The new beta PIA app is very impressive (Linux)

If you have Private Internet Access VPN I recommend trying the beta app. Not only is it beautiful but it is completely open-source now. Prior to using the beta application I would have to do a couple extra steps on the stable application to work proper in KDE Neon. It wasn’t a big deal it was more cosmetic than anything but still drove me nuts this was the Issue and fix. I hope they continue to use the same look on the new beta app and don’t change it that much it looks perfect the way it is. The little logo of the man to show that you were connected or not connected has changed for the better in my opinion.


Here’s something interesting VPN Killswitch has a new feature called Auto from what I’m understanding if you lose connection with your VPN on Auto you will not leak out. If you have the kill switch set to off if you lose your VPN connection it will route back to your normal IP address. Always on setting network will only work if the VPN is on. If the vpn is no on or running you will not get outside traffic at all. A cool new feature if you have lan (local area network) set up in the app you can browse your local network with always on kill switch but then again that is not going out to wan (wide area network) so your good to go.

If you are running the stable version of the VPN app v82 and would like to try the beta here’s the instructions to remove the stable version and install the beta. Thank you PIAThomas on Reddit for the instructions.

Uninstall v82 before installing the beta. Open up a terminal and you’re going to remove some files with the some commands. First off turn off the private internet application by right-clicking the icon and hitting the quit button. It is best to just copy and paste the commands below

  1. rm -rf ~/.config/PrivateInternetAccess
  2. rm ~/.local/share/applications/pia_manager.desktop
  3. sudo rm -rf /opt/pia
  4. rm -rf ~/.pia_manager/

If all works its time to install the new beta The instructions are fairly straightforward.



How to fix icons in icon tray for private internet access application.

When you download the application, the images are already in there, but they’re not sized properly and won’t work well with some GUIs.

For me, I would get a green box like so.

  • First off, you will need a program called imagemagick. In an Ubuntu-based Linux, open up your terminal and type in the following command to install imagemagick:

$ sudo apt-get update

$ sudo apt-get install imagemagick

  • Once that is done, keep your terminal open and type in the following command. The proper directory that contains the images:

$ cd /opt/pia/frontend/img

  • You can use this command to make sure you’re in the right spot:

$ ls

  • You need to make a new folder of that directory with the following command (to save the original images this just to be on the safe side if you want to restore the images):

$ sudo mkdir img_bak

  • This command will create a backup of all your images and will put it into the folder we just created (img_bak):

$ sudo cp *png img_bak

  • With the next command, you are going to edit the images (resizing them to properly display in the tray):

$ sudo mogrify -resize 24×24 tray_disconnected.png

$ sudo mogrify -resize 24×24 tray_connecting.png

$ sudo mogrify -resize 24×24 tray_connected.png

  • Now it should display correctly. Here is an image of my terminal (so you can see step-by-step instructions):

In order to display their logo, you need to follow the same steps for KDE neon and Kubuntu. The current Private Internet Access application I did this on was pia-v81.

KDE neon

Made the jump to KDE Neon User Edition. I’m wanting to say 4 months ago. Had no issues installing everything works out of the box. What I really liked about it was there was nothing really installed as in programs. You get Firefox for the web Okular as your document viewer, VLC For your media player and Gwenview To view images, and Of course Dolphin as your file manager and your Software Center is Discover. That’s pretty much it the rest is up to you to install which I think is great.