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Failing to install my IPVANISH OpenVPN

asked 2017-02-02 17:31:26 -0500

ShaunB gravatar image

I've been reading several different methods on how to install my IPVanish OpenVPN using the terminal command line. I've followed several different methods and I'm hitting road bumps. I'm not sure if I'm reading the directions properly or not, (obviously not). This also includes reading and trying the OpenVPN method described in Fedora Project. Perhaps I'm just not understanding what it is I'm supposed to be typing into the command line. Can anyone help me with easy step-by-step method to installing IPVanish third party OpenVPN? I'm rather new to Fedora as I have moved away from using Ubuntu and wanted to use a more superior distro such as Fedora. I'm really loving Fedora so far and want to setup my vpn for it. Any help is appreciated!

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Also, I'm confused as to whether I'm supposed to use "dnf" or "yum".

ShaunB gravatar imageShaunB ( 2017-02-02 17:33:10 -0500 )edit

In Fedora (I think it was with Fedora 21 or 22), yum has been replaced by dnf. So, please use dnf. the yum command will be redirected to dnf

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2017-02-02 22:06:00 -0500 )edit

good to know! I've been using yum and it keeps redirecting me to read about it, I was wondering if that was the case. Thanks for clarifying for me.

ShaunB gravatar imageShaunB ( 2017-02-02 23:02:02 -0500 )edit

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answered 2017-02-02 22:11:26 -0500

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updated 2017-02-02 22:14:20 -0500

To use ipvanish, you first need to get openvpn functional.

The easiest is to use dnf to install the needed packages: (sudo dnf search openvpn shows you related packages)

What you need:

sudo dnf install openvpn NetworkManager-openvpn NetworkManager-openvpn-gnome

After that, you have a working openVPN client. Now, go to ipvanish (which I don't know, sorry), and search for the settings that you need to apply (You can easily use the graphical NetworkManager provided by Gnome). Maybe ipvanish provides you with a .ovpn file that contains your configuration. Just load it.

In case any certificates (.crt) are needed make sure that they are placed into ~/.certs, that is a hidden folder in your /home/youruser/ directory.


Quick internet search reveals that both the certificate and the config file are available from their webpage:

Use wget; wget to download them both. Then move .crt file to ~/.certs and import .ovpn to your connection settings.

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Is an option for you? Seems to be cheaper...

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2017-02-02 22:17:01 -0500 )edit

You are my new hero! It worked, thank you very much. I have purchased IPVanish several months ago to use in Windows and Debian. As I have moved away from using Windows and Debian in order to join the Fedora family, I've been trying to connect my vpn for a few days now. I feel compete now. Thank you again.

ShaunB gravatar imageShaunB ( 2017-02-02 22:59:10 -0500 )edit

I'm also assuming that if I wanted to add additional servers to my connection list that IPVanish provides, other than New York-nyc-a01-ovpn, I would need to use the 2nd "wget" again with a different location in place of "New York" as described as above? I know the first web-get is the .crt is the same regardless, so I'm assuming I won't need to resubmit that command again.

ShaunB gravatar imageShaunB ( 2017-02-03 04:39:41 -0500 )edit

Correct, first wget command downloads the .crt file, the 2nd one the config file. Their config files seem to be available here: or here. Looks like you can just choose any...

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2017-02-04 09:28:09 -0500 )edit

excellent, thank you again for your help!

ShaunB gravatar imageShaunB ( 2017-02-04 12:36:59 -0500 )edit

answered 2017-11-26 07:41:55 -0500

This works in Fedora 25:

  1. To install OpenVPN: sudo dnf install openvpn NetworkManager-openvpn NetworkManager-openvpn-gnome
  2. Go to the "/etc/openvpn" folder via: sudo cd /etc/openvpn
  3. Save OpenVPN config and certificates in the /etc/openvpn directory so that there are no permissions issues: sudo wget; sudo wget
  4. Open Settings window via clicking on the arrow in the topmost right corner of your screen and selecting the Wrench/Screw icon on the bottom left.
  5. Click on the "Network" icon and you should see all your current connection details (i.e. Wi-Fi, Wired, etc).
  6. Click the "+" symbol on the bottow left of the Networks window to Add a new connection.
  7. Click on "Import from File..." and select your .OVPN file that you saved in the "etc/openvpn" folder earlier.
  8. It should load all your details automatically. (You can change the Name if you would like.)
  9. Enter your username and password then "Apply" all the changes.
  10. Finally click on the Name of the VPN that you just created and flip the switch to "ON" so that it will start connecting.
  11. When you are done, it should say "Connected".

Hope this helps someone.

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