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I need to install Cyberghost VPN (if it is possible)

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#1 Post by c3p0 » Tue Sep 27, 2022 3:55 pm

Installer for Ubuntu 20.04 / Linux Mint 20 wrote: Checking if glibc version is compatible Couldn't detect a valid version of your distribution.
CyberGhost support wrote: Make sure you have downloaded the correct install package for your distribution Note: We support only the following distributions for Debian based OS: -Ubuntu 16.04 -Ubuntu 18.04 -Ubuntu 19.04 -Ubuntu 19.10 -Ubuntu 20.04 -Linux Mint 19.2 -Linux Mint 20 -PopOS 19.10 -Kali 2019/2020 (glibc version should be 2.29/2.30/2.31 in order to work)

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Re: I need to install Cyberghost VPN (if it is possible)

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Best VPNs for Linux in 2024 and ones to avoid

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In the realm of software options, Linux enthusiasts often find themselves overlooked, and the situation is the same when it comes to VPN services. Let’s face it: Linux users are frequently relegated to the back burner by most companies and developers. However, we have diligently researched and tested extensively to address this disparity. In this guide, we present a comprehensive list of the best Linux VPNs.

When connecting to a VPN server on Linux, options like OpenVPN, OpenConnect, AnyConnect, and Network Manager have gained popularity among users. Nevertheless, we aimed higher to discover VPN providers offering a seamless plug-and-play native VPN client. With these specialized clients, configuration hassles are significantly reduced, and users can enjoy a host of enhanced features and perks that generic VPNs can’t match.

That’s why each VPN recommended in our exclusive list provides a tailor-made app designed solely for Linux users, ensuring a streamlined and satisfying VPN experience.

If you just want a quick answer, here’s our shortlist of the best VPNs for Linux:

  • NordVPN: The best Linux VPN on the market. Fast, easy to install, and great at unblocking streaming sites. Even includes a 30-day money-back guarantee. TIP In our testing we found that the cheapest NordVPN plan (Standard) works perfectly for Linux.
  • Surfshark: Our favorite low-cost VPN for Linux users. Provides high speeds, solid security, and allows you to secure every device you own simultaneously.
  • ExpressVPN: Works on a range of Linux distros. Unblocks a range of secure streaming sites, very fast, and uses powerful security.
  • CyberGhost: Recently launched a command-line Linux app. Easy-to-use, good for unblocking region-locked content, and secure.
  • PrivateVPN : OpenVPN CLI app for Linux. Beginner-friendly Linux VPN with fast speeds combined with powerful unblocking ability. Strong privacy protection.
  • Private Internet Access : Offers a full GUI app for Linux. Servers available in 80 countries and provides 24/7 live chat support. Secure 10 devices at once.
  • ProtonVPN: Open-source command-line app from a user privacy-focused VPN provider. A reliable choice for Linux.


NordVPN is offering a fully-featured risk-free 30-day trial if you sign up at this page . You can use the VPN rated #1 for Linux, free from any limitations, for a month — great if you want to try all of the service's features out or yourself before coming to a decision.

There's no catch — just contact support within 30 days if you decide NordVPN isn't right for you and you'll get a full refund. Start your NordVPN trial here .

What makes a good Linux VPN?

Our list of the best VPNs for Linux is based on the following criteria (we explain more on this later ):

  • A Linux app is available, so little or no manual configuration is required
  • Fast speeds for streaming and downloading
  • Strong online security
  • No activity logs or IP address logs
  • Can unblock geo-locked websites, apps, and streaming services
  • Good value for money with discounts for longer subscriptions

Short for Virtual Private Network, a VPN encrypts all of a device’s internet traffic and routes it through an intermediary server in a location of the user’s choosing. This has a myriad of benefits ranging from improved online privacy, better security when connected to public wi-fi, and can unblock geo-locked sites, apps, and services.

Best VPNs for Linux – Our hands-on review

We’ve compared the most important features for the top VPNs here. Prefer to read the in-depth reviews?  Start with NordVPN – our #1 choice for Linux.

The 7 best Linux VPNs

These are the top VPNs for Linux, which include a dedicated Linux app.

NordVPN has a command-line Linux app, is budget-friendly, and works great for streaming.

Apps Available:

VPN Ratings:

  • Overall score: 9.6 / 10
  • Streaming: 9.7 / 10
  • Speed: 9.8 / 10
  • Security & Privacy: 9.6 / 10
  • Ease of Use: 9.6 / 10
  • Value for Money: 9.3 / 10


Money-back guarantee:   30 DAYS

NordVPN launched its dedicated Linux app in August 2018. The command-line app has no GUI (graphical user interface), but it’s still far easier to set up and use than manually configuring servers. The Linux app comes with most of the same great features you get on other operating systems, including an automated kill switch, ad blocker, and anti-malware filter. If you still prefer doing things the old-fashioned way, Nord boasts an extensive user base of tutorials including detailed Linux setup instructions for OpenVPN, IKEv2, and PPTP protocols.

Based in Panama, NordVPN allows up to six simultaneous connections, a zero-logs policy, and specialized servers for streaming, P2P, and added security. It works with sites and apps like Netflix, Hulu, and BBC iPlayer. Over 5,200 ultra-fast servers are on offer in more than 60 countries. Every connection is protected with AES 256-bit encryption, and the IKEv2 protocol features perfect forward secrecy to ensure no one can decrypt past sessions even if they discover the encryption key.

NordVPN speed test data

  • Major emphasis on security and privacy
  • Works with most popular geo-locked streaming services
  • Faster than any of its rivals
  • 24/7 live chat support available
  • Expansive server network
  • Can take a while for the app to connect to the server

BEST VPN FOR LINUX: NordVPN is our #1 for Linux. Connects up to 6 devices simultaneously. Impressive security offering, unblocking abilities, and speeds. Its 30-day money-back guarantee means you can try it out risk-free.

Read our full NordVPN review .

2. Surfshark

Surfshark is a reliable, budget VPN with a command-line app for Ubuntu and Debian.

  • Overall score: 9.4 / 10
  • Streaming: 9.0 / 10
  • Speed: 9.5 / 10
  • Ease of Use: 9.0 / 10
  • Value for Money: 9.9 / 10


Surfshark now offers users a command-line app for Linux that works on Debian and Ubuntu distros. You can select any of the available server locations from a list and get connected in seconds. Surfshark is ideal for people who want to stream while traveling abroad, since it can securely access platforms such as Netflix, Hulu, BBC iPlayer, or Amazon Prime Video. Torrenting is allowed as well, and the service keeps no logs.

Surfshark is the only provider on this list to allow an unlimited number of simultaneous connections per account. That makes it a great bargain if you share with family or housemates. Live chat support is staffed around the clock.

Other than Linux, apps are also available for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android.

Surfshark speed test data

  • Unlimited devices
  • Great for Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video
  • Plenty of security features
  • No-logs policy
  • 24/7 live chat
  • Occasional slow server, but has thousands to pick from in 100+ countries

BEST BUDGET VPN: Surfshark is affordable, fast, and reliable. It provides a ton of security features and strong unblocking ability, as well as a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Read our full review of Surfshark .

3. ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN is a highly rated VPN for Linux thanks to a dedicated app, fast internet speeds, and exceptional security.

  • Overall score: 8.6 / 10
  • Streaming: 9.2 / 10
  • Security & Privacy: 9.8 / 10
  • Ease of Use: 9.1 / 10
  • Value for Money: 5.4 / 10


ExpressVPN released its official Linux app in April 2016. It runs using a command-line interface rather than the desktop GUI available on Windows and Mac, but it’s still far easier than downloading and managing config files for each server. The server list is always kept up to date, and users can easily switch between UDP and TCP over the OpenVPN protocol. ExpressVPN costs a little more than some rivals, but it does offer a 30-day money-back guarantee and clocked much faster connection speeds in our testing. ExpressVPN works on Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, Kali, and CentOS.

ExpressVPN is high on our list as it scores well in all key areas including privacy, speed and customer support. It also works consistently with Netflix , Hulu, BBC iPlayer and HBO.

Update: ExpressVPN has made some notable improvements by allowing up to 5 simultaneous devices and introducing a kill switch.

ExpressVPN speed test data

  • High speeds for downloading and video streaming
  • Comprehensive security and privacy features
  • Substantial network across 94 countries and with over 3,000 servers
  • Slightly more expensive than rivals
  • May not offer enough control for advanced users

PRIVACY FIRST: ExpressVPN is a pleasure to use. Tested on Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, Kali, and CentOS. Boasts a large network and is tough to beat on privacy and security. Also includes a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Read our full review of ExpressVPN .

4. CyberGhost

CyberGhost recently launched a command-line app for Linux users that makes it easy to set up and connect. It works with Ubuntu 19.04, 18.04, 16.04 and Fedora 29 and 30.

  • Overall score: 8.4 / 10
  • Streaming: 7.8 / 10
  • Speed: 8.2 / 10
  • Security & Privacy: 8.4 / 10
  • Ease of Use: 8.4 / 10
  • Value for Money: 9.4 / 10


Money-back guarantee:   45 DAYS

As with others, the command-line app has no graphic interface and runs solely from the command line. You can choose how you want to use the VPN, such as for torrenting or streaming, as well as the location. CyberGhost doesn’t store any user logs and employs strong encryption and leak protection.

CyberGhost uses the OpenVPN protocol. It operates more than 10,000 servers in 89+ countries. Connection speeds are good and connections are reliable. Live chat support is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

You can connect up to seven devices at a time. Apps are also available for Windows, MacOS, iOS, Linux, and Android.

CyberGhost speed test data

  • Securely stream Netflix US, Hulu, and BBC iPlayer
  • Keeps no logs
  • Use up to seven devices simultaneously
  • Easy to use, select activity type and be connected to the most appropriate server
  • Doesn’t reliably work in China
  • No router support

FAST AND SECURE LINUX VPN: CyberGhost's Linux app has all the speed, digital security, and unblocking capabilities available in other versions, plus a healthy 45-day money-back guarantee.

Read our full CyberGhost review .

5. PrivateVPN

PrivateVPN offers a user-friendly service and impressive security features. If you get stuck free remote help and installation is available.

  • Overall score: 7.8 / 10
  • Streaming: 7.5 / 10
  • Speed: 7.9 / 10
  • Security & Privacy: 7.8 / 10
  • Ease of Use: 7.7 / 10
  • Value for Money: 8.0 / 10


PrivateVPN now offers a command-line app for Linux. This works on both Ubuntu and Debian. It’s one of the most user-friendly VPNs around and provides setup guides to make everything that much quicker and easier. While PrivateVPN operates a smaller network of approximately 200 servers, these are located in over 60 countries. Better still, it provides fast, unthrottled connections for lag-free streaming.

This is a VPN that offers plenty of impressive security features, be it military-grade 256-bit AES encryption, protection from DNS leaks, or a kill switch. It also protects your privacy through its strict no-logs policy. Should you have any trouble setting PrivateVPN with Linux, you can take advantage of its live chat and email support. Note that free remote help and installation is even available .

Aside from Linux, you’ll find PrivateVPN apps for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, and Amazon Fire TV. Indeed, you can even manually configure it to work with select wireless routers.

PrivateVPN speed test data

  • User-friendly with setup guides and customer support
  • High-speed servers for streaming and torrenting
  • Consistent unblocking of popular streaming platforms
  • Online anonymity thanks to a strict no-logs policy
  • Smaller network of servers (only 200 or so in total)
  • Live chat isn’t available 24 hours a day

IDEAL FOR STREAMING: PrivateVPN supports Linux  through a CLI app. Very fast, consistent connections and reliable unblocking of geo-restricted content. Quality customer support and a no-logs policy. 30-day money-back guarantee.

Read our full PrivateVPN review .

6. Private Internet Access

Private Internet Access covers 80 countries, perfect for traveling abroad. Streaming is a breeze and with a single PIA account you can secure as many as 10 devices.

Private Internet Access

  • Streaming: 8.4 / 10
  • Speed: 8.0 / 10
  • Security & Privacy: 8.5 / 10
  • Value for Money: 8.5 / 10


Private Internet Access is one of very few VPNs to actually offer a full app for Linux . Complete with a GUI, it works on Ubuntu, Mint, Debian, Fedora, Arch, and more. It’s also completely open-source, providing full transparency. This VPN’s network covers 80 countries in total, making it highly suitable when you’re traveling abroad. You also won’t have trouble streaming or torrenting because there’s no bandwidth throttling.

With a single PIA account, you can secure as many as 10 devices at the same time. Security features of this VPN include 256-bit AES encryption, DNS leak protection, and a kill switch. PIA also operates a no-logs policy which means your personal information stays private. There are also some optional add-ons including an antivirus and dedicated IP address. Need help? There’s 24/7 live chat support.

Aside from an excellent app for Linux, Private Internet Access can be downloaded for the following: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, and Amazon Fire TV. Chrome and Firefox browser extensions are also offered although manual setup is needed for wifi routers.

Private Internet Access speed test data

  • Easy-to-use app for Linux
  • Servers are available in 80 countries
  • Connect up to 10 of your devices at the same time
  • Highly secure with encryption and a built-in ad blocker
  • Not the strongest unblocker of streaming services
  • Doesn’t work reliably in China

SECURE 10 DEVICES: Private Internet Access  is easy to use with Linux thanks to its GUI app. Connect to servers in 80 countries. Good speeds with no throttling. Option to connect 10 devices simultaneously. 30-day money-back guarantee.

