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
  1. 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.

passwd osmc

  • 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
sudo apt-get install openvpn

  • I did all the work inside /etc/openvpn You don’t have to but this is how the tutorial is written

cd /etc/openvpn

  • 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 –config ./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

sudo reboot

  • 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

  • or

curl ipinfo.io/ip

  • Now it automatically connects to your VPN on boot up of your system. I hope you find this tutorial helpful

Bruce

Note the best place for help is https://discourse.osmc.tv

Just a quick note; this will work pretty much for any Debian-based Linux. I used the same tutorial for my OpenMediaVault.

22 Replies to “OpenVPN setup for private internet access (PIA VPN) Raspberry Pi 3 OSMC”

  1. Extremely helpful. Thank you very much!

    P.S. the “manger” typo is still in one more not-important spot — the top bullet

  2. Recent versions of OSMC come with connman instead of NetworkManager.
    Does this imply I have to get rid of Connman first and install NetworkManager to follow this tutorial?

  3. This was working perfectly, untill the OSMC update from December 2017. Now the log seems to be indicating that everything works but I don’t have a connection and curl ipinfo.io only works when the vpn is not working. Any idea on what is needed to solve this issue?

  4. Hi, I’m having an issue where it’s telling me:

    Options error: Unrecognized option or missing parameter(s) in pia_useast.conf:1: (pia acc here) (2.3.4)

    Not sure what’s the issue because if I check the conf using sudo nano, it’ll show up as you have it shown above, L1 is the username, L2 is the pw.

    1. That’s a good question I don’t think so I think all traffic goes through openvpn including DNS. Let me do some research but if it does you can always change your DNS to one of PIA DNS servers. Sorry, it took me so long to reply been a bit busy.

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