Setting up our OpenVPN SSL 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.
Note: If you are on Linux Mint 18 (Sarah) which is based on Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial) , you can refer to the steps listed here: Ubuntu (Unity) SSL OpenVPN Setup
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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:
This shows the IP Address and country that you are currently connecting from, in this example, the user is connecting from Singapore.
First of all, please ensure that the OpenVPN plugin is installed in your system. The easiest way to check this is to download the package using the command below from your Terminal:
sudo apt-get install network-manager-openvpn-gnome
Enter your super user password (root) if prompted.
Now download the ca80.crt certificate from our website.
To do so, right click on the link below and choose Save Link As to save the file on your system.
Note: You need to remember where you save it.
Once installed, click on the Network icon at the bottom right hand corner and click on Network Connections.
Click on Add to create the new connection.
Select OpenVPN and click on Create.
OpenVPN 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 (or MPN USA for our US service).
Important: Do not have a space in the connection name or it will fail!
The example shown is to connect to our GBR server therefore the servername used is gbr.mypn.co however, if you wish to connect to a different country, please refer to our complete list of servers
Change the Authentication type to Password.
Enter your MPN username and Password.
Expand the CA Certificate and select the ca80.crt file you downloaded in the beginning and then click on the Advanced button.
Select Use custom gateway port and change it to 80, click OK and click on Save to save the 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.
Enter you My Private Network Password if prompted.
You are connected!
After a few moments. the VPN Connection slider should be turned on indicating that the VPN is now 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 servers via the OpenVPN SSL service. All your internet traffic will now be transmitted securely via our servers.
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. MPNUSA, MPN LUX etc.
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
This will enable us to know where exactly the VPN is failing.