Read our full Private Internet Access review .

7. ProtonVPN

ProtonVPN is a great choice for security-conscious Linux users.


  • Streaming: 9 / 10
  • Speed: 8 / 10
  • Security & Privacy: 9 / 10
  • Ease of Use: 6 / 10
  • Value for Money: 7 / 10


ProtonVPN now makes a command-line app for Linux that lets you see the full list of servers and more easily manage connections. The tool is open-source so you’re free to inspect and modify the code as you please. It works on Ubuntu, Fedora, Arch linux/Manjaro, Kali, and Solus. All connections use the OpenVPN protocol, and you can quickly switch between servers.

Proton emphasizes privacy in all of its services, and its VPN is no different. You get top-notch security and a strict zero logs policy. ProtonVPN allows P2P filesharing and works with US Netflix.

ProtonVPN speed test data

  • Strong security
  • No issues with Netflix
  • P2P allowed
  • No live chat support
  • Small server selection

Great Speeds: ProtonVPN is reliable . This is a fast and reliable VPN service that is suitable for streaming and torrenting, although it’s on the pricier side. 30-day money-back guarantee

Read our full ProtonVPN review .

VPNs that Linux users should avoid

Several tutorials out there will show you how to install OpenVPN. That’s great, because OpenVPN is probably the best VPN protocol on the market. However, OpenVPN is just a protocol and a client. It is not a VPN service in and of itself. You will still require a server or servers to connect to, and this is where many people run into privacy issues.

All of the above paid services we’ve listed above have zero-log policies, meaning they don’t monitor or record how you use the VPN. This means a hacker can’t breach the provider’s servers and find dirt on you, the company can’t sell your info to third parties, and law enforcement can’t coerce the company into giving up private info about customers.

With free VPNs, the reality is often very different. A company isn’t going to waste money hosting and maintaining a VPN server without expecting something in return. That’s why it’s very important to read up on a company’s privacy and logging policies before you connect.

Furthermore, stay away from VPN services that only offer a PPTP connection. PPTP is fast and simple to set up, but it contains several security vulnerabilities.

This free VPN service only uses PPTP connections, so it’s clearly not secure. The privacy policy is one sentence long and even that has typos in it. Granted, the one sentence claims the service doesn’t keep any traffic logs, but we’d hardly call that a policy.


Searching for a free VPN for Linux on Google might lead you to SecurityKISS. The company stores connection logs and IP addresses of users, a practice which privacy advocates frown upon. In the free version, your usage is capped at 300MB per day. In the paid version … well it doesn’t really matter because there are at least a half dozen better options.

Another mediocre VPN service that somehow weaseled its way into search results, USAIP’s latest Linux client only uses PPTP. It also doesn’t provide its own DNS servers or default to Google’s, which means your ISP can still monitor your online activity. On top of that, it doesn’t disclose its logging policy.

Our VPN testing methodology

Comparitech tests every VPN we recommend using a rigorous and comprehensive methodology. When it comes to Linux VPNs in particular, we examine:

  • Which Linux distros are supported
  • Linux app quality and user experience
  • Support and documentation for Linux users
  • Support for manual configuration using third-party VPN clients

We put each VPN through a range of quantitative and qualitative tests to ensure they function as described and can be relied upon by readers. Those tests include:

  • Speed tests: We measure VPN connection speeds to servers in North America, Europe, and Asia, and we only recommend the fastest VPNs.
  • Leak tests: We check each VPN for data leaks including DNS, WebRTC, and IPv6 leaks. This means that only the most secure Linux VPNs are recommended.
  • Streaming service unblocking: We’ve run more than 3,000 real-world tests to find out which VPNs work best with streaming services like Hulu, Netflix, and BBC iPlayer from abroad.
  • Customer support: We measure response times and subjectively gauge how well our questions are answered by support staff. We give extra points to VPNs that have 24/7 live chat support.
  • Value : We look at the subscription cost and what you get for your money when assessing a VPN for Linux. We also look at the money-back guarantee so that you can try a provider risk-free.
  • Apps and devices : As well as looking at whether or not there is a Linux app, we also look at other supported devices so that you can connect at home or on the go. We expect apps for other major platforms like Android, IOS, PC, and Mac.

All of our suggested VPNs meet our standards of quality for privacy and security. That means using up-to-date encryption and not logging any identifying information about users or their activity, among other requirements.

Read more about our methodology on the how we test VPNs page.

2023 Linux usage stats

  • As of 2023, there are approximately 32.8 million Linux users worldwide.
  • Linux is used by 2.68% of desktop PCs and laptops.
  • Linux has a market share of 2.76% compared to 14.55% for macOS and 70.39% for Windows.
  • In the web server domain, Linux is used by 38.0% of all websites whose operating system is known.
  • Among the top 1,000,000 websites, Linux is used by 46.1%.
  • Most popular Linux distributions: Ubuntu (32.8%), Debian (14.4%), and CentOS (10.8%).
  • All of the world’s 500 supercomputers run on Linux.
  • In the mobile and embedded systems market, 82% of smartphones and 62% of embedded systems run on Linux.
  • If ChromeOS (4.15% market share) is included in the Linux market share, the combined usage would be 7.23%, with ChromeOS making up 57.4% of the total.

Securing Linux

A VPN is a great step toward securing your Linux system, but you’ll need more than that for full protection. Like all operating systems, Linux has its vulnerabilities and hackers who want to exploit them. Here are a few more tools we recommend for Linux users:

  • Antivirus software
  • Anti-rootkit software
  • Security-focused browser extensions

You can learn about all of these tools, which ones to use, and how to install them in our Linux Security Guide . There you’ll also find tons of other tips and advice for securing Linux.

Why should I use a VPN for Linux?

A VPN has multiple uses and can be applied in many different scenarios.

At its core, a VPN is a tool designed for privacy. If you’re worried about someone monitoring what you do online, such as an internet service provider, hacker, or government agency, a VPN can help. A VPN achieves privacy in two key ways.

First, all of the data you send and receive over the internet is encrypted before it even leaves your device. So long as the encryption is strong–128-bit and 256-bit AES are both sufficient and common with modern VPNs–no one will be able to crack it. If, for example, your ISP wanted to record your browsing history, it would instead only see indecipherable text.

Second, using the same example, the ISP cannot see where a VPN user’s internet traffic is going to or coming from. It can only see that data is travelling between your computer and the VPN server. It cannot see the destination of your internet traffic and can therefore not monitor what websites, apps, and services you use. Websites that you visit won’t be able to track you so easily, as your IP address is hidden behind that of the VPN server, and IP addresses play a huge role in how advertising companies and other data gathering entities create user profiles.

An important distinction to make here is the difference between VPN logging policies. All of the VPN service providers we recommend in our list of the best VPNs for Linux do not keep traffic logs, meaning they do not monitor your activity while connected to the VPN. Many other VPNs log your activity in different ways and should generally be avoided; being tracked by your VPN is hardly better than not having a VPN at all.

Related: Best logless VPNs

Security and privacy often go hand in hand. A VPN can help secure your device by protecting it from online threats. Public wifi, for example, is a minefield for unprotected devices. Hackers can hijack unsecured wifi routers or create their own fake hotspots and wreak all sorts of havoc on any device that connects to them. An attacker could steal or modify any data sent over an unsecured network.

Even when you’re not on public wifi, a VPN can protect your device from several threats. By masking your IP address you can avoid many common attacks from hackers targeting you specifically. Many VPNs also come with built-in malware filtering which further protects your device.

Securely accessing your usual services abroad

Many websites, apps, and online services are restricted to residents of certain countries or regions. A popular use case for VPNs is regaining access to your usual services while traveling abroad. This includes streaming video sites like Hulu, BBC iPlayer, and Amazon Prime Video. It also applies to online banking and shopping sites by “spoofing” your location. The website in question only sees the location of the VPN server you chose to connect to and not your real location. You can even avoid blackout restrictions on live streaming sporting events.

Bear in mind that many streaming video providers are adverse to VPN use because of content licensing agreements that force them to only offer content within certain countries. As such, they often block connections from known VPN servers.

Bypassing censorship

Internet censorship stinks, whether you’re in an authoritarian country like China or an office building with an overzealous firewall. By routing your internet traffic around the firewall through a VPN server, you can evade such geo-restrictions and freely access the open internet. In all but a tiny fraction of countries, using a VPN is perfectly legal.

Be warned, however, that some countries block known VPN servers, so not all providers can bypass censorship measures. Be sure to check with the individual provider and ask if it can unblock censored sites from your country.

ISPs often frown upon torrenting, whether you’re downloading legally or illegally. An ISP might penalize your account by restricting bandwidth, for example. Furthermore, the BitTorrent network is rife with copyright trolls looking to make a quick buck by collecting IP addresses of downloaders and sending them threatening settlement letters through their ISP.

A VPN is an essential tool for torrenting. When connected to a VPN, your ISP cannot distinguish between different types of traffic, torrenting or otherwise. And because your IP address is masked by the VPN server’s IP address, copyright trolls cannot track you down. Just make sure to choose a VPN provider that doesn’t log your real IP address. You can cross reference the list above with our list of the best VPNs for torrenting to find the best fit for you.

Wireguard and Linux

Many VPNs have or are in the process of adopting Wireguard. Wireguard is a newer VPN protocol that promises competitive security and considerably more speed than rivals like OpenVPN and IKEv2. Indeed, we’ve seen huge speed increases on the VPNs that have switched over to Wireguard.

Although Wireguard is now cross-platform, it was originally released for the Linux kernel, which means you can manually configure it or use it from within an existing VPN app. Of the VPNs we recommend above, NordVPN and Surfshark both support Wireguard out of the box.

At time of writing, Wireguard works in Debian, Fedora, OpenSUSE, Red Hat, CentOS, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, and several other Linux distros.

See also: Best VPNs with Wireguard

A note on OpenVPN

Even if a VPN provider doesn’t make a dedicated native client for your Linux distro, almost all of them will provide configuration files that work with OpenVPN. All you need to do is download a config file for each server you want to connect to. This can get tedious if you like to have a lot of options, but it’s perfectly feasible.

OpenVPN is great, but the generic client isn’t as packed with features like DNS leak prevention and internet kill switches. Again, you can find scripts and packages that will take care of these for you, but we prefer the convenience of clients with all this stuff built in.

How to install and connect to OpenVPN on Linux Terminal

Here we’ll show you how to install the OpenVPN client on Ubuntu. Other distros, such as Mint and CentOS, should work similarly, but the commands might vary slightly.

  • Open a terminal
  • Type sudo apt-get install -y openvpn and hit Enter
  • Type your admin password and hit Enter
  • Type y and hit Enter to accept all dependencies and complete the installation.
  • Enter sudo apt-get install network-manager network-manager-openvpn network-manager-openvpn-gnome and hit Enter
  • Enter sudo apt-get install openvpn easy-rsa

Note that on newer versions of Ubuntu, you may need to swap out the “apt-get” part of the commands with “yum”.

Once OpenVPN is installed, you need config files. Usually you can download .ovpn config files from your VPN provider’s website. Each config file is associated with a particular server and location so grab a few of them for each location you want to connect to. Make sure to have backups in case a server goes down.

To connect via command line, which should work across most distros:

  • With OpenVPN installed, type sudo openvpn –config in the terminal and hit Enter
  • Drag and drop the .ovpn config file for the server you want to connect to into the terminal. The correct path will be automatically captured.
  • Hit Enter and wait for the “Initialization Sequence Completed” message. You are now connected to the VPN. You can minimize the terminal window, but closing it will disconnect you from the VPN.

This is just one way to connect. You can also try the Ubuntu Network Manager or the OpenVPN GUI. These may require CA certificates and/or private keys from your VPN, so make sure those are available from the provider’s website.

How to make a VPN kill switch in Linux

In the event that the VPN connection unexpectedly drops, the computer will continue to send and receive traffic sent over your ISP’s unprotected network, possibly without you even noticing. To prevent this behavior, you can make yourself a simple kill switch that halts all internet traffic until the VPN connection is restored. We’ll show you how to write some easy rules using iptables and the Ubuntu Ultimate Firewall (UFW) application.

First, create a script that puts firewall rules in place. These firewall rules only allow traffic over the VPN’s tun0 network interface, and they only allow traffic over that interface to go to your VPN’s server.

Network traffic cannot pass over any other network interface with these firewall rules in place. When your VPN drops, it removes the tun0 interface from your system so there is no allowed interface left for traffic to pass, and the internet connection dies.

When the VPN session ends, we need to remove the rules to allow normal network traffic over our actual network interfaces. The simplest method is to disable UFW altogether. If you have existing UFW rules running normally, then you’ll want to craft a more elegant tear down script instead. This one removes the firewall rules and then kills openvpn with a script called

If you use some other means to connect to your VPN, you can eliminate the last two lines of each script. In such a configuration, you will have to remember to manually run the script prior to starting your VPN using some other method. Once your VPN session ends, remembering to run the script isn’t hard; you’ll probably notice the lack of internet connectivity until you run it.

Which Linux distro is best for privacy?

If you’re concerned about privacy, switching from MacOS or Windows to any open-source Linux distro is already a step in the right direction. Apple and Microsoft both collect personal data from users on their respective operating systems. Both companies are known to cooperate with law enforcement and intelligence agencies like the NSA. Microsoft uses customers’ data to sell ads. Both OSes are closed source, meaning the public cannot peak at the source code to see where vulnerabilities or backdoors lie.

Linux, on the other hand, is open source and frequently audited by the security community. While Ubuntu once flirted with Amazon to monetize users, it and other distros are generally not out to make a buck by selling your data to third parties.

Not all Linux distros are created equally, however, and some are more secure than others. If you’re looking for a distro that functions as a day-to-day desktop replacement but is also built with privacy and online security in mind, we recommend Ubuntu Privacy Remix. UPR is a Debian-based Ubuntu build that stores all user data on encrypted removable media, such as an external hard drive. The “non-manipulatable” OS is supposedly immune to malware infection.

You’ll still need a VPN to encrypt your internet connection. Most of the apps from the VPN providers above should work fine on UPR.

If UPR isn’t enough and you want to use your computer with complete anonymity, we recommend TAILS. Short for The Amnesiac Incognito Live System, TAILS is a Linux distro built by the same people who created the Tor network. TAILS is a live OS designed to be installed on and run from a USB drive or CD. It’s a hardened version of Linux that routes all internet traffic through the Tor network. It leaves no trace of ever being used after removing it from the device.

Making your own VPN

If you don’t trust commercial VPN providers or you just prefer a DIY solution, you could always roll your own VPN. You’ll need to set up your own server. Common options are virtual private cloud services like Amazon Web Services and Digital Ocean. A variety of tools at your disposal that will assist you in getting a homegrown VPN up and running:

  • SoftEther VPN

Each has its own pros and cons in terms of protocol, security, features, and ease of use. We’ve got a great tutorial on how to set up OpenVPN with a Linux client and Amazon EC2 Linux instance.

But even though rolling your VPN gives you full control over almost every aspect of how the VPN operates, there are some drawbacks. First, it’s much more difficult than using pre-existing servers and pre-configured apps. Secondly, if you’re using a cloud service like AWS or Digital Ocean, your data still passes through the hands of a third party. Third, you only get a single server and location to connect to.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, rolling your own VPN likely means that only you and perhaps a handful of acquaintances will be using it. That makes it much easier to trace internet activity back to a specific person. The best VPNs for Linux that we recommend, on the other hand, typically assign users shared IP addresses. Dozens and even hundreds of users can be pooled together under a single IP, effectively anonymizing traffic as it leaves the VPN server.

VPN for Linux FAQ

Can i use a free vpn on linux.

Very few free VPN providers have support for Linux. Even those that do come with significant limitations. Because of this, we recommend taking advantage of a money-back guarantee from one of the VPNs listed above. All of them have Linux apps with guarantees up to 45 days.

How can I connect to a VPN using Linux Network Manager?

It depends on your VPN provider and the VPN protocol you want to use. Consult your VPN’s website documentation. You may be able to download OpenVPN configuration files straight from your provider’s website and import them into the Linux Network Manager. Once you have a config file or setup details ready:

  • Click the network button at the top right of the screen.
  • Click on  VPN off and choose  VPN settings from the drop down menu.
  • Click the  +  icon across from  VPN
  • Import your config file or choose the protocol that you want to configure and enter the details.
  • The VPN connection will now appear in the configuration window. Click the slider to turn it green and activate the VPN

How do I set up a L2TP VPN connection in Linux?

Make sure your VPN provider supports L2TP/IPSec. If it does, you should be able to get the necessary connection details, which probably include a shared secret on top of your username and password. You may need to install L2TP from the command line. You can then add a connection using the Linux Network Manager using the same steps as above.

How do I connect to a VPN automatically on Linux?

Most of the VPNs we recommend have dedicated Linux apps with an option to automatically connect in the settings. Depending on the app, you could set it to connect any time you’re on an unfamiliar or public network, for example.

If your VPN is manually configured, getting it to run automatically will depend on your protocol and whether you use a third-party VPN app.

Is using Linux the best way to download torrents and avoid viruses?

Most malware is made for Windows, so you have less of a chance of being infected by a virus on Linux. That being said, it’s still well worth it to take precautions on Linux, because there’s plenty of malware out there for you as well.

The most important thing is to do your best to only download trustworthy torrents . They should be linked from the official source. Failing that, choose torrents with plenty of good feedback and a lot of seeds.

A VPN will protect your privacy from any malicious actors on the BitTorrent network and prevent unsolicited requests to your device. Some VPNs, like CyberGhost, include built-in malware protection.

Will a VPN slow my connection down?

All VPNs will slow down your internet to some degree, but in most cases the difference is not noticeable. There are two main reasons for the decrease in speed.

First, The VPN app on your device has to encrypt outgoing data and decrypt incoming data, which takes time and resources. The resulting delay is more noticeable on devices with less powerful hardware.

Second, your internet data must pass through the VPN server. Both incoming and outgoing data are routed through the VPN server, which is in a different physical location, adding an extra “hop” to the connection. Routing through a proxy is not as fast in most cases as a direct connection. You can minimize the resulting delay by choosing a VPN server located near you.

Does Linux have a built-in VPN?

No. Although most Linux distros have compatibility with VPN tunneling protocols like L2TP/IPsec, OpenVPN, and WireGuard , you will still need a VPN subscription. VPN providers allow you to make use of Linux’s VPN support by providing you with remote servers to connect to. The VPNs in this guide also have apps and setup guides for Linux, to allow you to install the VPN and begin using it to gain privacy and added accessibility.

Which VPN should I use for a Linux system in China?

If you are in China, you will need a VPN that can bypass the country’s strict firewall. Unfortunately, very few VPNs work in China, and some that do, have had their website blocked. This can make it hard to subscribe from inside of China itself. Luckily, there are a few VPNs that provide functioning obfuscation to allow you to establish a connection and bypass the great firewall of China.

To find out more about which VPNs work in China , you can access our guide in the link. If you are looking for a fast answer, we recommend that you opt for NordVPN. We consider Nord the best VPN for Linux and the best VPN for internet users in China because of its wealth of features, fast connections, and excellent obfuscation tech.

What can my ISP see if I don't use a Linux VPN?

If you don’t use a Linux VPN, your ISP can see everything you do online. This includes your browsing history and the amount of time you spend on each website. Your ISP can also see which device you’re using and your approximate location. However, a VPN for Linux routes your data through an encrypted tunnel, preventing your ISP from seeing your online activity.

Is WireGuard a good option for Linux users?

Yes. WireGuard is a new, fast, secure, and simple VPN software that uses state-of-the-art cryptography. It’s been designed from the ground up to be modern and to take advantage of the latest security features available in Linux.

WireGuard is still in development, but it’s already considered very stable and it has a growing user base. It’s an excellent choice for Linux users who are looking for a fast, secure, and simple VPN solution.

What VPN encryption should I use for Linux?

There are a number of different VPN encryption protocols you can use with Linux, but AES-256 bit encryption with HMAC SHA256 hash authentication is considered to be the most secure. This combination provides both data confidentiality and message authentication, and it’s virtually impossible to crack.

Which VPN is best for Ubuntu?

All of the best VPNs for Linux listed in this post work on Ubuntu! So you need only refer to the above list in order to find that NordVPN is the best VPN for Ubuntu . It offers a command-line Linux app with plenty of features including split tunneling and kill switch . Furthermore, NordVPN provides step-by-step instructions on how to install a VPN on Linux. You can use NordVPN on all major Linux distros including the likes of Ubuntu, Debian, and Fedora.

Why do so few VPNs have apps for Linux?

There are far fewer people who use Linux compared to those using operating systems such as Windows or MacOS. As such, it’s only normal that there are fewer VPNs offering Linux apps. The good news is that this is changing. An increasing number of popular VPNs are launching Linux apps . Some of these are only command-line (CLI) apps but there are now some Graphical User Interface (GUI) apps which are more user-friendly.

Which VPN protocol is best on Linux?

If you’re a Linux user looking for a VPN protocol , choosing the right one can be overwhelming. But don’t worry, we’re here to help! Here are three popular options to consider:

  • OpenVPN : This protocol is well-known for its robust security features and compatibility with many platforms. It also performs well with UDP and TCP connections.
  • WireGuard : If you’re looking for something newer, WireGuard is an excellent option. It’s known for its simplicity, speed, and security. Plus, it requires minimal configuration.
  • IKEv2/IPsec : This protocol is a reliable and stable choice with strong security features. It’s great for users who frequently switch between networks or devices.

Remember, the best protocol for you depends on your specific needs. Consider things like security, performance, and ease of use. And make sure to choose a VPN provider that supports your preferred protocol and is compatible with your Linux distribution. Finally, pay attention to encryption strength, speed, and community support for your chosen protocol.

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I tried to use Proton VPN. I’m not technically smart enough to understand what went wrong. It had something to do with “pvpn-ipv6leak-protection”. Their tech support was unable to help. I had to uninstall it. I was using the graphic interface to start the VPN. Tech support said to try the manual OpenVPN/Wireguard connection method instead. It might have worked. I might try again sometime.

How can you recommend PIA? It is CIA, in fact. Check the owners ha ha, London Media Trust based in US? Looool

Seriously doubt it.

I was using Express VPN for a few months and it was indeed awesome. Very fast and secure.

I have used AceVpn for Linux. They provide good service. I use free and paid both versions.

I built my own VPN servers on cloud service providers based in Europe and elsewhere outside the US and I route my traffic through them. After the initial testing I turned off all logging.

At this point in time, PIA’s so-called “plug and play native client” does not work on Ubuntu 17.04. And their support is TERRIBLE. It took them three weeks to respond to my last service problem. Three weeks even to acknowledge that I’d contacted them.

Drag the config file into the terminal window BEFORE pressing enter. If you press enter BEFORE dragging the config file to the window, as suggested, you’ll get an error from the partially completed command.

great article, hope everyone in linux land sees this, esp since the new world order is hellbent on sending all info to corporate hq world wide. =/

the use of nordvpn is also very simple and really good – looking for a gui frotnend to make it a little comfortable and faster … regards

Thanks for the list. From my experience PIA does not work with Linux Mint. I have tried it and gone back and forth with support for weeks and gave up. I am now looking for another client that actually supports Linux.

For AIRVPN.ORG I use this way :

install if needed stunnel (apt-get install stunnel)

rename : AirVPN_example_name_SSL-443.ovpn to airvpn.conf AirVPN_example_name_SSL-443.ssl to stunnel.conf

airvpn.conf to /etc/openvpn stunnel.conf to /etc/stunnel stunnel.crt to /etc/stunnel

/etc/default/openvpn and add the line #AUTOSTART=”home office” to AUTOSTART=”airvpn” and remove the #

/etc/stunnel/stunnel.conf and change the line CAfile = stunnel.crt to CAfile = /etc/stunnel/stunnel.crt

/etc/default/stunnel4 and change the line ENABLED=0 to ENABLED=1 (to enable stunnel automatic startup)

Then reboot and everything is working.


Linux ubuntu will not allow you to install via command line, you must 1st download from the linux software (aka we will share your data anyway) center

Bulltwinkie? I’ve NEVER had a problem installing anything from an Ubuntu command line. Learn to use your Linux!

What annoys me is that I have Expressvpn which is not the cheapest and works well on android but will not work on Linux Mint 18. Why should I have to pay for a second VPN which will work on linux

You can just use it manually by installing the OpenVPN package for Linux and downloading the server config files.

CyberGost isn’t free for Linux. There is a free version for Windows but you have to have a paid account to use it with Linux.

where’s the free ones?

We recommend paid VPNs, but we have a separate list of free ones here:

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  • Visit the CyberGhost VPN Subscription Page: Begin by accessing the CyberGhost VPN subscription page. This link also contains valuable information about configuring and using CyberGhost VPN on various Linux distributions.
  • Choose Your Preferred Plan: Click the “Get CyberGhost VPN” button on the page and select the plan that best suits your needs. Whether it’s a monthly, yearly, or special offer, CyberGhost provides flexibility.
  • Submit Required Details: Complete the purchase by entering the necessary details. This typically includes your email address, payment information, and any other relevant information requested by CyberGhost.
  • Access Your Account: After completing the purchase, navigate to the official CyberGhost VPN page. Look for “My Account” in the top right corner.
  • Login with Confirmation Email Credentials: Log in using the credentials received through the confirmation email. This step ensures the security of your account.

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Furthermore, you can also protect yourself, if you encounter a sudden network hiccup while working on sensitive data on your Linux, the CyberGhost Kill Switch  swiftly activates, maintaining an airtight shield of confidentiality.

