Tested: ExpressVPN OpenVPN Manual Configuration for openSUSE 42.2 Part 1

ExpressVPN provides dedicated software packages for Ubuntu, Fedora, and Debian. They also provide manual OpenVPN configuration steps for Linux. OpenSUSE 42.2 is preinstalled with OpenVPN, so users can set up an ExpressVPN connection from the Terminal using the same procedure outlined in the ExpressVPN support page for Manual Configuration.

Note: Users can get their unique OpenVPN Username and Password by accessing the ExpressVPN e-mail sent with setup instructions. Clicking the setup link opens the ExpressVPN support page with options to display configuration instructions.

This article uses openSUSE 42.2 Gnome.

To set up an ExpressVPN OpenVPN connection using Terminal:

1. Take note of your OpenVPN Username and Password, and download the OpenVPN configuration files from the ExpressVPN support site. 

For this example, OpenVPN configuration files for Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and Tokyo were used.

2. On Terminal, run the following command:

openvpn --config <configuration filename>

Note: If for some reason you're not sure if OpenVPN is installed on your openSUSE system, check if the openvpn software package is installed by running zypper info openvpn.

3. Enter the OpenVPN Username and Password when prompted.

Note: The username and password for OpenVPN connections for ExpressVPN is different from your ExpressVPN username and password.  Moreover, a different username and password is used when setting up an ExpressVPN PPTP and L2TP-IPSec connection.

4. Allow the system to connect to the ExpressVPN remote server. A connection is established once the message Initialization Sequence Completed is displayed in the output.

Using OpenVPN from the Terminal in openSUSE 42.2 is considerably slower than using the dedicated ExpressVPN applications for Fedora and Ubuntu so don't be surprised if the connection takes awhile to even establish a handshake. Moreover, once the connection has been made, monitor network access regularly since packet loss and drops can be frequent depending on your location and your selected server.

Note: The provided .rpm file from ExpressVPN is written for CentOS and Fedora, but will actually successfully install on openSUSE via zypper or YaST2. Unfortunately, the included ExpressVPN daemon doesn't run on openSUSE, and although there are probably workarounds to this issue, it's not recommended for production or home use.


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