for the establishment of the connection.
  • The ‘network manager’ icon will start blicking, after which a lock will appear over the icon, after the connection is successfully established.

With this guide, you are now able to set up and use an OpenVPN connection on your Ubuntu Linux based system. You can confirm your anonymity by verifying the location of your system’s IP address shown on the server through any IP lookup service website.

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