Set up OpenVPN on Debian Linux Using the Terminal Command Line

Here are the steps to set up OpenVPN on Debian Linux. Set up a Linux Debian VPN using the OpenVPN protocol on the Terminal Line interface/ CLI.

  • We used the FastestVPN for this tutorial. While you can use any VPN service which offers the OpenVPN protocol.

Step 1: Download the OpenVPN configuration files (ovpn files) which will be provided by your VPN service provider. Unzip those files in case they are in a zip folder.

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Step 2: Now open the terminal and then access the "Downloads" folder or the directory where you saved the downloaded config files as given below.

      • Type in: cd Downloads
      • Type in: cd ovpn (replace "ovpn" with the folder name where your config files are saved)

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Step 3: Now list the folder items by entering ls so you can view all the available VPN server files if there are multiple.

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Step 4: Run the OpenVPN command now and then select your desired VPN server which you want to connect to.

For that, type in: sudo openvpn --config (your desired VPN server name)
For example I entered sudo openvpn --config UK-UDP.ovpn. Here you'll replace "UK-UDP.ovpn" with your OpenVPN config file name.

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Step 5: It will ask for your sudo password first. Enter it and then it will ask for your VPN username and password respectively. Enter the username and then password provided by your VPN service provider

Step 6: Once the "Initialization Sequence Completed" appears, that means your OpenVPN on Debian Linux using the terminal command line has been connected.

When you need to disconnect VPN on Debian Linux, press Ctrl+C in the terminal

By following the steps given above, you can set up OpenVPN on Debian Linux using the terminal command line. Besides, if you're looking for additional support have any questions related to setting up a Debian VPN client or VPN on Linux different operating systems, please Contact us for your questions, queries, feedback, or suggestions.

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