Updated July 18 2018
I recently started using OSMC on my Raspberry Pi. I also have an account with private internet access which is, by the way, the best VPN service you can get hands down in my opinion. This tutorial will show you how to setup OpenVPN to connect to private internet access at boot up of your OSMC / Debian-based Linux.
- Things to do
- Enable SSH on OSMC /Debian-based Linux, update, upgrade, install network-manager-openvpn, and install openvpn.
If you do not know what SSH is Google is your friend. Secure Shell. I’m going to leave out some stuff because I assume you already know the basics
and I don’t want to turn this tutorial into a book such as how to find your IP address on your OSMC box how to SSH and etcetera. However, if you have questions leave comments and I would be more than happy to help you there are no dumb questions. A helpful link Accessing the command line on OSMC,
Okay SSH into your OSMC/Debian-based Linux If this is the first time SSHing into your OSMC I HIGHLY recommend changing the default password of the OSMC. The default Login and Password is osmc. To do so Type in your SSH Client:
- now we start It’s always a good idea to have your OSMC up-to-date and we are going to install OpenVPN:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get install network-manager-openvpn NetworkManager conflicts with ConnMan which is the network manager that comes with osmc.
sudo apt-get install openvpn (Note there shouldn’t be any need to install openvpn anymore, should be there by default.)
- I did all the work inside /etc/openvpn You don’t have to but this is how the tutorial is written:
- Download private internet access VPN zip and unzip:
sudo wget https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/openvpn/openvpn.zip
sudo unzip openvpn.zip
- Now try and connect to the VPN of your choice ending in ovpn. For me, I’m going to be using Sweden.ovpn (note If you choose one of the files that has spaces in it like example UK London.ovpn rename it to Something that has no spaces in it for example UK London.ovpn to UK_London.ovpn. To do that #sudo mv UK\ London.ovpn /etc/openvpn/UK_London.ovpn):
sudo openvpn ./Sweden.ovpn
- It’ll ask you for your username and password. Enter these and hopefully, you get ‘Initialization Sequence Completed’. you need to press CTRL -c to cancel the sequence and take control again. After this, you need to change the config to keep your User and Password in it:
sudo nano /etc/openvpn/login.conf
Add 2 lines for login and password line one is going to be your private internet access login and line two is going to be your password. To save and exit Nano press CTRL -x it will ask you to save it type Y
- Set the proper permissions for the conf file:
sudo chmod 400 /etc/openvpn/login.conf
- Create a new config file with the Sweden information from the Sweden.ovpn And we’re going to name the new config file pia_sweden.conf:
sudo cp Sweden.ovpn /etc/openvpn/pia_sweden.conf
- By adding the new line OpenVPN automatically knows where to grab the password:
sudo nano /etc/openvpn/pia_sweden.conf
- At the line auth-user-pass add login.conf so it looks exactly like auth-user-pass login.conf
- Now let’s see if all our work paid off. Your username and password are automatically accepted:
sudo openvpn pia_sweden.conf
- You should get the ‘Initialization Sequence Completed’ again and no interaction. press CTRL -c to stop it.
- To make it work on start up we need to change the startup file for openvpn. and add a line to it AUTOSTART=pia_sweden:
sudo nano /etc/default/openvpn
- Now reboot your OSMC:
- Then to make sure it’s working and to find your external IP. log back in via SSH:
wget http://ipecho.net/plain -O – -q ; echo
- Now it automatically connects to your VPN on boot up of your system. I hope you find this tutorial helpful
- I would like to thank Tom Doyle for getting me up to speed on some of the changes so there won’t be conflicting issues shutting up your VPN. He also gave us a solution for DNS leaks thank you, Tom for the help!
- preventing dns-leaks, this can be done as follows:
sudo apt-get install openresolv
- Add the following to the bottom of pia_sweden.conf: