While not all VPN services support Linux, many provide instructions for manual configuration. However, we don’t believe that’s the most convenient and secure solution to protect your privacy and anonymity. Fortunately, you’ll find VPNs with excellent security credentials that will also have a native easy-to-use Linux VPN app. But which one is the best Linux VPN in 2019?
Whether your Linux OS is Fedora, Mint, RedHat, or Ubuntu, online security and privacy is important to you. Otherwise, you’d be using Windows, right? In certain cases, if you’re a political activist, journalist, or a citizen of a heavily censored country, your anonymity is more than just a fad. So, let’s see which VPN services are the best in 2019 and why you should use a VPN for Linux in the first place.
Why you should use a VPN for Linux
Just because Linux is faster and more privacy-friendly than Windows, it doesn’t mean you’re all safe. When you go online, your activities are seen by your ISP, but they may also be seen by your government and cybercriminals. If you prefer to be anonymous online, you may want to consider using a reliable VPN.
Here’s the list of the general reasons to use a VPN for Linux:
- Privacy: just as you don’t walk around with all your personal details, including your banking credentials, pinned to your back for everyone to see, you may also want to keep your privacy online.
- Security: whether it’s an unsecured public wifi you’re using or your own internet connection, it’s best to protect your internet traffic from prying eyes.
- Bypassing geo-restrictions and censorship: most VPN users want to spoof their IP to access geo-restricted content, including entertainment platforms like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and BBC iPlayer. Also, millions of users live in heavily censored countries (like China or Iran) and wish to have freedom of information.
- Torrenting: this is a risky field because torrenting is usually equal to violating copyrights. Thus it’s wise to use a VPN for torrenting. This will help you avoid getting fined for sharing illegal material. Certain countries like Australia go as far as banning most or all torrent sites.
7 Best Linux VPN services in 2019
1. ExpressVPN ‣
An all-around leader in the VPN arena, ExpressVPN is an excellent choice for all your needs. With 3,000+ servers in 90+ countries, this service has great coverage wherever you’re located. ExpressVPN has good speeds and impeccable security features with a true no logs policy.
ExpressVPN offers an easy-to-use command-line interface for your Linux OS. The app has been around since 2016. Although it lacks the GUI (Graphical User Interface) of its Windows and Mac OS counterparts, it’s still much easier than setting up your configuration files manually.
This VPN is one of the most expensive services on the market. However, considering the level of security, privacy, and versatility you’ll get, it may be worth a try. The 30-day money-back guarantee gives you a month to reconsider your choice.
Linux OS supported with a native app: Ubuntu, CentOS, Debian, Fedora, Raspbian, and Arch
2. NordVPN ‣
While the NordVPN dedicated custom Linux app only launched last year (2018), it’s one of the best VPN providers on the market in 2019. The NordVPN Linux command-line app may not work for a range of Linux distros yet, but this service is worth every penny. Apart from its native app, Nord also offers manual configurations for other Linux distros.
NordVPN has 5,250+ servers in 60+ countries, providing excellent global coverage. This VPN has all the best privacy and security features as well as a strict no logs policy. You can use NordVPN for torrenting, unblocking Netflix and other entertainment platforms, privacy protection, geo-unblocking, and more.
If you’re in doubt, use the 7-day trial to figure out whether NordVPN is your best choice. This service has reasonable and affordable prices for all it has to offer. The 30-day money-back guarantee is worth considering if you need more time to make up your mind.
Linux OS supported with a native app: Debian
We found Astrill VPN to be the fastest VPN so far in 2019. So, if it’s speed you’re looking for, Astrill could be the best choice. Interestingly, this VPN has a relatively small server fleet – 320+ servers. They’re found in 65 countries, however, which is great coverage.
Astrill offers a wide range of protocols and features to protect your anonymity while online, and it’s also great for Netflix and torrenting. It has a command-line installer for a great variety of Linux distros, which makes it easy to set up your VPN.
All in all, Astrill is a fantastic privacy tool that comes with a high price tag. If you want to know its worth, you should go for the 7-day trial first.
Linux OS supported with a native app: CentOS, Debian, Fedora, RedHat, Ubuntu 8+, and Linux Mint 10+
4. TorGuard ‣
If you mainly want to use a VPN for torrenting, you’ll surely be satisfied with TorGuard. This VPN is one of our Fastest VPNs in 2019. Generally, TorGuard offers a reliable and secure VPN app. However, since it’s under US jurisdiction, we wouldn’t recommend this service for more hard-core users in need of “perfect” anonymity.
TorGuard’s brand new Linux VPN client allows easy navigation through servers, and it also has a nicely designed interface. Apart from torrenting, you’ll also be satisfied to use this VPN for online gaming, general geo-restriction unblocking, and protecting your privacy. With more than 3,000 servers in 50+ countries, you should have decent global coverage.
TorGuard is good value for your money and you can also take advantage of either the 7-day free trial or the “1 month for free” option.
Linux OS supported with a native app: Debian, RedHat, and Arch
Surfshark VPN is a great newcomer on the market and making strides to join the leaders one day. This VPN offers excellent security features combined with good speeds for your activities, be it Netflix or other media center streaming, online gaming, torrenting, or simple geo-unblocking.
Surfshark has over 500 servers in 50 countries, which is a relatively small fleet but widespread. We believe that this service is decently priced for what you get in return. The 30-day money-back guarantee is also there to help you make the right decision based on your own experience.
Linux OS supported with a native app: Ubuntu and Debian
Private Internet Access or PIA is one of the cheapest good VPN services. In fact, PIA is one of the top VPNs in 2019. Despite its US jurisdiction, which we don’t consider optimal, PIA has good online security and privacy features to protect you.
This VPN also has fast speeds, which makes it ideal for streaming Netflix and other entertainment platforms, online gaming, and more. One disappointing drawback is the lack of live chat support, which can at times be crucial for a decent online experience. However, the low pricing plans should make up for all your possible technical issues.
Linux OS supported with a native app: Ubuntu 16.04+, Mint 18+, Arch, and Debian
7. ProtonVPN ‣
Yet another new VPN that keeps growing and climbing the VPN rankings. The Switzerland-based ProtonVPN is only a few years old, but it offers top-notch anonymity with a strict no logs policy. Its Secure Core servers can create multi-hops for an extra layer of security. Of course, not all privacy features are available with all the plans.
ProtonVPN has a native Linux command-line app, which is really easy to use. This VPN may not be the best choice for streaming Netflix, but you may be satisfied when using it for torrenting and other online activities. The good news is, you can try ProtonVPN for free. Keep in mind though that each subscription plan has different features, speeds, and general performance. Use the 30-day money-back guarantee as a 30-day free premium trial if you need proof.
Linux OS supported with a native app: Ubuntu 16.04+ and Fedora