How to set up a PPTP VPN connection on Fedora?

This tutorial will show you how to setup a PPTP VPN connection on Fedora Linux workstation. The guide uses Fedora Linux 33 for demonstration purposes.

To set up a PPTP VPN connection on Fedora, you will need:

  • A secure FastVPN connection (Don’t have one? Sign up here!);
  • Access to your FastVPN account panel in order to get your network credentials and server list.
Follow the steps below to configure a PPTP VPN connection on Fedora 33:

1. Select the Network icon in the upper right corner and choose Settings in the bottom left corner:

Green arrow points to settings on a Linux Fedora Workstation

2. Choose Wired connection and click on WiredSettings:

A green arrow points to wired settings within Fedora 33

3. In the Network settings window, click on the "+" button to add the connection:

A green arrow points to a plus symbol that must be clicked to add VPN to Fedora 33

4.  Choose Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) for the VPN type:



5. Enter the details as given below:

  • Name: any name you prefer that helps you easily identify the VPN connection (e.g. NCVPN);
  • Gateway: your preferred server from the FastVPN account panel (e.g. prg-c17.vpn.wlvpn.com);
  • User name: your  FastVPN account username from the FastVPN account panel (username@namecheap);
  • Password: your FastVPN account password from the FastVPN account panel.


6. When the fields are filled in correctly, click on Advanced…


Put the check mark next to Use Point-to-Point encryption (PPTP) and click OK:


Then click Add:


7. Now you can see the FastVPN in the connection list on the left side of the Network settings window:



8. To connect to the VPN click on the Network icon in the upper right corner and select the VPN connection:


Click Connect:



9. Wait a bit until it is connected. After the VPN connection is established, you will see the lock icon on the top bar. Also, if you check the status of the FastVPN connection in the Network settings window, it will be Connected:


10. To check if your IP address is changed successfully, open the browser and enter https://www.namecheap.com/vpn/what-is-my-ip


11. If a PPTP connection was not established, please open your main desktop. Select and click the Terminal icon from the screen:



You will be redirected to the Terminal window spawning a new shell and waiting for further input. Make sure the terminal window is in focus and enter the following command:

echo net.netfilter.nf_conntrack_helper=1 | sudo tee /etc/sysctl.d/98-nf_conntrack.conf


Press the Enter key and reboot the machine.

To connect to the VPN, please repeat Step 8.


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