Connecting to proXPN VPN on Linux with the proXPN Bash Client

Dmitri Popov

Productivity Sauce

Sep 21, 2015 GMT
Dmitri Popov

When the proXPN VPN service offered a premium lifetime subscription for a paltry $39, it was too good of an offer to pass up (this offer on StackSocial may still be valid). So I bought it on the spot. It turned out, though, that while proXPN provides support for OpenVPN, the service doesn't offer any help, tools, or configuration files for Linux users on their website. Of course, with some perseverance and a bit of googling, you can make proXPN work on Linux. But there is actually no need for that thanks to the proXPN Bash Client script devised by Matthew Surabian. Before you proceed, install the OpenVPN software on your system. To do this on Debian and Ubuntu, run the apt-get install openvpn command as root. Clone then the project's repository using the git clone https://github.com/MattSurabian/proxpn-bash-client.git command (or download and unpack the ZIP archive containing the latest version of the script). In the terminal, switch to the resulting directory, and run the following commands as root:

chmod +x proxpn
cp proxpn /usr/bin/
mkdir /etc/proxpn/
cp proxpn.ovn /etc/proxpn/

Use the nano /etc/proxpn/login.conf command as root to create the login.conf file and enter your proXPN user name on the first line and your password on the second line. Save the changes, and you're done. Run the proxpn command as root, pick the desired location of the exit node, and the script should take care of establishing a VPN connection.

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