Setting up our PPTP VPN service on Linux Mint should be straight forward with these simple step-by-step instructions.

Before you start make sure your system is connected to the internet and that you are able to browse the web. We used Linux Mint 17.2 (Rafaela) Cinnamon to create these instructions but the steps are the same for Gnome 3 based Linux systems.

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Make sure your system is connected to the internet


Make sure your system is connected to the internet and that you are able to browse the web. To check your location, please go to our IP Info page, or alternatively go to our homepage and scroll down to this section:

check your current IP Address

This shows the IP Address and country that you are currently connecting from, in this example, the user is connecting from Singapore.

Getting Started


From the desktop click on the Network icon at the bottom right hand corner and click on Network Connections.

linux mint configure PPTP VPN

Creating Connection


Click on Add to create the new connection.

linux mint create a VPN connection type


Select Point-to-Point Tunnelling Protocol (PPTP) and click on Create.

linux mint create a VPN connection type

Connection Configuration


You are now required to enter the details in order to establish VPN connection. The connection name can be anything, but we suggest you make it something pertinent, for example MPN GBR for UK (or MPN USA for our USA service).

linux mint PPTP VPN settings

The gateway needs to be, if you wish to connect to a different country, please refer to our complete list of servers.

Enter the username and password that you registered with and then click Advanced.

Advanced PPTP configuration


Uncheck PAP and CHAP and ensure that MSCHAP and MSCHAPV2 are the only methods selected.

linux mint PPTP VPN advanced settings

Check the box labelled Use Point to Point encryption (MPPE), leave other settings as default and then click OK.

Click Save to save the VPN configuration.

Connection to VPN


Now start the VPN connection by clicking on the Network Manager icon again, and under VPN Connections you should see the connection that you have just created.

Click on it or just click on the VPN Connection slider to connect.

linux mint connect to PPTP VPN


Enter you My Private Network Password if it prompts you.

You are connected!


After a few moments. the VPN Connection slider should be turned on (1) indicating that the VPN is now connected.

linux mint PPTP VPN connected

If you now browse our homepage or check your IP address again from the IP Info page, your location should show that you are now in the UK (or which ever country you have connected to).

That’s it! You have now setup your computer to connect to our VPN via the PPTP service. All your internet traffic will now be transmitted securely via our servers.

Other locations


If you want to connect to any of our other servers, ie our USA servers, simply change the server name, please refer to our complete list of servers.

Note, if you have our global package, you may want to set up additional connections to other countries, you can create as many connections as you wish, just make sure that you give them a different name, i.e. MPN USA, MPN LUX etc.

Any problems?


Unfortunately it doesn’t always go to plan!

If you have any problems or can’t get connected, first please reboot your system and see if that resolves the problem.

Failing that, please type this command into your Terminal and run the VPN:

tail -f /var/log/syslog

linux mint PPTP VPN connected


Send us a screenshot or copy paste the error message as this will enable us to know where exactly the VPN is failing.

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