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ProtonVPN is a VPN provider that utilizes the OpenVPN protocol.

In order to use this tutorial, one must have a ProtonVPN account.


Install the openvpn package.


Log into ProtonVPN and download one or more OpenVPN configuration files.

Copy the *.ovpn client configuration files into /etc/openvpn/client/ and make backup of original.

Follow these steps to make sure, that all your network traffic uses VPN. If you use systemd older than 229, follow these steps.

Connect to the VPN:

# openvpn /etc/openvpn/client/client_config_file.ovpn

Press Ctrl+C to close the VPN connection.

Tips and tricks

Saving OpenVPN authentication

If you get tired of punching in your username and password, you may save your OpenVPN credentials in a separate file and read them automatically.

auth-user-pass /etc/openvpn/client/login.conf

Enable VPN on boot

For systemd service configuration, see OpenVPN#systemd service configuration.


ProtonVPN supplies a utility to access the VPN. Details can be found on the official website and the GitHub repository.


Install the protonvpn-cliAUR package.


Initialize the client:

# protonvpn-cli -init

Enter your OpenVPN username and password, which have to be configured on the ProtonVPN Settings page. For example:

Enter OpenVPN username: ProtonVPN.user
Enter OpenVPN password:

After entering the credentials, you have to select your subscription plan. For example, select the Free plan:

[.]ProtonVPN Plans:
1) Free
2) Basic
3) Plus
4) Visionary
Enter Your ProtonVPN plan ID: 1

Now you can connect to the VPN:

# protonvpn-cli -connect

You should see detailed country list with all available servers. Select preferred server and click OK.

Then select UDP or TCP protocol and click OK again.

If connection was successful, you will see following output:

New IP: X.X.X.X