NordVPN on Linux: a comprehensive review

Without any doubts, NordVPN is one of the greatest VPN service provider worldwide, counting 6500 servers in 59 countries. If you didn’t alredy, check out my installation guide. Let’s see how NordVPN fares on Linux.

1. Using NordVPN on Linux

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Shows account information.

       Shows a list of cities where servers are available.

   connect, c
       Connects you to VPN.

       Shows a list of countries where servers are available.

   disconnect, d
       Disconnects you from VPN.

       Shows a list of available server groups.

       Logs you in.

       Logs you out.

           Rate your last connection quality (1-5)

           Registers a new user account

       set, s
           Sets a configuration option.

           Shows current settings.

           Shows connection status.

           Adds or removes an option from a whitelist.

       help, h
           Display syntax for the given operation. If no operation was supplied, then
           the general syntax is shown.

nordvpn cities
Usage: nordvpn cities [country]

Use this command to show cities where servers are available.

Example: ‘nordvpn cities United_States’

Press the Tab key to see auto-suggestions for countries.

Example 1. Connect to a recommended server
$ nordvpn connect

   Example 2. Connect to a server in a specific country
       $ nordvpn connect Australia
       $ nordvpn connect Switzerland
       $ nordvpn connect Greece

   Example 3. Connect to a server in a specific city
       $ nordvpn connect Sweden Stockholm
       $ nordvpn connect Australia Sydney
       $ nordvpn connect Japan Tokyo

   Example 4. Connect to a server in a specific country using the country code
       $ nordvpn connect US
       $ nordvpn connect JP
       $ nordvpn connect AU

   Example 5. Connect to a server in a specific group
       $ nordvpn connect P2P
       $ nordvpn connect The_Americas
       $ nordvpn connect Dedicated_IP

   Example 6. Connect to a server in a specific group and country
       $ nordvpn connect --group P2P Germany

   Example 7. Disconnect from VPN
       $ nordvpn disconnect
	   Example 8. Set a protocol
           $ nordvpn set protocol UDP
           $ nordvpn set protocol TCP

       Example 9. Enable Kill Switch
           $ nordvpn set killswitch enabled

       Example 10. Enable CyberSec
           $ nordvpn set cybersec enabled

       Example 11. Enable auto-connect
           $ nordvpn set autoconnect enabled

       Example 12. Enable auto-connect to specific country or city
           $ nordvpn set autoconnect enabled
           $ nordvpn set autoconnect enabled Australia
           $ nordvpn set autoconnect enabled Sweden Stockholm

       Example 13. Enable obfuscation
           $ nordvpn set obfuscate enabled

       Example 14. Enable notifications
           $ nordvpn set notify enabled

       Example 15. Change technology
           $ nordvpn set technology NordLynx
           $ nordvpn set technology OpenVPN

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NordVPN on Linux pros & cons

NordVPN pros
  • Best-in-class network and speed
  • NordLynx implementation (NordLynx)
NordVPN cons
  • Only .deb and .rpm installation packages
  • No graphical user interface (GUI)