Install Private Internet Access (PIA) on Kali 2017.1

I struggled installing Private Internet Access’ vpn in Kali a few different times using their Linux installer, and decided to share the super-simple way I got it to work.


  1. Make sure you have your /etc/apt/sources.list file populated with the correct values. These are the ones I used
    deb kali-rolling main contrib non-free
    deb-src kali-rolling main contrib non-free
  2. apt-get update
  3. apt-get install network-manager network-manager-openvpn network-manager-gnome network-manager-openvpn-gnome
  4. edit /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf and set managed=true (in the [ifupdown] section)
  5. mkdir OpenVPN-setup-PIA
  6. cd OpenVPN-setup-PIA
  7. wget
  8. unzip
  9. shutdown -r now
  10. Open NetworkManager and create a new VPN connection
    1. Hit the + and select “Import from file”.
    2. Clear the :1198 from the gateway.
    3. Click the Advanced button and change the default port from 1194 to 1198
  11. Put enter your username/password & click ‘Add’
  12. Connect!

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