Proton Technologies launched a new ProtonVPN app for Linux with a fully-featured GUI on Tuesday. The company claims it is the only VPN that offers “a full-featured, open-source, and free Linux application.
Until now, ProtonVPN was available as a command-line Linux tool (CLI), which was also developed alongwith the open-source community. All the other major VPN services, including NordVPN, Surfshark and Express VPN, offer a similar command-line app, which requires a subscription.
The new ProtonVPN app will replace their CLI app for Linux and offer a more full-featured solution with a graphical user interface. It will also feature the following tools.
- Quick Connect
- NetShield Ad-blocker
- Kill Switch/Permanent Kill Switch
- Secure Core
- DNS leak protection
- IPv6 leak protection
- Easy access to our P2P, Tor, and streaming servers
- Linux desktop integration (via NetworkManager)
While the ProtonVPN Linux app is available to everyone, some advanced features are only accessible through the paid plan.
For those who would still like to use the Terminal, a new ProtonVPN CLI replaces the ProtonVPN Community CLI and offers a complete range of available features in the new Linux app. Manual OpenVPN and IKEv2 configuration are still available.
The Switzerland-based company also runs the secure email service Protonmail, which was also the company’s name before ProtonVPN was launched in 2017.
“Proton is a people-first company that exists to serve the community. Our new Linux app is fully open source. You can view the source code here, open issues, or even submit code improvements. Like the rest of our apps, the new ProtonVPN Linux app has also undergone security audits,” Proton Technologies announced on Tuesday.