How to set up an .ovpn file on Pop!_OS 22.04

An .ovpn file

An .ovpn file is a configuration file used by the OpenVPN (Open Virtual Private Network) software to establish a secure connection between your device and a VPN (Virtual Private Network) server.

OpenVPN is an open-source software that enables the creation of secure point-to-point or site-to-site connections in routed or bridged configurations and remote access facilities.

Let's get down to business

shall we?

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Check your OS

This step is just to make sure you have Pop!_OS installed.

uname -a
lsb_release -a
cat /etc/os-release


Open a Terminal

Update repository

sudo apt-get update

Install OpenVPN

sudo apt-get install openvpn


Check installation

openvpn --version
which openvpn


Create the directory

This directory is going to store the .ovpn file.

mkdir ~/.vpn-configs

Copy the .ovpn file

cp somewhere/file.ovpn newplace/

It would look something like this

cp ~/Downloads/master-file.ovpn ~/.vpn-configs/

Verify the copy

ls ~/.vpn-configs/

Your .ovpn file should be in that directory.

Connect to VPN

sudo openvpn ~/.vpn-configs/master-file.ovpn




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