Configure CyberGhost on Linux

  • Download CyberGhost VPN for Linux: Start by clicking on ‘Download Hub’ and select “Configure” next to “CyberGhost VPN for Linux.”
  • Choose Server Distribution: After selecting “Configure,” ensure that the Server Distribution matches your Linux distribution.
  • Download CLI Configuration File: Click “Download App,” and the Linux CLI configuration file (zipped) will be automatically downloaded to your “Downloads” folder.
  • Unzip Configuration Folder: Unzip the contents of the downloaded folder. Use the “Extract Here” option to obtain the CyberGhost VPN configuration folder.
  • Rename the Folder: Rename the extracted folder to “cyberghost” (for this tutorial). Right-click on the folder’s name and select “Rename.”
  • Open Terminal in the Folder: Open a Terminal window in the “CyberGhost” folder by right-clicking on the folder’s name and selecting “Open in Terminal.”
  • Run Installation Script: In the Terminal, type “sudo bash install. sh” (without quotes), press Enter, and confirm sudo access with your password.
  • Enter CyberGhost Credentials: During installation, provide your CyberGhost username and password when prompted. Once installation completes, type ‘sudo cyberghostvpn’ to see available commands.

By following these steps and referencing the provided images, you can easily configure and install CyberGhost VPN on Linux.

Looking for how to install CyberGhost on Ubuntu ? Follow these steps:

  • Download the CyberGhost VPN CLI app.
  • Execute the provided commands in the Terminal for a smooth installation on your Ubuntu system.

How to select a country server with CyberGhost on Linux?

Navigating CyberGhost on Linux is a breeze when it comes to selecting your preferred country server. Here’s a quick guide to help you seamlessly connect:

  • Quick Connection
  • Connect to a Country
  • Connect to a Single Server

1. Quick connection

  • Launch a Terminal window on your Linux system.
  • Type the following command to quickly connect to a specific country (e.g., United States): sudo cyberghostvpn –traffic –country-code US –connect
  • Press Enter to initiate the connection to one of CyberGhost’s United States servers. For a different country, like Germany, use the same command with the country code changed (e.g., DE for Germany): sudo cyberghostvpn –traffic –country-code DE –connect
  • Anytime you want to explore available commands, simply type the following in the Terminal and press Enter: cyberghostvpn
  • This will display a list of available commands for further customization.

Note: Keep in mind that CyberGhost offers a broad range of country codes for various server locations. Feel free to replace the country codes (US, DE) with the code corresponding to your desired location.

2. Connect to a country

Connecting to a specific country server with CyberGhost on Linux command line is a straightforward process. Follow these steps:

  • With CyberGhost installed on your Linux system, open a Terminal window.
  • Obtain a list of all available servers and their respective country codes by entering the following command: cyberghostvpn –traffic –country-code
  • Press Enter and a list of countries and their codes will be presented.
  • To connect to a specific country, use the following command (replace “DE” with the desired country code, e.g., Germany): sudo cyberghostvpn –traffic –country-code DE –connect
  • Press Enter and CyberGhost will display a ‘VPN connection established’ message upon successful connection.
  • To confirm your VPN connection, enter the following command: cyberghostvpn –status

By following these steps, you can easily connect to a specific country server using CyberGhost on Linux ubuntu.

3. Connect to a single server

Connecting to a specific server within a city using CyberGhost on Linux centos 7 is a precise and customizable process. Follow these steps:

  • Begin by opening a Terminal window on your Linux system.
  • To see all available US server locations (cities), enter the following command: sudo cyberghostvpn –traffic –country-code US
  • Once you’ve identified a city, fetch a list of servers available in that city by entering the command: s udo cyberghostvpn –traffic – -country-code US –city “New York”
  • To connect to a particular server (e.g., ‘newyork-s433-i01’), use the following command: sudo cyberghostvpn –traffic –country-code US –city “New York” –server newyork-s433-i01

By following these steps, you can seamlessly connect to a single server within a chosen city using CyberGhost on Linux.

How to Stream with CyberGhost on Linux?

Use CyberGhost on Linux centos 7 to enjoy uninterrupted streaming. Take these actions, supported by visually clear instructions:

  • Open a Terminal window on your Linux device to get started.
  • Fetch the list of supported ‘Streaming Services’ and their associated countries. Use the following command: cyberghostvpn –streaming –country-code
  • Once you’ve decided on a streaming service (e.g., Netflix US), use the following command: sudo cyberghostvpn –streaming ‘Netflix US’ –country-code US –connect
  • Ensure you use quotes when typing the service name with spaces (e.g., ‘Netflix US’).
  • If you want to filter all available streaming services in a specific country (e.g., France), use the command: cyberghostvpn –streaming –country-code FR
  • Connect to the desired service using a similar command structure.
  • CyberGhost on Linux Ubuntu allows you to stream content with ease if you follow these procedures.

How to Torrent With CyberGhost on Linux?

Enjoy secure and anonymous torrenting on Linux with CyberGhost. Follow these steps:

  • Start by opening a Terminal window on your Linux system.
  • To identify countries supporting P2P file sharing, enter the following CyberGhost Linux commands: cyberghostvpn –torrent –country-code
  • Once you have the list of countries, choose a country that supports P2P (e.g., Poland – PL) and use the CyberGhost Linux commands: sudo cyberghostvpn –torrent –country-code PL –connect
  • Replace ‘PL’ with your desired country code.
  • After confirming your VPN connection, start your preferred torrent client and begin downloading or uploading securely. You may use CyberGhost on Linux to torrent with confidence if you follow these instructions.

Note: Not all countries or servers support P2P due to regional laws and policies.

How can I use WireGuard® in the CyberGhost on Linux?

Experience enhanced security and performance with WireGuard® in CyberGhost on Linux. Follow these steps along with the provided commands:

  • Begin by installing the CyberGhost VPN CLI app for Linux.
  • To connect using WireGuard® with different services, use the following commands:
  • For Traffic (Example – US Traffic Server): sudo cyberghostvpn –traffic –country-code US –wireguard –connect
  • For Streaming (Example – US Netflix Server): sudo cyberghostvpn –streaming ‘Netflix US’ –country-code US –wireguard –connect
  • For Torrenting (Example – US Torrenting Server): sudo cyberghostvpn –torrent –country-code US –wireguard –connect

Use these commands based on your specific use case to leverage the benefits of WireGuard® in CyberGhost on Linux. By following these steps and referencing the provided commands, you can utilize WireGuard® for enhanced security and performance in CyberGhost on Linux.

FAQs – CyberGhost on Linux

Does cyberghost work on linux.

Yes, CyberGhost VPN is fully compatible with Linux, offering a dedicated VPN client for the platform. With a user-friendly interface and a fleet of lightning-fast servers, CyberGhost ensures a seamless and secure online experience for Linux users. Explore the world of online privacy and security effortlessly on Linux with CyberGhost VPN.

Can I use CyberGhost VPN in Linux?

Yes, CyberGhost VPN provides a dedicated CLI (Command Line Interface) application for Linux, empowering users to enjoy secure and private internet access on their Linux systems. The CLI application offers a comprehensive list of commands, ensuring a seamless and customizable VPN experience tailored to Linux users’ preferences and requirements.

What are the disadvantages of CyberGhost on Linux?

One notable disadvantage of CyberGhost VPN on Linux is the absence of a dedicated GUI app for the platform. While CyberGhost offers a CLI application, users looking for a more visually intuitive experience might find this limitation less user-friendly compared to GUI options available on other platforms.

In conclusion, CyberGhost VPN’s CLI tool allows for a smooth integration with Linux, guaranteeing users strong online security and privacy. A wide range of functions are available through the CLI commands, such as choices for torrenting, streaming, and using the WireGuard® protocol.

Lightning-fast servers are provided by CyberGhost on Linux , improving total performance. For those looking for powerful VPN features on their Linux computers, CyberGhost is a dependable option since, even without a graphical user interface (GUI), the CLI commands offer a great deal of flexibility.

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What is command line to install Cyberghost in Ubuntu?

The version of my Ubuntu is 20.04 LTS. I intend to install a free VPN, and it seems that CyberGhost is one of the free and good VPNs. May you please guide me about the command line in terminal?

  • command-line

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I have been using CyberGhost since May 2021. I am on a 3 year subscription. BEWARE that cyberghost does not work on Ubuntu versions above 20.04. I have written to the technical department and the reply was "Please don't worry since our developers are still improving our application for the Linux Operating system, and a possible app that will be compatible with all versions of Linux, might be released soon. Although, we can't provide an exact time frame when it will be released or implemented" I received this reply a year ago, and again when I enquired recently, and was given exactly the same answer.

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  • 1 How does this answer the question? OP has a supported Ubuntu release. –  Pilot6 Apr 30, 2022 at 11:40
  • This does not provide an answer to the question. Once you have sufficient reputation you will be able to comment on any post ; instead, provide answers that don't require clarification from the asker . - From Review –  Marc Vanhoomissen May 5, 2022 at 14:20

I just edited the and changed one of the version checks to 22.04 and 2.35. It seems to be working fine. You can check your glibc version by typing ldd --version

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use the official installation manual:

go into "My devices" and "Configure New Device"

Select your OS and download the installer

extract the zip file

go into Terminal and cd to the folder that was extracted from the zip

once you are in the directory with the install file do:

answer the questions from the istaller until istallation is complete

see the options for starting the vpn with:

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How I make Cyberghostvpn to work in Ubuntu 22.04.

Install Ubuntu 20.04,Install Cyberghostvpn and configure it and then upgrade Ubuntu 20.04 to Ubuntu 22.04 from Softwareupdater.

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joethelion commented on 2023-12-09 15:19 (UTC)

Thanks! All works well. Cyberghost passwords with $ are not accepted, it appears.

moormaster commented on 2023-12-04 19:07 (UTC)

This works for me:

Your console looks like you have killed the sudo cyberghostvpn --setup process when it was asking you if it should overwrite the (empty) config.ini. Pressing 'Y' and hitting enter should have gotten you to the next question of the setup. What exactly did not work for you?

MaoTse-Tung commented on 2023-12-04 08:05 (UTC) (edited on 2023-12-04 09:43 (UTC) by MaoTse-Tung )

Package built for me, I'm using Endeavour as my fist experience with an Arch distro. While it did build, seems that it may have skilled the where I am assuming that the configuration .ini was populated

Not extremely annoying to fix.

CLI is pulling endpoints, I haven't set a connection yet though.

i am now in Uruguay. Great success.

moormaster commented on 2023-12-01 18:34 (UTC)

Package builds again.

Its still impossible to estabilish wireguard with linux client of cyberghostvpn since the wireguard servers only provide a self signed certificate which still is not accepted by the http client library in the python script.

moormaster commented on 2023-12-01 10:48 (UTC)

Last regular check happened on 29.11. The maintainer will look after this as soon has is working life leaves room for it.

norse commented on 2023-12-01 10:16 (UTC)

7504245f5d63b74a1e8a4dd34ff1c2a4eece363bfd423abc8286951455c4fd4 /home/x/.cache/yay/cyberghostvpn/src/cg-dialup-net.pem /home/x/.cache/yay/cyberghostvpn/src/cg-dialup-net.pem: FAILED sha256sum: WARNING: 1 computed checksum did NOT match

Is it too much to expect that the package maintainer regularly checks for such problems?

moormaster commented on 2023-10-11 15:29 (UTC) (edited on 2023-10-12 19:22 (UTC) by moormaster )

The cyberghost linux client does not seem to be usable at all anymore since the dns entries for the servers it tries to connect to have vanished. (i.e.

If I take a look into wireshark while trying to connect to a VPN only the linux client tries to connect using a domain name - the windows client seems to directly connect to the desired vpn server ip and succeeds to do so. So currently we must wait for cyberghostvpn to release an update for their linux client to make this work under linux again.

Update: According to cyberghost this issue has already been escalated to the developers.

Update: The dns entries for the cyberghostvpn hosts seems to be fixed again - connecting to openvpn hosts is possible again. Wireguard hosts still do not work due to the outdated ssl certificate on the hosts.

zealucard commented on 2023-10-04 23:56 (UTC)

Ok, thanks for the explanation, I understand now.

moormaster commented on 2023-09-30 14:05 (UTC)

The SSL certificate on their wireguard servers is out of date. This does not have anything to do with the client software or the client operating system used.

zealucard commented on 2023-09-30 13:09 (UTC)

wHas anyone found a workaround? I do not have the Windows or macos version. Maybe it is possible to get ssl certificate from these versions?

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If you're on the lookout for a VPN that will unblock region-restricted content and protect your data without costing the earth, CyberGhost could tick a lot of boxes for you. It has an impressive fleet of over 9,200 servers across 91 countries, including some specialty servers optimized for specific streaming services. So whether you want to unblock BBC iPlayer, Hulu, ESPN+, and more, CyberGhost will have servers that should work seamlessly.

On top of this, CyberGhost has plenty of sophisticated security features to keep your data safe, including a kill switch, DNS leak protection, and military-grade encryption. It also imposes a strict no-logs policy that's been independently audited. So it doesn't keep any records of your traffic.

Better yet, it has 24/7 live chat customer support and seven simultaneous connections as standard. This represents genuinely good value for money, particularly when you consider that CyberGhost's prices start from just $2.03 a month with the current promotion. 

But, while CyberGhost looks good on paper, is it as secure and reliable as it sounds? We've put it to the test in our hands-on CyberGhost VPN review to help you decide if this is the right VPN to suit your needs. Let's get started.

Installation and Setup

Getting CyberGhost up and running on my machine was quick and painless. I use a Mac, and it downloaded and installed in under a minute. Once I'd signed up for an account, I was given a list of operating systems to download and install the CyberGhost app. However, it's worth noting that there are fewer features for MacOS and iOS. So, while it didn't take me long to download, the Android version is far superior.

As soon as I launched it for the first time, I had to agree to the terms and conditions and re-enter my email address and password. Once I'd done this, it immediately gave me the option to connect to a VPN in a popular destination. For me, the locations that came up were France, Germany, the UK, and the US. Once I selected a server, it connected to it within a few seconds, and I was all set. 

If I wanted to connect to a server in a different location, I clicked on Add New Favorite and was presented with the full list of countries to choose from. The layout is clean and intuitive, with an easy way to save servers as favorites so you can connect to them as soon as you log in. 

Overall, I found the experience extremely fast, efficient, and user-friendly.

Despite its wallet-friendly prices, CyberGhost is packed with sophisticated features to protect your data and enhance your overall experience. However, as mentioned above, there are fewer features on Apple devices, including no automatic kill switch, ad and malware site blocking on iPhones, and DNS leak protection. This can make for a more basic experience if you're on a Mac, iPhone, or iPad.

One of the first things you'll notice when logging into CyberGhost is its specialty servers for specific streaming services. As you scroll through server options, you'll notice that some have been optimized for platforms such as BBC iPlayer, Netflix, 9Now, and Hulu.

When testing these out, they did provide a slightly smoother streaming experience for the services mentioned. I could access the content seamlessly and log in without any error messages. I could also stream on these platforms without having to deal with buffering.

CyberGhost displays a percentage for each server to indicate the server load at the time. The lower the percentage, the faster your speeds should be. This is helpful information when choosing which server to connect to, as you can avoid ones with a high percentage.

In addition, CyberGhost offers industry-standard AES 256 encryption to ensure your data is impossible to hack. And it comes with the WireGuard, IKEv2, OpenVPN protocols, and robust DNS leak protection. 

The Android version of the app has a rudimentary split tunneling feature that enables you to choose apps you want to exclude from your VPN connection. As with other popular VPN apps, this isn't available on Apple devices, but, oddly, CyberGhost hasn't enabled it for Windows. There's no option to split tunnel individual websites either. Of all the big VPNs, not many do, in all honesty, but if you really need it, you can get it with Surfshark .

Elsewhere, you'll get access to a half-decent ad blocker and the option to purchase a dedicated IP address. This means that you have an IP address that's unique to you. It's an ideal solution if you need a consistent IP address for reliable streaming or seeding torrent files, although you do have to pay a few extra dollars a month for the privilege.

CyberGhost also has NoSpy servers that it manages, meaning there is no third party that can access them. These servers give users more advanced security, extended bandwidth, and faster speeds. They even support P2P connections, meaning you can torrent without worrying that anyone will be able to see what you're doing.

Server Locations

You'd be hard-pressed to find a VPN with more servers than CyberGhost, which boasts a huge fleet of 9,200 servers across 91 countries. However, a few VPNs offer servers across a broader range of countries, with providers like Surfshark and ExpressVPN each covering over 100 countries.

That being said, while most of its servers are in popular destinations, such as the UK, Germany, and the US, it still offers a wide choice across locations that VPN providers don't always cover. So, if you want a solution with a strong offering across Africa, South America, and Hong Kong, CyberGhost has the edge over many other VPNs. It also includes virtual servers in regions with very restrictive internet privacy policies, such as China, Turkey, and Russia.

But, of course, it's not all about the quantity of servers. They need to be high-quality, too. And CyberGhost's fleet is made up of encrypted, RAM-only servers, so your data will never end up being stored on a physical hard drive. This will prevent a hacker from being able to access your sensitive information.

Performance and Speed

As we mentioned above, CyberGhost uses the well-known WireGuard protocol to ensure fast and reliable speeds without lag. And this was definitely backed up when I tried it out.

I performed several speed tests during peak times. And when I connected to a server, it barely affected the speeds I got. Before connecting to CyberGhost, my download speed was 218 Mbps. And when I connected to a busy CyberGhost server in mainland China, the speeds dropped to 211 Mbps. This is only a tiny decrease that didn't slow down my browsing, streaming, or gaming experience in any way. 

Having said that, I did experience some connectivity issues and the odd error message while I was connected, which was pretty frustrating. This suggests there may be a few issues with how CyberGhost has implemented the WireGuard protocol. However, if this were to be improved, CyberGhost's speed and performance would be among the best I've tested.

Pricing and Plans

With prices starting from as little as $2.03 a month, CyberGhost is one of the cheapest VPNs around and comes highly recommended in our best VPN deals guide. Unlike many other providers, CyberGhost offers one premium package to all its users, rather than a basic plan and a more expensive version with additional security features.

The only difference in price plans is how long you sign up for. A one-month rolling contract will cost you $12.99 a month, or you could get it for $6.99 a month if you sign up for a six-month plan. But if you're willing to commit to CyberGhost for two years, the price drops to just $2.03 a month , with some additional months thrown in for free. So this works out at brilliant value for money, provided you're willing to sign up for a lengthy contract.

With the two longer-term plans, you get a free 45-day money-back guarantee and a free 14-day money-back guarantee with the one-month plan. So you can test it to see if it's right for you before committing.

Considering that CyberGhost is a safe option that doesn't skimp on security, the two-year subscription has an impressively low price tag. And because you get seven simultaneous connections, you can use it across multiple devices without paying extra.

You can pay for CyberGhost using cryptocurrencies, as well as PayPal, Amazon Pay, or your credit card, giving you plenty of secure payment options.

Privacy and Security

CyberGhost is based in Romania, a member of the European Union. However, despite this, it's a pretty privacy-friendly country. For one thing, Romania isn't part of the Fourteen Eyes intelligence-sharing group. And it declared the data retention laws the EU recommended unconstitutional. So, it's committed to protecting the privacy of internet users in its jurisdiction.

Speaking of which, CyberGhost operates under an independently audited zero-logs policy. This means that it doesn't store any connection logs or traffic data. Deloitte independently audited this in September 2022, and CyberGhost was shown to be as good as its word. The audit proved that CyberGhost wasn't storing any data.

Customer Support

CyberGhost has a range of helpful customer service options if you run into any issues. First, its website has an intuitive FAQ section to help you resolve common queries. This includes extensive tutorials, guides, and how-tos ideal for first-time VPN users.

And if this doesn't help, CyberGhost has a 24/7 live chat option available to all its customers. When testing this out, I received a prompt and genuinely helpful response that resolved my problem in a matter of minutes.

However, if the problem is too complex to be resolved over live chat, the CyberGhost customer support team will create a ticket for your issue, and they will get back to you via email.

Unfortunately, CyberGhost doesn't have a phone line. However, at this price point, that's probably expecting too much. And the live chat function and ticketing system work well. So there's plenty of helpful support available if you need it.

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This two-year plan from CyberGhost is super affordable as it works out at $2.03 per month. On top of that, it also throws in an additional four months free of charge. You might not recognize the name as much as the other brands, but in our recent testing, we found it to be seriously secure, and the app design is basic but clean. We particularly like how it suggests ideal servers for specific streaming services, increasing the likelihood of a smooth connection. The 45-day money-back guarantee is longer than other providers too.

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TechRadar Verdict

CyberGhost is a capable VPN service with a powerful Windows client, packed with features yet still user-friendly. It has some issues (the support site needs work and the device limits can be a hassle) but CyberGhost scores in all the main areas, with decent WireGuard performance, great Netflix-unblocking results, plus fast and helpful live chat support.

Audited 'no logs policy

Decent WireGuard and OpenVPN speeds

Unblocks US Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Amazon Prime

Effective tracker blocking

Loads of features

Large network

Speedy live chat support

45-day money-back guarantee

Doesn't unblock Disney Plus

License management hassles if you need to protect more than five devices

Assorted small Windows app issues

Support site isn't the best

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CyberGhost is a Romanian and German-based privacy giant that provides comprehensive VPN services for 38 million users.

The service offers around 9,200 servers in 125 locations across 100 countries following its recent network boost . That's far more servers than most, although  ExpressVPN  claims 160+ locations, and  HideMyAss  has over 290.

CyberGhost is getting faster, too, with the company rolling out 10 Gbps servers in more than 30 countries (and more on the way). Most servers are torrent-friendly, and you can get connected immediately with apps for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and more.

You'll also be able to connect up to seven devices simultaneously. That sounds like a great deal (even the ExpressVPN only supports five), but there's a catch: these must be specific devices. Connect from a phone, a games console, or a smart TV, just once, and that's one of your slots used up. Run out of slots, and the next time you connect, you'll be asked to log out of one of the other devices (even if it's not currently connected). This can get annoying quickly, especially if you have a lot of devices to protect.

Elsewhere, a web knowledgebase is available if needed, while chat and email support is on hand to help you through any particularly tricky situations.

Optional extras include dedicated IPs. Sign up for this for an extra $5 billed monthly ($4 on the annual plan) and you'll get the same IP address, unique to you, every time you log on to the service. 

Dedicated IPs allow you to access IP-restricted networks, which is handy if you need to join a business system while connected to the VPN. They also reduce the chance that you'll be blocked by streaming platforms, as they haven't had their reputation trashed by other people's bad behavior.

The catch? Dedicated IPs let other sites recognize you, because you'll have the same IP address every time you visit. Fortunately, CyberGhost enables switching between dedicated and dynamic IPs as required, so you can easily use a dedicated IP where necessary and dynamic for everything else (more on that later).

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CyberGhost VPN pricing plans

Signing up for CyberGhost VPN's monthly account costs $12.99 a month, which is at the high end of the industry-standard $10-$13.

As usual, extending your subscription saves money. A lot of money. Sign up for two years and you'll pay just $2.11 for the first term. It renews as a not-so-impressive $4.75 annual plan , but we're not complaining: $2.11 a month is one of the best introductory deals you'll see anywhere. 

Upgrading to CyberGhost Security Suite adds antivirus and a Security Updater to check for missing software patches. It's priced from an extra $4.50 a month billed monthly, to $1 on the two-year plan . That's not a lot, but then it's a relatively basic suite. If your security is a top priority, keep in mind that Avira, Avast, Bitdefender, Kaspersky, Norton and more all now have full-featured security suites with simple VPNs included.

Whatever deal you choose, you're able to pay by Bitcoin, as well as PayPal, credit card, Google Pay, and Amazon Pay (beware, though, as your options might vary depending on location).

There's even a free trial. It's short, though, at just 24 hours for the desktop build (7 days on mobile devices) so only start it when you're very sure that you'll have the free time to run whatever tests you need.

If you sign up and then find the service doesn't work for you, there's more good news: the company has a lengthy 45-day money-back guarantee (14 days for monthly-billed plans), one of the most generous deals around.

CyberGhost's website proudly boasts of a 'strict no logs policy' on its front page, and the service privacy policy backs this up with some very clear statements: 

"When using the CyberGhost VPN, we have no idea about your traffic data such as browsing history, traffic destination, data content, and search preferences. These are NOT monitored, recorded, logged or stored by us.

"More than this, when using the CyberGhost VPN, we are NOT storing connection logs, meaning that we DON'T have any logs tied to your IP address, connection timestamp or session duration."

Sounds good, but you don't have to take the company's word for it. In September 2022 CyberGhost announced that Deloitte had carried out an independent audit of its "No Logs policy and its implementation, plus our change management, configuration management, incident management, and dedicated IP token-based systems."

The results were very positive, with Deloitte saying CyberGhost's server setup and management are entirely consistent with its no-logging claims. Deloitte doesn't allow excerpts to be shared generally, so we can't give you any quotes, but if you're interested, you can ask Deloitte to send you a copy. CyberGhost's blog post on the audit has the details.

CyberGhost took another major step towards transparency in November 2022, when it announced a new bug bounty program . This pays up to $1,250 for experts who find and report any vulnerabilities in the service.

Within months, one researcher uncovered a significant local vulnerability in the Windows app which could have been explored by malware—a great catch.

Although that's bad news in one way, it also shows the value of bug bounty programs: the vulnerability was found by an ethical researcher, reported to CyberGhost, and fixed right away. We've no doubt many VPN apps have similarly severe issues that have never been spotted because no one takes the time to explore exactly how they work.

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Privacy policies and audit reports are useful, but we also like to run practical tests of our own.

To kick off, I used and related sites to check desktop and mobile apps for DNS and privacy leaks. The good news is that my identity and web traffic were always shielded.

CyberGhost says its apps have the ability to block domains used for ads, trackers, and malware—but is this really useful? To find out, I turned on the feature and tried to access 156 common trackers. The app blocked an excellent 149, right up at the top of the charts with Windscribe (147) and Private Internet Access (149.)

Other results were more mid-range, with CyberGhost protecting me from 55% of a set of 412 brand-new malicious URLs, and 79% of unwanted ads. That's certainly enough to be useful, and I'd always recommend you run any VPN alongside a specialist antivirus or security suite to maximize your protection.

CyberGhost VPN performance

I measured CyberGhost speeds from US and UK locations with 1 Gbps connections, using several performance testing services (SpeedTest's website and command line app, Cloudflare, Measurement Lab, and more). I checked the download speeds at least five times from each site, then checked again using another protocol, before repeating this all over again in an evening session.

WireGuard speeds were acceptable at 630 Mbps. Some VPNs are faster still—IPVanish, NordVPN, and Surfshark all beat 950 Mbps in recent testing—but CyberGhost delivers all the speed you need for almost any real-world situation.

If you're setting up CyberGhost on a router, you might want to use the OpenVPN protocol, so we test its performance, too. The results were excellent, with speeds peaking at 360 Mbps, two to three times what I’ve seen from some premium providers.

CyberGhost uses a number of virtual locations: servers that appear to be in (and return IP addresses for) one country, but are physically located in another. That can affect performance, if, say, you connect to a server that you think is in a country only 100 miles away, but it's actually on the other side of the world. That's why we check each provider to get a feel for how many virtual locations it uses, and where they're really located.

CyberGhost doesn't try to hide its use of virtual locations. Browse the official server list and check the final 'Located' column: a green tick means the servers are hosted in the named country, no tick means they're not.

The company doesn't tell you where its virtual locations are really located, however, so I ran some tests to find out. The results suggested that the Pakistan and India servers are in Singapore, the Mongolian servers are in Japan, and when you connect to Nigeria, you're actually being routed to Madrid. (Don't worry: connect to India, say, and you still get an Indian IP address, even if the server is in Singapore, so websites should still work as you expect).

Although there are some lengthy hops here, they show CyberGhost is making a real effort to use virtual locations that are in the general area of the named countries, and that earns them a thumbs up from me.

Netflix and global stream unblocking

Some VPNs really make you work to unblock streaming sites. If you're looking to access US Netflix, for instance, you might have to try each of the US locations in turn before you find one that gets you in.

CyberGhost doesn't waste your time with any of these shenanigans. Its app location lists have a Streaming tab with specialist servers for Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney Plus, HBO Max, and more.

North American and European customers get the best coverage, but my app also listed servers in Australia, Brazil, India, Japan, Korea, and Singapore. These cover both the top platforms and smaller regional services: RTL, MTV Finland, France TV, AI Play, amongst others.

I began my tests by connecting to the BBC iPlayer location and, I'm happy to report, I could stream content without any hiccups. CyberGhost continued its successful run by unblocking ITV and Channel 4, too.

I switched to the US Netflix server and, again, this allowed me to browse and stream whatever content I liked. CyberGhost was just as effective with Netflix Australia, Canada, Japan, and the UK.

CyberGhost couldn't unblock US Disney Plus, which left me a little disappointed, but normal service quickly resumed, and I got into US Amazon Prime Video, along with Australia's 9Now, and 10 play, without a hitch.

Torrenting capability

CyberGhost doesn't support P2P on all locations, but there’s still plenty of choice. Choosing the ‘For torrenting’ filter on my Windows app listed 70 P2P-friendly countries, which is more than you'll find with other providers.

I checked this by connecting to three P2P-friendly locations and successfully downloading a torrent from each, with no connection issues.

Handy bonus features in the Windows app Settings box include the ability to automatically connect to your preferred CyberGhost server whenever you launch your torrent client (more on that later).

Sourcing torrents from more dubious sites can sometimes leave you exposed to attack, but CyberGhost's malicious URL filter could help block the most dangerous threats.

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CyberGhost's Windows client opens with a clean, lightweight console that includes a connection status, a list of locations, and a Connect button. Don't be fooled, though—there's a lot of functionality tucked into a right-hand panel which you can open whenever you need it.

A location picker lists all countries and their distance from you. This can be filtered by continent or display servers optimized for gaming, streaming, or torrents, and a Favorites system makes it easy to build your own custom list.

The app supports a good range of protocols: IKEv2, OpenVPN, and WireGuard. Connection times are reasonable at around two seconds for WireGuard and IKEv2, and six seconds for OpenVPN. 

We try to check how a VPN sets up and manages its protocols, because some do a terrible job (I've seen a few apps create connections that don't require encryption, for instance.) CyberGhost doesn't log connections like most apps, which makes it more difficult to find out what it's doing, but the signs I did spot were all positive. The app sets up IKEv2 to use maximum encryption, for example, then deletes the network connection when it's done, reducing the chance that malware can steal your credentials. 

Whatever protocol you use, I noticed there are no notifications to tell you when it connects or disconnects. That means you can't be completely sure of whether you're protected unless you're looking at the CyberGhost app. 

The app's Smart Rules panel gives you an unusual level of control over when the client launches. Most VPNs have an option to launch when Windows starts, for instance, but CyberGhost also allows you to choose a preferred server, and then launch a particular app, such as your default browser in incognito mode.

There's even more flexibility in the Wi-Fi Protection panel, where CyberGhost allows you to decide exactly what happens when connecting to new networks. You can have the client automatically connect to the VPN if the network is insecure, for instance, or never connect if it's encrypted, or indeed perform custom actions for specific networks (always protect at home, never protect at work)—or simply ask you what to do.

Built-in App Rules allow you to automatically connect to a specific VPN location when you open an app. You could connect to the specialist US Netflix location when you open the Netflix app, for instance, or choose a torrent-friendly location when you launch your P2P application.

There's another handy touch in the Exceptions feature, where you can build a list of websites that won't be passed through the tunnel. If a streaming site is only accessible to users in your country, add it to CyberGhost's Exceptions and it'll never be blocked, no matter which VPN location you're using.

If this sounds too complex, and maybe you're only after the VPN basics, no problem; it can all be safely ignored. You'll never even see it unless you go looking. But if you'd like to fine-tune the service and generally optimize it to suit your needs, CyberGhost gives you a mix of options and opportunities you simply won't see elsewhere.

The Settings box lets you choose your preferred protocol (OpenVPN, IKEv2, or WireGuard), use random ports to connect (which might bypass some VPN blocking), and enable or disable a kill switch, IPv6 connections, and DNS leak protection.

My tests showed the kill switch generally worked very well. I tried forcibly closing VPN connections, and even killing CyberGhost's OpenVPN and WireGuard helper processes, but the kill switch blocked my internet access immediately. However, there were some issues.

As I mentioned earlier, the app doesn't raise notifications if the connection drops. Unless you're looking at its console, you'll have no idea why your internet has just died.

This won't matter much with OpenVPN or IKEv2 connections, as I found the app updated its connection status and automatically reconnected within a few seconds.

When I closed the WireGuard process, though, the app didn't appear to notice. My internet was correctly blocked, but the app told me that I was still connected. Hitting the Disconnect button got my internet access back, but this could still leave users confused for a while. And if the app thinks it's connected when it's not, that leaves me wondering whether there are other issues here that CyberGhost missed.

MacOS and Mac apps

CyberGhost's Mac app opens with a stripped-back mobile VPN-like panel, little more than the currently selected location and a Connect button. Good news if you're not interested in the low-level technicalities: just point, click, and you're connected in a very few seconds.

Tap an 'Expand' icon, though, and a panel appears to the left, with a list of locations and links to various settings. It looks a lot like the Windows app, but with some unexpected differences.

The Windows app displays the distance to each server, for instance, highlighting the nearest. The Mac app ignores that, instead displaying a 'server load' figure to show which locations are busiest. That's going to be confusing for anyone who uses both. Wouldn't it make more sense for CyberGhost to choose one measurement for all platforms? Or maybe use both?

The app sidebars have different location lists, too. Mac has server lists for downloading and streaming, but it doesn't have the Dedicated IP or NoSpy Servers (special servers owned and operated by CyberGhost) lists available on Windows.

As usual with Mac VPN apps, it doesn't have all the low-level features available on Windows. Click Privacy Settings, for instance, and you only get the ad, tracker, and malware blocking options. There's no configurable DNS leak option or automatic kill switch.

The start-up rules are much simpler than Isaw with Windows, too. You can set up the app to automatically connect when it launches, or whenever you access untrusted Wi-Fi networks. However, you can't have the VPN connect when you run particular apps, and there's no 'Exceptions' option to define which websites won't pass through the VPN tunnel.

Still, it's important to put this in perspective. CyberGhost's Windows app is one of the most configurable I've seen, and even though this version can't quite match that, it's still a capable Mac VPN app that is user-friendly and equipped with plenty of useful tools and features.

Mobile VPN apps are often underpowered when compared to their desktop cousins, but CyberGhost's offerings are surprisingly capable.

The app opens with the usual very simple portrait interface, for instance, little more than a Connect button and the name of your selected location. But switch to the tablet-friendly landscape mode and you get the location list and Connect button on the same screen, making it easier to find the server you need and get online.

You can have the app automatically connect when you access insecure Wi-Fi, and protocol support includes OpenVPN and WireGuard (but no IKEv2).

The app includes the desktop client's ability to use a random port when connecting to the VPN, a simple trick that might help bypass VPN blocking.

CyberGhost's content blocker (as discussed above) does a decent job of blocking domains associated with malware, ads, or trackers. 

Split tunneling is probably the highlight here, allowing you to decide which apps use the VPN and which don't, in just a few clicks.

There's also support for domain fronting, a clever technique that bypasses some VPN blocking by directing key CyberGhost traffic through a content delivery network (CDN). 

You don't get a kill switch, unfortunately. That's not a critical issue—you'll just have to set up the Android system-level kill switch instead—but many VPN apps have at least some instructions on how to do that, and I'd like to see the same here.

iOS and iPhone apps

The iOS app shares the same look and feel as the Windows and Android versions, and getting started is as easy as logging in, and then tapping Connect to access your nearest location.

VPN apps for iOS never match Android VPN apps for features, because Apple 's security model doesn't allow them the same control, but there is a sprinkling of useful features here. For example, you can set up the app to automatically connect when you access insecure or specific networks. Or you can set your protocol to IKEv2 or WireGuard (no OpenVPN), or run a connection checker to analyze your internet connectivity, see if CyberGhost's VPN servers are accessible, and generally troubleshoot any problems.

Overall, these aren't the best mobile VPN apps I've ever seen, but for the most part they're a likable and well-judged mix of power and ease of use. They come with a 7-day trial, too, so it's easy to check them out if you're intrigued.

CyberGhost offers dedicated IPs for an extra fee starting from the equivalent of just about $2 a month on the two-year plan. Hand over the cash and you'll get a unique IP address for your use only, reducing the chance that you'll be blocked by sites for the bad behavior of other people, and allowing you to access IP-restricted business networks while using the VPN.

Sign up for the scheme and you're able to choose your preferred location from 11 countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Spain and Singapore, plus two cities in the UK and five in the US. CyberGhost has dropped Japan and Switzerland from the list since our last review, unfortunately, but this is still a wider choice than some of the competition.

Having an IP address of your own brings some privacy disadvantages, of course, because it means websites can now recognize you even if you don't log in. Fortunately, CyberGhost doesn't force you to use your dedicated IP all the time: it's just another choice in the app's location picker. When you need to access a streaming site, or maybe the office network, you can use your dedicated IP. But for regular browsing or when privacy is a priority, you're free to connect to a regular CyberGhost server, getting you a regular dynamic IP.

Once your new address is activated, it immediately appears in the Dedicated IP section of CyberGhost's location picker. You can select it whenever necessary, or browse the usual location lists when you need a dynamic IP.

It's a simple and straightforward system, but other VPNs also offer dedicated IPs, sometimes with additional countries and significantly lower prices. Check out Ivacy (from $1.99 a month) and PureVPN (from a tiny $0.99 a month) for more options.

CyberGhost customer support

CyberGhost support begins with its web guides, where you'll find advice on setting up the service on Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Android, Linux, and more.

These do a fair job of explaining key tasks, such as installing the Windows app, with screenshots and helpful extra tips (how to choose a secure password, for instance). But there isn't the depth or the detail to match the likes of ExpressVPN or NordVPN.

The knowledgebase search engine isn't particularly intelligent or helpful. It relies on you carefully choosing the best possible keyword (you'll get very different results for searching on 'speed' and 'performance', for instance), and even if you get that right, the results don't appear to be sorted by usefulness.

A 'Recent activity' panel looked like a good idea, as it lists recently added or changed support documents, but as I browsed through the page, I realized CyberGhost had only added two articles in the past year. So, don't expect the knowledgebase to significantly improve any time soon. 

Still, there is just about enough useful content here to help you with the basics. If that fails, you can also talk to a real, live, human being via email or live chat support.

I opened a live chat session and, only a couple of minutes later, a support agent responded to my question. Despite choosing a slightly technical topic on the generation of OpenVPN configuration files, the agent immediately understood what I needed, and explained everything concisely.

CyberGhost's support site may be a little dubious, then, but that's not the end of the story. If you're running into problems, there's a good chance that the live chat support will quickly point you in the right direction.

CyberGhost VPN review: Final verdict

CyberGhost has a number of issues—especially the ‘seven specific devices’ usage limit—but it delivers on the top VPN priorities for most people, with speedy connections, decent unblocking, loads of features, and helpful live chat support. Give it a try.

TechRadar rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Subscribe if:

✔️  You want a variety of features : you'll get your money's worth from CyberGhost with dedicated IPs, top-notch VPN protocols, a kill switch, split tunneling, DNS leak protection, and much more. ✔️  Streaming is your thing : CyberGhost unblocks all the big names in the streaming world—Netflix, BBC iPlayer, and Amazon Prime included—and even has its own specialist servers. ✔️  You want speedy support : shoot an inquiry over to the CyberGhost VPN team, via email or live chat, and you'll have a thorough response (from an actual human) in just a few minutes.

