How to Install MozillaVPN on Ubuntu 24.04/22.04/20.04 Linux

MozillaVPN is a robust and user-friendly solution for enhancing online privacy and security. This guide will demonstrate how to install MozillaVPN on Ubuntu 24.04, 22.04, or 20.04, catering to newcomers and seasoned users. Mozilla’s commitment to privacy is evident in its VPN service, offering security and speed.

Key Features of Mozilla VPN:

  • Enhanced Privacy: Utilizes advanced WireGuard® protocol for superior privacy protection.
  • Fast Speeds: Optimized for rapid connections, ensuring minimal impact on browsing speed.
  • No Bandwidth Restrictions: Offers unlimited bandwidth for uninterrupted streaming and browsing.
  • Device Compatibility: Supports various devices, including Windows, iOS, Android, and Linux.
  • Global Network: Access to servers in over 30 countries for reliable and diverse connections.
  • No Logs Policy: Strict adherence to a no-logging policy, ensuring your online activities remain private.

With Mozilla VPN, you can confidently browse the web with enhanced security and privacy. It is also important that Mozilla VPN is a subscription-based service that provides extensive, unlimited protection for a maximum of five devices. The software does not offer a free service type.

Now, let’s proceed using the command-line terminal to install the MozillaVPN software on your system. We will cover a few various build options with LaunchPAD PPAs.

Import MozillaVPN PPA

Update the Ubuntu System before MozillaVPN Installation

Before proceeding with the MozillaVPN installation, updating your Ubuntu system is crucial. This step is essential to prevent any issues during the installation process.

Execute the following commands in your terminal:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

These commands will update the list of available packages and their versions and then upgrade the installed packages to their latest versions.

Importing MozillaVPN Repositories

MozillaVPN offers various PPA (Personal Package Archive) installation options. The stable repository, which provides a reliable version of MozillaVPN, is the recommended choice for most users.

Stable MozillaVPN Repository

To import the stable MozillaVPN PPA, use the following command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillacorp/mozillavpn -y

This command adds the official MozillaVPN stable repository to your system.

Testing MozillaVPN Repository

For users interested in testing new features, the MozillaVPN testing repository is available:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:okirby/mozilla-vpn-testing -y

This repository contains pre-release versions of MozillaVPN for testing purposes.

Nightly MozillaVPN Repository

The nightly repository is updated daily with the latest development changes:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:okirby/mozilla-vpn-nightly -y

Note: This VPN PPA is updated daily, you must ensure you check for updates daily. For most users, do not use this repository, instead use the stable or testing.

Step 3: Refreshing APT Package Index

After adding the desired MozillaVPN repository, refresh your APT package index. This ensures your system’s package cache synchronizes with the newly added PPA. Run the following command:

sudo apt update

This command updates the package lists for upgrades, both for packages that need upgrading and for new packages that have just come to the repositories.

Finalize MozillaVPN Installation

Install MozillaVPN Using the APT Command

With the MozillaVPN PPA successfully imported, the next step is to install MozillaVPN on your system. This is done using the APT package manager, a powerful and commonly used tool in Ubuntu for managing packages. Execute the following command in your terminal:

sudo apt install mozillavpn

Verifying the Installation of MozillaVPN

Once the installation process is complete, it’s essential to verify that MozillaVPN is correctly installed on your system. To confirm the installation and check the installed version of MozillaVPN, enter the following command in your terminal:

mozillavpn --version

This command will display the version of MozillaVPN currently installed on your system, confirming the successful installation.

Launching MozillaVPN

CLI Commands to Launch MozillaVPN

For users who prefer working directly in the terminal, or if the terminal window used for installation is still open, you can launch MozillaVPN immediately using a simple command.

Type and enter the following command in your terminal:

mozillavpn

GUI Method to Launch MozillaVPN

For those who prefer a graphical user interface (GUI), MozillaVPN can also be launched through its application icon. This method is user-friendly and convenient for those less accustomed to command-line operations. To open MozillaVPN using the GUI, follow these steps:

  1. Click on ‘Activities’ at the top left corner of your screen.
  2. Select ‘Show Applications’ to view the list of installed applications.
  3. Scroll through the applications or use the search function to find ‘MozillaVPN’.

Managing MozillaVPN

Update MozillaVPN

To keep MozillaVPN up-to-date along with your system’s other APT packages, use the following standard APT commands in your terminal. These commands will check for and apply available updates not just for MozillaVPN but for all software managed by APT on your system:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

sudo apt update refreshes your package lists, while sudo apt upgrade applies the latest updates to your installed packages, ensuring your system runs securely and efficiently.

Remove MozillaVPN

If you decide to uninstall MozillaVPN, the process is straightforward. Begin by removing the software using this command:

sudo apt remove mozillavpn

This command will safely uninstall MozillaVPN from your system.

If you are sure you won’t be reinstalling MozillaVPN, it’s also a good practice to remove the PPA (Personal Package Archive) you imported initially. This step helps in maintaining a clean and secure system.

Use one of the following commands based on the PPA you added:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:mozillacorp/mozillavpn -y
sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:okirby/mozilla-vpn-testing -y
sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:okirby/mozilla-vpn-nightly -y

Conclusion

This guide has covered the steps of installing MozillaVPN on Ubuntu 24.04, 22.04, or 20.04 LTS distribution versions, from installation to updates and removal. As a final recommendation, always ensure MozillaVPN is up to date to benefit from the latest features and security enhancements. Remember to explore different server locations for optimal performance and consider setting up auto-start for convenience.

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