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Best Linux VPN 2020

If you’re reading this, you’re probably more tech savvy and privacy aware than most Windows or macOS users. And therefore a VPN is a natural fit for Linux.

The bad news is that its lack of popularity means only a few VPN providers actually offer dedicated software clients for Linux. If you don’t opt for one of them you’ll be stuck fiddling around in the system console (not that that’s anything new to Linux users, of course…).

With that in mind we’ve rounded up the best VPNs for Linux with a dedicated app, along with a few that don’t.

What to look for in a Linux VPN

There are many things to consider when choosing a VPN service, but as we’ve said, the first thing you probably want to check is whether your VPN of choice has a dedicated Linux app.

Those that do are easier to set up, run, and troubleshoot when things go wrong. Remember to check that the app is compatible with your distro (Ubuntu support is pretty standard, but it varies beyond that) and check the version numbers to see if the Linux app is updated as regularly as the Windows and Mac versions.

If there isn’t an app – or it just isn’t compatible with your distro – then you’ll want to check if the VPN offers setup instructions for the command console – again, ideally with specific instructions for your distribution, though this is likely to be easier to adapt.

Beyond that, the big concerns are the same for any VPN: whether they have servers in the countries or locations you require, if they offer good speeds, plus what the company’s policies on user data logging are – which is particularly important if they’re in one of the ’14-eyes’ countries, in which case they have a legal responsibility to share data with law enforcement under certain circumstances.

Take a look at our main VPN guide for more information on how to use a VPN or what to look for, or read on for our advice on VPNs for Linux.

Linux VPN reviews

ExpressVPN

Surfshark

Surfshark

Private Internet Access

Private Internet Access

NordVPN

NordVPN

PureVPN

PureVPN

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