Note: This guide is for Kinetic (22.10). For newer versions of Vanilla OS, refer to for the latest documentation.


This guide provides a step-by-step process for installing an OpenVPN file graphically without using the terminal. It helps users who may be uncomfortable with command-line interfaces or who prefer a more user-friendly approach.

Press the Windows/Super key.

Search for “VPN” or “vpn” in the search.

Search for vpn

Select “Network” from the Settings search result.

This will bring you to the “Network” panel interface.

Alternatively, you can directly navigate to the “Network” panel by opening Settings from the Control Center in the top right corner.

Importing the OpenVPN file

Once you have navigated to the Network panel, click on the plus (+) button beside the VPN.

Plus Button beside VPN

Various options will be displayed in the menu, select “Import from file…

This will open a Files dialogue box to select the file to import.

Select the .ovpn config file downloaded from your VPN provider.

This will install the OpenVPN profile on your computer.

Note: You may be prompted to enter login credentials after installing the OpenVPN configuration file.


You can now successfully connect to the OpenVPN profile seamlessly.