Setting up our PPTP VPN service on Ubuntu 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’ve updated the instructions and tested on Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) to confirm the steps but the principles should apply to most Debian 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 Manager icon in the top right hand corner, click on VPN Connections and then Configure VPN.

If you can’t see the Network Manager icon, you can open network manager by clicking on System > Preferences > Network Connections and then click on the VPN tab.

Ubuntu configure PPTP VPN

Creating Connection


Click on Add to create the new connection.

 Ubuntu add VPN connection


Ensure the connection type is PPTP and click Create.

Ubuntu 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 (or MPN USA for our US service).

Ubuntu 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 option configuration


Please ensure that the only authentication method used is MSCHAP, to achieve this, uncheck PAP and CHAP and ensure that MSCHAP and MSCHAPV2 are the only methods selected.

Ubuntu PPTP VPN advanced settings

Check the box labelled Use Point to Point encryption (MPPE) 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, select VPN Connections and click on the new connection you have created.

Ubuntu connect to PPTP VPN


Enter you My Private Network Password if it prompts you.

Ubuntu enter a VPN password

You are connected!


After a few moments. the Network Manager icon should have a little padlock icon on it to indicate that the VPN is connected.

Ubuntu 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 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 GBR, 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, please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible and try to help.