Why trust me?
- I started using Linux in 1998 (Red Hat 5.1 Manhattan to be precise), and stopped using Windows more than fifteen years ago. Over the years, I have used actively used a great number of different Linux distributions.
- Most VPN reviewers don’t test VPNs on Linux. Typically they just tweak Windows reviews, without any real testing on Linux. This website is different: I installed and tested every single VPN mentioned here on Linux – for real!
- I do earn commissions through affiliate links. But no commission can stain my honesty. For example, IVPN and Mullvad are among the greatest VPNs for Linux – and they do not have affiliates programs.
What is the best VPN for Linux?
There is no such things as THE best VPN for Linux. Only a few VPN providers are really committed Linux, with significant differences in the target group of each of these VPN services.
I’ll take an example: NordVPN, one of the most famous VPN providers, doesn’t offer a graphical user interface (GUI) on Linux. Using the command line app only, I tested NordVPN during a few weeks on Linux Mint and Ubuntu. NordVPN works flawlessly on Linux, is fast and supports WireGuard (“NordLynx”).
Ultimately, I got tired of having to use the terminal for every VPN server change and terminated my subscription. I have no complaints about NordVPN on Linux. It is perfect for remote servers and some use cases, but I would hardly recommend it to an average desktop user.
VPNs with GUIs on the other side allow for easy change of server countries, configuration options etc. My first recommendation for most users would be to try a VPN service which offers a graphical user interface on Linux, such as PIA, Mullvad, TorGuard, IVPN or AirVPN.