Don't subscribe if:

❌  You want the quickest service available : CyberGhost isn't slow , by any means, but it doesn't top our speed tests, even when you're using WireGuard. Average speeds put it right in the middle of the pack. ❌  You want a straightforward support site : navigating through the knowledgebase can be a royal pain—pages are hard to find, rarely updated, and aren't sorted according to any kind of logic. ❌ You need 100% visibility about what your VPN is doing : during testing, I noticed that CyberGhost doesn't tell you if your connection drops, for whatever reason, which could leave you unprotected.

Meet the experts behind our CyberGhost VPN review:

Mike Williams

Mike is a lead security reviewer at Future, where he stress-tests VPNs , antivirus and more to find out which services are sure to keep you safe, and which are best avoided. Mike began his career as a lead software developer in the engineering world, where his creations were used by big-name companies from Rolls Royce to British Nuclear Fuels and British Aerospace. The early PC viruses caught Mike's attention, and he developed an interest in analyzing malware, and learning the low-level technical details of how Windows and network security work under the hood.

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5 Best Free VPNs for Linux in 2024 — Fast & Secure

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  • 🥇1. ExpressVPN — Best Overall VPN for Linux in 2024
  • 🥈2. CyberGhost VPN — Great VPN for Streaming on Linux
  • 🥉3. Proton VPN — Best Free VPN for Linux With Unlimited Data
  • 4. Windscribe — Great Free VPN for Streaming With Many Server Locations
  • 5. — Good Free VPN for Torrenting

Comparison of the Best Free VPNs for Linux in 2024

How to choose the best free vpn for linux in 2024, risks & disadvantages of using a free vpn, affordable alternatives, frequently asked questions.

  • Best Free VPNs for Linux in 2024 — Final Score:

Short on time? Here’s the best free VPN for Linux in 2024:

  • 🥇 ExpressVPN : It’s not exactly free, but ExpressVPN is the top VPN for Linux in 2024. It offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can try it out risk-free and get a full refund if it doesn’t suit your needs — no questions asked. ExpressVPN has both GUI and CLI options for Linux, supports a wide variety of Linux distros, and offers the fastest speeds on the market.

Free VPNs are generally not the best choice, as they often come with restrictive data caps, have slow connection speeds, and lack essential security features.

And finding a good free VPN for Linux can be even more challenging due to the operating system’s relative lack of popularity — many VPNs don’t have Linux support, and of those that do, few offer a GUI (graphical user interface) for their Linux apps.

However, there are still some decent free VPN options available for Linux users. I tested the top VPNs on the market and compiled a list of the best free VPNs for Linux. These 5 providers offer excellent speeds and great security and support a good number of distros.

My top pick is ExpressVPN. It may not have a free plan, but it’s without a doubt the best VPN for Linux in 2024. Plus, it has a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can try it risk-free.


Quick summary of the best free VPNs for Linux:

  • 1. 🥇 ExpressVPN — Best overall VPN for Linux in 2024.
  • 2. 🥈 CyberGhost VPN — Excellent Linux VPN for streaming.
  • 3. 🥉 Proton VPN — Best free VPN for Linux with unlimited data.
  • 4. Windscribe — Great free VPN for streaming with many server locations.
  • 5. — Good free Linux VPN for torrenting.
  • Comparison of the Best Free VPNs for Linux in 2024.

🥇1. ExpressVPN — Best Overall VPN for Linux in 2024

🥇1. ExpressVPN — Best Overall VPN for Linux in 2024

ExpressVPN isn’t free, but it’s undoubtedly the best Linux VPN in 2024, and you can test it out risk-free by taking advantage of its 30-day money-back guarantee. ExpressVPN supports a wide range of popular Linux distros, including Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, Arch, and Mint.

I think it’s great you can control the app with GUI and a CLI (command-line Interface). Although most Linux users are familiar with the terminal, having options is always a plus, and ExpressVPN is one of the few VPNs that have a GUI — which you can use via the Chrome and Firefox extensions.

And ExpressVPN’s privacy and security features are top-notch:

  • No-logs policy. It doesn’t log your IP address, online activities, or downloads. Plus, the no-logs policy has been verified by multiple independent audits.
  • Full leak protection. Keeps your data hidden by preventing IPv6, DNS, and WebRTC leaks.
  • RAM-only servers. Your data is never stored on a hard drive and is erased every time the servers are turned off/reset.
  • Perfect forward secrecy. Frequently changes the encryption key that protects your data. This way, if a single encryption key is compromised, your data from past and future sessions remains safe.
  • ExpressVPN Keys. A pretty good password manager that is included in every ExpressVPN subscription for free. It securely stores passwords, auto-fills login details, and helps you generate strong passwords.
  • Threat Manager. Protects against phishing sites and malicious websites and limits the amount of data third parties (like advertisers) can collect on you.

I like how easy it is to set up and use ExpressVPN on Linux devices. The installation process is simple, and there are detailed step-by-step guides (in both written and video format) on ExpressVPN’s website if you need any help — it only took me about 5 minutes to get it all working.

This provider is at the top of the list of the fastest VPNs , making it the ideal choice for browsing, gaming, streaming, and torrenting. In my tests, websites and videos loaded instantly, and I was able to stream HD content without any buffering.

It’s also excellent for streaming and torrenting — most free VPNs don’t support either one. ExpressVPN works with 100+ streaming services, including Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, (confimed in my tests, while connected to my local server) Hulu (confirmed by my US colleague), and BBC iPlayer (confirmed by my colleague from the UK), and allows torrenting on all of its servers across 105 countries.

ExpressVPN’s plans start at RUB610 / month, which is a little pricey, but it’s well worth the cost, as it offers the best value for Linux. Plus, I’ve seen ExpressVPN offer promotional deals that include a couple of extra free months.

Bottom Line:

ExpressVPN doesn’t offer a free plan, but it’s my top Linux VPN in 2024. Its app can be controlled using a GUI or CLI, it supports all major Linux distros, including Ubuntu, Debian, and Fedora, has lightning-fast speeds, and comes with strong security features. All purchases are backed by a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Read the full ExpressVPN review

🥈2. CyberGhost VPN — Great VPN for Streaming on Linux

🥈2. CyberGhost VPN — Great VPN for Streaming on Linux

CyberGhost VPN doesn’t offer a free plan but has a generous 45-day money-back guarantee for its long-term plans, which is much longer than most other providers’ refund policies. It’s also compatible with major Linux distros, including Ubuntu, Fedora, and Mint.

Unfortunately, CyberGhost doesn’t have a GUI for its Linux app like ExpressVPN . But the excellent guides available on its website make setting up the VPN on various Linux distros very simple. Additionally, I found the CLI app to be very easy-to-use.

Plus, it’s excellent for streaming. It offers 100+ dedicated streaming servers in 20+ countries that work with 50+ streaming platforms, including popular streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney+. My colleagues in the US and UK confirmed it worked with their local libraries on these sites, and I was also able to watch content from my local library while connected to CyberGhost servers in my location.

CyberGhost maintains fast speeds on both local and distant servers. During my speed tests, websites and videos loaded instantly, my streaming sessions were never interrupted by buffering, and I was able to enjoy several rounds of Dota 2 without experiencing any lag or disconnects.

It has great P2P support as well. It works with top torrenting clients like qBitorrent, uTorrent, and Transmission and has a very large network of dedicated P2P servers (8,500+ servers in 70+ countries). This makes it easy to connect to a nearby server for faster download speeds and to avoid overcrowded servers.

You also get very good privacy and security. CyberGhost uses perfect forward secrecy and RAM-only servers. In addition, CyberGhost’s no-logs policy has been verified by an independent firm, and it releases regular transparency reports, which detail the legal requests for user data that the company received and how it couldn’t comply with the requests.

CyberGhost VPN is a very affordable option, starting at RUB190 / month. In addition to the 45-day money-back guarantee on its long-term plans, it also offers a 14-day money-back guarantee for its shortest plan.

CyberGhost VPN lacks a free plan but is a reasonably-priced VPN for Linux. It only has a CLI app, but it’s very user-friendly and is compatible with most popular Linux distros, including Ubuntu, Fedora, and Mint. Additionally, it provides very fast speeds for browsing, streaming, and torrenting, and it comes with some great privacy and security features. CyberGhost’s long-term plans are backed by a 45-day money-back guarantee.

Read the full CyberGhost VPN review

🥉3. Proton VPN — Best Free VPN for Linux With Unlimited Data

🥉3. Proton VPN — Best Free VPN for Linux With Unlimited Data

Proton VPN is one of the only top VPNs whose free plan provides unlimited data, which makes it a great choice for browsing and one of the best free VPNs on the market . However, its free plan allows only 1 connection, access to servers in 5 countries (the US, the Netherlands, Romania, Poland, and Japan), and doesn’t support streaming or torrenting.

Like ExpressVPN , Proton VPN’s Linux app also has a GUI, but there’s a fully featured CLI app as well if that’s what you prefer. And it’s compatible with a large variety of Linux distros, including Ubuntu, Debian, Mint, and Fedora.

In terms of privacy and security, Proton VPN is very good. It uses perfect forward secrecy and has an independently audited no-logs policy. And although it doesn’t have RAM-only servers, it has full-disk encryption, which makes data on its servers unreadable. I also appreciate that all of Proton VPN’s apps are open-source, so anyone can inspect its code for vulnerabilities.

Proton performed great in my speed tests — websites loaded in 2–3 seconds, HD videos loaded within 3 seconds, and there was only minor buffering at the start of a video. I also really appreciate that the free plan automatically connects you to the fastest available server when you launch the VPN app, which is pretty convenient.

Proton VPN’s paid plans start as low as RUB460 / month and include streaming and torrenting support, servers in 71 countries, and an excellent ad blocker. The VPN backs all purchases with a prorated 30-day money-back guarantee.

Proton VPN is a great free Linux VPN for all online activities. It’s fast, secure, offers unlimited data, also has a GUI on its Linux app, and is compatible with popular Linux distros like Ubuntu, Debian, Mint, and Fedora. Its premium plans get you faster speeds and consistent streaming and torrenting support. All paid plans are backed by a prorated 30-day money-back guarantee.

Read the full Proton VPN review

4. Windscribe — Great Free VPN for Streaming With Many Server Locations

4. Windscribe — Great Free VPN for Streaming With Many Server Locations

Windscribe allows streaming on its free plan and works reliably with top streaming services, so it’s a good option if you need a Linux VPN for streaming content on Netflix, Disney+, and Amazon Prime. Plus, the free plan gives you access to servers in 10+ countries, including the US, the UK, the Netherlands, and Hong Kong — which is more than what you’ll get with most free plans.

I really like that its free plan provides up to 15 GB of data per month (2 GB by default, 10 GB if you verify your email address, and 5 GB more by tweeting), which is enough for about 15 hours of streaming. Plus, it’s the only free VPN on this list that allows unlimited simultaneous connections, so you can install it on all of your devices.

Windscribe has great Linux support. Its Linux app features a GUI, and it’s compatible with major Linux distros such as Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, and Arch. That said, I still think ExpressVPN’s app is more user-friendly.

I was impressed with Windscribe’s speeds. In my tests on local servers, websites and videos loaded instantly, while on distant servers, they took only about 2–3 seconds.

And Windscribe has good security features. It uses perfect forward secrecy, has RAM-only servers, and includes a pretty good ad blocker called R.O.B.E.R.T (but it’s a limited version on the free plan).

Windscribe’s premium plans start at RUB530 / month. Upgrading gets you unlimited data, more servers, and extra features. However, Windscribe only offers a 3-day money-back guarantee.

Windscribe is a good free VPN for streaming on Linux — it consistently works with popular streaming services and has great speeds. Its free plan also provides access to 10+ server locations, allows unlimited simultaneous connections, and provides up to 15 GB of data per month. All of its plans are backed by a 3-day money-back guarantee.

Read the full Windscribe review

5. — Good Free VPN for Torrenting

5. — Good Free VPN for Torrenting is one of the only VPNs that allow torrenting on its free plan, so it’s a great choice if you want to protect your P2P traffic on your Linux for free. It works really well with torrent clients like uTorrent and qBittorrent, but you only get 10 GB of monthly data, which is only enough for a couple of small torrent files. Also, you get access to 5+ server locations, including the US, UK, Singapore, and Germany.’s Linux app is only available via CLI, and installing it on your device can be a little technical because it requires a manual setup and using’s install script. Plus, the app only works with Ubuntu, though you can manually set up on other distros that support manual VPN configuration. I honestly think ExpressVPN is more user-friendly.

The good news is the Linux app comes with strong security features, including RAM-only servers, perfect forward secrecy, and full leak protection.

