Install Pritunl VPN client on Debian/Ubuntu

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In our previous guide, we learnt how to Install and Setup Pritunl VPN Server on Debian. This tutorial will take you through how to install Pritunl VPN client on Debian/Ubuntu systems so that you can be able to connect to your VPN server and be able to access your other systems in a remote LAN.

Installing Pritunl VPN client on Debian/Ubuntu

Install Pritunl APT Repository on Debian/Ubuntu

In order to install Pritunl VPN client, you need to first install the Pritunl repositories by running the commands below;

Install Pritunl repository on Ubuntu/Debian;

echo "deb $(lsb_release -sc) main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pritunl.list

Install Pritunl repository on Ubuntu/Debian;

apt install apt-transport-https dirmngr
apt-key adv --keyserver hkp:// --recv 7568D9BB55FF9E5287D586017AE645C0CF8E292A 

Run system update;

apt update

Install Pritunl VPN client

Once the repos are in place, run the command below to install Pritunl.

On desktop systems, you can install pritunl-client-electron VPN client package;

apt install pritunl-client-electron

On server systems, you can simply use pritunl-client VPN client package;

apt install pritunl-client

Connecting to Pritunl VPN Server

Add Users and Organizations on Pritunl VPN Server

Before you can connect to Pritunl VPN server from the client, you need to have created the users and organizations. Follow the link below to create Pritunl VPN server users and organization.

Add Users and Organizations on Pritunl VPN Server

pritunl users

Connect to Pritunl VPN Server from Servers with no Desktop Environment

If you are running on servers without the GUI interface, you can use pritunl-client to connect to Pritunl VPN server.

The basic command line usage for the pritunl-client is;

Pritunl Client Command Line Tool

  pritunl-client [flags]
  pritunl-client [command]

Available Commands:
  add         Add profile
  completion  generate the autocompletion script for the specified shell
  help        Help about any command
  list        List profiles
  logs        Show logs for profile
  remove      Remove profile
  start       Start profile
  stop        Stop profile
  version     Show version
  watch       Watch profiles

  -h, --help   help for pritunl-client

Use "pritunl-client [command] --help" for more information about a command.

So, for example, in our Pritunl VPN server, we added two demo users as show above.

Let us say you want to connect to Pritunl VPN server as one of the users above, say demo user from your Ubuntu/Debian server, using pritunl-client, then you would simply run the command below;

pritunl-client add [profile_uri]

Where [profile_uri] is the uri for the user profile on Pritunl VPN server. You can get the user’s profile URI from Pritunl VPN server, user’s profile. See screenshots below;

So if you are using trusted SSL certificate with your Pritunl VPN server, then you can import the profile directly using the sample command below;

pritunl-client add pritunl://

List available profiles by running the command;

pritunl-client list

Start the profile using the pritunl-client start command;

pritunl-client start -h
Start profile

  pritunl-client start [profile_id] [flags]

  -h, --help              help for start
  -m, --mode string       VPN mode (ovpn, wg)
  -p, --password string   VPN password

Connect to Pritunl VPN Server from Desktop Systems

From desktop systems, you can connect to Pritunl VPN server using the Pritunl client. Just launch it from the application menu. It looks like this;

pritunl client desktop systems

Download the user’s profile from Pritunl server and import on the client.

You can as well get the profile URI and import from URI.

In our demo, we downloaded the profile for demo user and imported as follows.

wget -P ~/Downloads/ --no-check-certificate
cd ~/Downloads
tar xf guxJ2EedzAC8dkodgKoYJTtjGpYpFnp3.tar
ls -alh .
-rw-r--r--  1 koromicha koromicha  20K Mar 17 01:59 guxJ2EedzAC8dkodgKoYJTtjGpYpFnp3.tar
-rw-------  1 koromicha koromicha 9.7K Mar 17 01:59 kifarunix-demo.com_demo_kifarunix-demo-vpn.ovpn

So we have the ovpn profile file.

To import the profile, simply click Import Profile and select your .ovpn file from your specific system location.

The Pritunl client then shows like as shown below once the profile is imported;

pritunl profile import

To connect, click on the menu lines at the right top and click connect.

pritunl connect profile

Connection status from the client;

pritunl connection

Verify IP address;

ip add
4: tun0: <POINTOPOINT,MULTICAST,NOARP,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc pfifo_fast state UNKNOWN group default qlen 100
    inet brd scope global tun0
       valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
    inet6 fe80::8906:20df:b6f4:ef97/64 scope link stable-privacy 
       valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever

Connection status from the Pritunl VPN Server;

connection status
connection status users

Connect Using OpenVPN client;

You can connect using openvpn client;

sudo openvpn ~/Downloads/kifarunix-demo.com_demo_kifarunix-demo-vpn.ovpn

Other connection methods

Using Network Manager command line tool;

nmcli connection import type openvpn file ~/Downloads/kifarunix-demo.com_demo_kifarunix-demo-vpn.ovpn

Similarly, you can as well import a saved .ovpn configuration from Gnome or KDE network connection settings.

Reference and Further Reading

Pritunl VPN connection

Pritunl Gnome Client

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