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This tutorial will show you how to manually set up ExpressVPN on Linux via Ubuntu Network Manager.
1. Find your ExpressVPN account credentials
On the ExpressVPN setup page, enter your ExpressVPN credentials. Click Sign In.
Click Manual Configuration on the left side of the screen. Select OpenVPN on the right. You will first see your username and password and then a list of OpenVPN configuration files.
Click the location(s) you want in order to download the .ovpn file(s).
Next, scroll down to Optional, then click ZIP file to download the VPN keys and certificates.
Keep this browser window open. You will need this information for the setup later.
After downloading the ZIP file, go to the Downloads folder (or the location you saved the file to). Locate the file, right-click it, and select extract here to unzip it for later.
2. Set up the VPN
On your desktop, click the ⋮⋮⋮ icon. In the search bar, type Network.
Next to VPN, click the + icon.
Click Import from file…
Select the ExpressVPN OpenVPN configuration file you downloaded earlier. Click Open.
In the Identity tab, under Authentication, enter the following details:
- Type: Select Password with Certificates (TLS).
- User name: Enter the username you found earlier.
- Password: Enter the password you found earlier.
Next, click Advanced…
Under the General tab, enter the following details:
- Use custom gateway port: Check this box, then enter 1195.
- Data compression: Select LZO.
- Use custom tunnel Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU): Check this box, then enter 1500.
- Use custom UDP fragment size: Check this box, then enter 1300.
- Restrict tunnel TCP Maximum Segment Size (MSS): Check this box.
- Randomize remote hosts: Check this box.
Select the Security tab. Make sure the following options are selected.
- Cipher: Select AES-256-CBC.
- HMAC Authentication: Select SHA-512.
Select the TLS Authentication tab. Under Additional TLS authentication or encryption, enter the following details:
- Key File: Locate the folder where the ZIP file was saved earlier, then select the ta.key file. Click Open.
- Key Direction: Select 1.
3. Connect to a VPN server location
To connect to a VPN server location, go to Network, then toggle the new VPN profile on.
If prompted, enter the password provided for the OpenVPN configuration.
Once you are connected to ExpressVPN, you will see an icon that says “VPN” at the top right corner of your desktop.
Check your location and IP address to confirm the VPN connection is working.
Disconnect from a VPN server location
To disconnect from a VPN server location, click the VPN icon at the top right corner of your desktop. Select the VPN profile, then click Turn Off.