Getting a free VPN on arch linux

UPDATE: It seems no longer works. 

UPDATE: Looks like they are back up. 


*Almost all files referenced in this article can be downloaded at the bottom of this article.

Installing the VPN package

Run the following command to install openvpn.

pacman -S openvpn

Installing the configuration files

You should already have a directory located at /etc/openvpn, if not create it. Then make another sub directory within /etc/openvpn named configs. Next download the vpn config bundles from the vpn service you want to use. In this case we will be using They can be downloaded here They should look something like this.

FreeVPN Configs


Next we have to edit each one and replace the line


with these 2 lines

auth-user-pass /etc/openvpn/configs/vpnbook.auth
auth-retry nointeract

in every file.

Creating a password file for automated startup

Create an empty file in your /etc/openvpn/configs directory named vpnbook.auth. Add the username followed by password on the next line to the file. For example:


Creating a very simple vpn service

Create another empty file named vpn.service in /etc/systemd/system and this time add the following to it.


ExecStart=/bin/openvpn --config /etc/openvpn/configs/


Starting the service now and automatically on bootup

Run the following commands.

systemctl start vpn
systemctl enable vpn

Enjoy your free vpn!

To make sure your vpn is running run the command

ip addr

You should see a new adapter tun followed by a number, for example “tun0”. This will show the new IP address associated with that adapter. If you want any applications to use the vpn make sure they bind to this IP.


Download all files: freevpn.

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