It also offers decent speeds. When I tested it, sites loaded immediately, HD videos only took about 2–3 seconds to load, and there was minimal buffering.’s affordable plans start at RUB210 / month and provide streaming support, servers in 54 countries, and more. All plans come with a 30-day money-back guarantee. is a decent free VPN for P2P file sharing on Linux. It provides 10 GB of data per month and access to 5+ server locations. It also supports all Linux distros that allow manual VPN configuration and has advanced security features. Upgrading to a paid plan gets you unlimited data and access to more servers. backs all purchases with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Read the full review

  • Look for a VPN with good Linux support. All the VPNs on this list have user-friendly GUI or CLI Linux apps and support many popular Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, Mint, and Arch.
  • Choose a VPN with a high data usage limit. Free VPNs often put a cap on how much data you can use. I chose VPNs with generous data limits, allowing you to browse or stream without worrying too much about how much data you’re using. Proton VPN is the only free VPN on this list that offers unlimited data.
  • Get a VPN with fast speeds. All VPNs will reduce your internet speeds due to the encryption process, and some free VPNs throttle your speeds. The VPNs on this list are all able to maintain very fast speeds — I had the fastest connections with ExpressVPN .
  • Pick a VPN with a large server network. Many VPNs restrict the number of servers free users have access to. Alternatively, look for providers with servers in nearby countries as connecting to a nearby server will get you better speeds.
  • Find a VPN with strong security. I recommend getting a VPN with industry-standard security features like 256-bit AES encryption, a strict no-logs policy, and a kill switch (drops your internet connection if you disconnect from the VPN).
  • Pick a VPN that offers affordable premium plans. The VPNs listed here provide reasonably priced premium plans, should you decide to upgrade from their free versions. Moreover, they all offer a money-back guarantee, allowing you to try out their services risk-free before making a long-term commitment.
  • No Linux support. Few free VPNs have good Linux support. Some don’t have a Linux app at all, and others might not be compatible with your Linux distro. Additionally, most free Linux VPNs don’t have a GUI, which makes them harder to use.
  • Slow connection speeds. Free VPNs often impose speed limitations, which can lead to long web page and video load times and frequent buffering while streaming. Paid VPNs like ExpressVPN maintain ultra-fast speeds for all online activities, like streaming, torrenting, and gaming.
  • Poor privacy and security. Many free VPNs lack essential privacy and security features, such as full leak protection, a no-logs policy, or a kill switch. This may expose your personal information to third parties like advertisers or your internet service provider (ISP). In fact, some providers monetize their free plans by selling this information, which leaves you vulnerable to cyberattacks.
  • Restrictive data caps. Free VPNs typically impose daily or monthly data limits, and depending on your bandwidth cap, you may not be able to use the VPN for more than a few hours a day. Proton VPN offers unlimited data, so you can browse the internet as much as you want without worry.
  • Limited server network. Free VPNs often have a smaller selection of server locations. This can cause overcrowding or force you to connect to a more distant server, resulting in slower speeds.
  • Lack of streaming support. Most providers don’t support streaming on their free servers or have insufficient data allowances for streaming purposes. Paid VPNs work with streaming platforms more reliably and have no data restrictions. For example, ExpressVPN works with 100+ streaming services, including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, BBC iPlayer, and Disney+.
  • Private Internet Access (PIA). PIA has really cheap plans so it’s a great pick if you’re on a tight budget. It has both a GUI and a CLI and supports Ubuntu, Mint, Debian, Fedora, and Arch. Additionally, it offers great speeds and security and allows unlimited simultaneous connections, so you can cover every device in your household with a single subscription. PIA’s plans start at just RUB200 / month, and every subscription is backed by a 30-day money-back guarantee. Read our full Private Internet Access review.
  • Surfshark. Surfshark is a fast and secure VPN for Linux. It has a GUI and supports the Ubuntu, Debian, and Mint distros. It also offers unlimited simultaneous connections and has a unique privacy feature called IP Rotator — this makes you harder to track. Its longest-term plan starts at RUB190 / month, and it backs all purchases with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Read our full Surfshark review.

Top Brands That Didn’t Make the Cut

  • NordVPN. NordVPN is one of the best VPNs on the market. It’s speedy, secure, and comes with some very unique features like malware protection and a dark web monitor. NordVPN supports Debian, Ubuntu, Elementary OS, Linux Mint Systems, and RPM-based distros, but it doesn’t have a GUI for Linux, and it doesn’t have a free plan.
  • Hotspot Shield. Hotspot Shield’s free plan allows unlimited data, maintains good speeds, and has strong security, but its Linux app is only available to paid users.
  • TunnelBear. TunnelBear is a cute and user-friendly VPN. Its free plan allows unlimited device connections, and it lets free users access all of its 45+ server locations. That said, it has very limited support for Linux devices, and its free plan has a pretty restrictive data limit of 2 GB per month.

Are there any 100% free VPNs for Linux?

Yes, there are some pretty good free VPNs for Linux. My favorite is Proton VPN . It’s one of the few Linux VPNs with a GUI on top of a CLI app, and it supports a ton of Linux distros, including Ubuntu, Debian, Mint, and Fedora. It also has one of the best free plans on the market — it offers unlimited data, 5 server locations (in the US, the Netherlands, Romania, Poland, and Japan), fast speeds, and high-end privacy and security features.

Does Linux have a built-in VPN?

No, but it’s easy to get a third-party VPN instead. I recommend ExpressVPN because it’s the overall best VPN in 2024 and has excellent Linux support — it has both GUI and CLI apps and is compatible with most popular Linux distros, like Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, and Arch. Additionally, it’s got the fastest speeds of any VPN on the market and strong privacy and security features.

Does Ubuntu have a free VPN?

No, Ubuntu doesn’t come with a free VPN. However, there are some free VPNs that support the Ubuntu Linux distro. Proton VPN is an especially good one — it has a GUI and a CLI app for Linux, is one of the only free VPNs with no data usage limits, provides 5 server locations (in the US, the Netherlands, Romania, Poland, and Japan), has very fast speeds for browsing, and comes with strong privacy and security features.

How do I install a VPN on Linux?

The easiest way to get a VPN on Linux is to install a VPN client. To do so, just follow these 3 simple steps:

  • Step 1: Find a VPN that works on Linux. Make sure you check that it’s compatible with the specific Linux distro that you’re using. ExpressVPN is my favorite Linux VPN and supports the most popular distros like Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, and Mint.
  • Step 2: Get the VPN. Purchase a subscription to your chosen provider and download its Linux app.
  • Step 3: Install the VPN on your Linux device. Follow the tutorial on the provider’s website to set up the VPN. The process may be different for different Linux distros.

Best Free VPNs for Linux in 2024 — Final Score:

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CyberGhostVPN - the story of finding MITM, RCE, LPE in the Linux client

CyberGhost is a company that provides VPN services to individual users. They support many popular platforms, including Windows, macOS, and Linux. As a Linux user, I was particularly interested in their Linux application and decided to take a closer look at this version of their software. During my analysis, I discovered vulnerabilities that could be exploited to achieve local privilege escalation, remote code execution on the user’s machine, or to control the victim’s network traffic.

This article discloses the vulnerabilities that were present in the CyberGhostVPN Linux 1.3.5 client (and versions below). The latest version of the CyberGhostVPN Linux client is now free from these vulnerabilities.


Before we delve into the details of specific vulnerabilities, it may be useful to briefly explain how the CyberGhost VPN Linux client works.

Every CyberGhost user has an account that is used to log in to the management web panel to manage their subscription and download the client for their desired platform. Once the client is installed, the same account is used to log in to the client.

users can select their desired VPN server by specifying criteria such as service type (OpenVPN or Wireguard), country, city, and server type (traffic, streaming, or torrent). Depending on the service type selected, a different underlying protocol is used, and different paths in the code are executed.

When a user decides to connect to the VPN, two important things happen:

  • The client sends an authenticated request to the CyberGhost API to fetch the VPN configuration.
  • The client executes the locally installed VPN software (OpenVPN or Wireguard) with the downloaded configuration.

After these two steps, the user’s machine is connected to one of the CyberGhost VPN servers, and all network traffic is routed through it.

Here’s an example command to connect:

Dissecting the client

The client is delivered as an ELF executable, so there is no source code available. Fortunately, it is written in Python, which can be decompiled to a form that, in many cases, resembles the original source code.

To accomplish this, a few tools will come in handy:

  • pyinstxtractor - to extract Python bytecode (.pyc files) from the binary. When running the tool, it is important to use the same Python version that was used to compile the binary.
  • Decompiler - to translate bytecode into Python code (.pyc to .py). Depending on the Python version, one of these two tools will give better results. - uncompyle6 for Python 3.6 and below. - decompyle3 for Python 3.7 and 3.8.

So, how do we determine the Python version?

With this information, the two steps will give us the code.

This case is based on two vulnerabilities that can be chained together to achieve code execution by a man-in-the-middle attacker. It has been agreed with the vendor that technical details that could be used to reproduce the exploit will be omitted to protect users who have not yet patched their clients. Despite these limitations, I would like to present a high-level overview of the issues and possible ways of exploitation.

Issue 1 - Lack of certificate validation.

The client always connects to the API over HTTPS. However, in one specific case, the communication had certificate validation disabled. The affected endpoint happened to be responsible for fetching connection details (hostname, port, key) of a chosen Wireguard server.

This alone is enough to make the client trust an illegitimate server imitating the API. The server could return connection details to a malicious Wireguard server, and the client would connect to it. The user would think that they’re connected to the legitimate CyberGhost Wireguard VPN server, but in fact, their entire traffic would be routed through the malicious server. Such traffic could be analyzed or modified by the threat actor conducting the attack.

The only prerequisite to conduct the attack is to make the client connect to the illegitimate API. This prerequisite requires an attacker to have the ability to successfully conduct a DNS cache poisoning attack, or to perform ARP spoofing if they’re on the same local network. Malicious ISPs and hackers exploiting intermediate network devices or DNS servers are also in a perfect position to redirect the traffic.

Issue 2 - Command injection

The client parses a response from the endpoint mentioned above and prepares a Wireguard configuration file. The file was generated by issuing a shell command that was filled with connection details without proper sanitization.

In a typical scenario, it’s not a problem because connection details are controlled by CyberGhost and could be trusted. It becomes a problem when we consider the first issue. The illegitimate API instead of providing details of its own Wireguard server could respond with a command injection payload. The payload would be executed on the user’s machine with root privileges. It would give the threat actor full control over the machine.

Below I present two videos demonstrating exploitation. A victim on the left, an attacker on the right. For simplicity, the described prerequisite condition is already met and is not covered in the videos.

1. Exploitation of issue 1. The client communicates with a malicious API and then connects to a malicious VPN server.

2. Exploitation of issues 1 and 2. The client communicates with a malicious API. The API serves a payload that is executed on the victim’s machine and sets up a reverse shell connection.

Local Privilege Escalation

In this case, I can provide more technical details. As I didn’t know what to expect from the code, I decided to find out how the client interacts with the operating system. By searching for occurrences of os.system and subprocess.Popen , I came across a helper function used throughout the entire client.

From there, I easily navigated to the first suspicious line of code in the wireguard-related function:

By looking at the command, it was obvious that if either token or secret could be controlled, they would allow the injection of additional commands to execute. Both of them are read from a user-specific configuration file: $HOME/.cyberghost/config.ini , which is created during installation.

A user has permissions to modify the file and inject their own commands. However, what is the point since the code will be executed locally, and the client has to be executed with sudo? In the standard configuration, it doesn’t make much sense, but in the case of non-standard configuration, this injection could be used to locally escalate privileges.

Let’s say we have an unprivileged user in our system who should be allowed to initiate a connection to the VPN. Sudo could be configured in a way that the unprivileged user could run only the CyberGhostvpn command with elevated privileges. Attempts to run any other command would be prevented.

In such a scenario, the unprivileged user modifies their configuration file .cyberghost/config.ini and puts a payload in token , and then tries to initiate a connection. The connection fails because the injected command breaks the original curl invocation. But at this point, the “unprivileged” user has root privileges in the system.

The vulnerabilities were found in the CyberGhostVPN Linux client version 1.3.5 (and versions below) and were reported to the vendor through the BugCrowd platform. The issues are fixed in the newest version of the client (1.4.1). The client does not have an auto-update feature, so users must manually download and install it.

If, for some reason, it is impossible to update the client, the exploitation of MITM and RCE issues could be mitigated by using the OpenVPN service type, for example, sudo cyberghostvpn --connect --openvpn --country-code CZ .

I worked closely with the CyberGhostVPN team to report and remediate the vulnerabilities identified, and the CyberGhostVPN team had the following to say:

We are delighted with the research performed by mmmds into our Linux application, and thank him for his efforts. Collaboration in the cybersecurity community is critical for keeping our users safe from all and any potential attack vectors. In this spirit, we are committed to continued transparency and partnership with all researchers on our bug bounty platform, and will continue providing our customers with world class protection.
  • 01.12.2022: vulnerabilities reported
  • 02.12.2022: the report acknowledged by the vendor
  • 07.12.2022: vulnerabilities confirmed by the vendor
  • 24.12.2022: CyberGhostVPN Linux 1.4.0 released with a fix for remote code execution and privilege escalation
  • 22.02.2023: CyberGhostVPN Linux 1.4.1 released with certificate pinning
  • 06.03.2023: vendor notifies me that the issues have been fully addressed
  • 03.04.2023: vulnerabilities disclosed in coordination with the vendor


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