How to setup ExpressVPN on Ubuntu (PPTP)

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Use the following rough steps to manually setup a PPTP VPN connection on Linux.

Prefer app setupSee the instructions for setting up the ExpressVPN app for Linux.


Click on the Network Manager icon on the top-right portion of your screen.

Point to VPN Connections, and then click Configure VPN…

configure vpn

Click on the Add button.

add network connection

For the Connection Type, please select Point-to-point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP).

Click Create…

Specify a Connection name (can be anything).

For the Gateway setting, use one of the server addresses specified under the Manual Configurations section of your ExpressVPN setup page. To do so:

  1. Sign in to your account
  2.  Click Set Up ExpressVPN
  3. Select Manual Config on the left side of the screen
  4. Select PPTP & L2TP-IPSec on the right side of the screen, you will see your username, password, and a list of server addresses
  5. Click the + sign to expand the list of addresses by location
  6. Copy the server address of the location you want to connect to.

Enter the Username and Password as found in step 4 above.

enter username and password

Click on the Advanced… button.

Check “Use Point-to-Point encryption (MPPE)” option.

use point-to-point encryption

Click OK, and then click on Save…

Close the Network Manager applet.

Click on the Network Manager icon on the top right hand of your screen.

Point to VPN Connections, and then click on the VPN profile that you’ve just created, to start the connection process.

During the connection process, the network icon will blink for about 10-30 seconds.

Once you are connected to ExpressVPN, you will see a “lock” on the network icon.

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