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How to set up OpenVPN on Ubuntu

This tutorial will show you how to set up OpenVPN on Ubuntu using the SmartyDNS VPN services. If you don’t have a SmartyDNS account, you can try our services for free for 3 days.

Here are the steps you should follow:

  1. Install the network-manager-openvpn plugin:
    • Open terminal: Go to the “Menu” button and write “Terminal” (1).

      How to set up OpenVPN on Ubuntu: Step 1

    • Once the Terminal is accessed, type the following:
      sudo apt-get install network-manager-openvpn (2)
      Then press “Enter”.

      How to set up OpenVPN on Ubuntu: Step 2

    • You will be asked if you want to continue the installation process, type Y (3) and press “Enter”.

      How to set up OpenVPN on Ubuntu: Step 3

  2. Configure OpenVPN:
    • Click on “Network Manager” symbol (4), then click on “VPN Connections” (5), then “Configure VPN” (6).

      How to set up OpenVPN on Ubuntu: Step 4

    • Under the “Network Connections” window, choose the “VPN” tab (7) and click on the “Add” button (8). The “Choose a VPN Connection Type” window (9) will pop up, choose “OpenVPN” then click on “Create…” button (1).

      How to set up OpenVPN on Ubuntu: Step 5

    • Now fill the fields with the following settings:

      “Connection name” – type a name for your connection, for example: SmartyDNS OpenVPN.

      “Gateway” (11) – type the address you want to connect to.

      To find the entire list of all available servers, sign in to your account on our website, go to “Setup” -> “VPN Servers“. If you don’t have a SmartyDNS account, you can try our services for free for 3 days.

      In the username and password fields (12) type your VPN username and password.

      To find your VPN username and password, sign in to your account on our website, go to “Setup” -> “VPN Username & Password“. If you don’t have a SmartyDNS account, you can try our services for free for 3 days.

      Download the ca.crt file.

      Select the downloaded ca.crt file (13).

      Then click on “Advanced” (14).

      How to set up OpenVPN on Ubuntu: Step 6

    • For a UDP connection, type the 5555, 992 or 1194 value in the “Use custom gateway port” field (15).

      For a TCP connection, check the “Use a TCP connection” checkbox (16), then type the 443, 5555, 992 or 1194 value in the “Use custom gateway port” field (15).

      How to set up OpenVPN on Ubuntu: Step 7

  3. The connection is now created and it is ready to use. To connect to your VPN, go to “Network Manager” (17), choose “VPN Connections” (18) and choose your connection (19).

    How to set up OpenVPN on Ubuntu: Step 8

To check if you are connected to a VPN server, check if you IP address is changed.

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