Install NordVPN in Ubuntu

4/15/2022

For a short moment I struggled with installing NordVPN in Ubuntu. Here is how you do it the right way 😉

Before you start with this tutorial you will need to have a NordVPN (opens new window) account.

Once you signed up for NordVPN, login and go to my.nordaccount.com/downloads/nordvpn (opens new window) and download the .deb version.

This package will not install NordVPN per se, but rather import the GPG key and APT repository.

Once the file is downloaded, double-click on it or run the following to install it.

sudo apt install ./nordvpn-release_1.0.0_all.deb

You might need to change the version number here.

Next you can update the APT package list and install NordVPN.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install nordvpn

Before you can use the just installed nordvpn utility, you need to add your user to the nordvpn user group.

sudo usermod -aG nordvpn $USER

To apply the new user group you need to logout and login from your desktop session or simply restart your computer.

Now you can login through the nordvpn utility.

nordvpn login

Follow the link that nordvpn returns. This will sign you in.

And finally, you will be able to connect and disconnect to your vpn via the following commands.

nordvpn connect # or nordvpn c
nordvpn disconnect # or nordvpn d

For further information on available commands you can run the following command or check out the NordVPN Documentation (opens new window).

nordvpn help

And that's it! Have fun with your VPN! 😁