ProtonVPN for Linux Now Officially in Beta

Up until now, Linux users relied on the community-sourced app to secure their internet connections with ProtonVPN.

New ProtonVPN for Linux beta

ProtonVPN has been available for all the popular platforms for quite some time now. However, its Linux client was community-sourced and now the company is launching a new, official command-line app developed by its own team.

Produced in-house over several months, ProtonVPN’s new app for Linux has a completely rewritten code with a focus on improved security. So if you’re using the existing ProtonVPN for Linux Version 2.0, it is recommended that you upgrade to the new official client.

ProtonVPN’s Linux app features

As noted above, the app has been rebuilt from the ground up, featuring a streamlined code to improve stability and performance, while providing a “firm foundation for future developments.”

Security has also been improved with the always-on kill switch being properly embedded into the codebase. And because the app minimizes the need to execute code with privileged access, no sudo rights are required.

Initially, the app is available for Debian-based systems, such as Debian itself, Ubuntu, Mint, or Kali — with support for other distros rolling out over the next few weeks.

It includes DNS leak protection and IPv6 leak protection, and will automatically re-establish the VPN connection when you switch networks. And once you update your system’s software sources, ProtonVPN for Linux will be kept updated by your default package manager.

The app has also been completely integrated with NetworkManager, and therefore with the GNOME and KDE Plasma desktop environments. It uses OpenVPN UDP by default, with the option to change it to OpenVPN TCP — which can come in handy for defeating censorship.

Unfortunately though, split tunneling is still not there. So if you need this option, perhaps you’re best off keeping the existing community version at least until this feature is added to the official app.

How to install ProtonVPN’s official Linux app

Hop over to Terminal and first add ProtonVPN repository to your system’s software sources:

wget -q -O - https://repo.protonvpn.com/debian/public_key.asc | sudo apt-key add -

followed by

sudo add-apt-repository 'deb [arch=amd64] https://repo.protonvpn.com/debian unstable main'

Now install the client:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install protonvpn

And you’re ready to use the app.

Now login to ProtonVPN for Linux with:

protonvpn-cli login

Then simply run:

protonvpn-cli c

To disconnect, enter:

protonvpn-cli d

The always-on kill switch must be enabled with the following command:

protonvpn-cli ks --always-on

For the full list of commands available, enter:

protonvpn-cli -h

Help make ProtonVPN for Linux better

If you’re tech-savvy enough and also a Linux user, feel free to send your two cents to the ProtonVPN team. Any feedback on the new Linux app, bug reports and suggestions can be emailed to linux-beta@protonvpn.com.

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  • Easy to use apps for popular platforms
  • Works with Netflix and Hulu
  • Dedicated servers for Tor and torrenting
  • There's a free version of the service
  • No live chat support
  • Doesn't work well with BBC iPlayer