VPN client for Linux

VPN-Client Global Protect download, installation and configuration for Linux

Load VPN client

Download the VPN client Global Protect for the corresponding package manager of your distribution or as source code from the Software Portal .

Log in to the Software Portal with your user account and password.

For Debian and derivates (eg. Ubuntu):



Install VPN-Client

Install the package with the package manager if your distribution.

For Red Hat, Centos, Fedora, Mandriva, OpenSUSE etc.:

  user@linuxhost:$ sudo rpm -ivh ./GlobalProtect_rpm_x86_...rpm

For Debian and derivates (z. B. Ubuntu):

  user@linuxhost:$ sudo dpkg -i ./GlobalProtect_deb_x86_...deb

After Installation you'll have executable globalprotect accessible from command line.

Configure VPN client

Connect with GlobalProtect to portal v.uol.de.

You have to enter your personal username and password

  user@linuxhost:$ globalprotect connect --portal v.uol.de 
  username: <username>
  password: <password>



Check state of connection

By entering following command you can check state of your vpn connection:

  user@linuxhost:$ globalprotect show --status
  GlobalProtect status: connected

Show connection details

Following parameter shows details about your vpn connection:

  user@linuxhost:$ globalprotect show  --details

  Assigned IP address: (Beispielwert)
  Gateway IP address:
  Protocol: IPSec
  Uptime[sec]: 120 (Beispielwert)

Close connection

To close your vpn connection use following command:

user@linuxhost:$ globalprotect disconnect


Alternative: openconnect

The IT-Dienste cannot provide support for the following alternative. If in doubt, use the GlobalProtect client.

As an alternative to GlobalProtect, you can also use openconnect from version 8.01 to establish a connection. To do this, start a terminal and issue the following command:

  user@linuxhost:$ sudo openconnect --protocol=gp v.uol.de

Your user name and password will be requested in the following dialog.

Leave the terminal window open for the duration of the session. Use the key combination Ctrl + c to close the VPN connection again.

If openconnect is not available, it is very likely that you can install it using the package manager of your distribution. To do this you need the rights of the system administrator (sudo or root).

Older versions of openconnect

If only an older version of openconnect is available. you can try to establish a connection with the following command:

  user @ linuxhost: $ sudo openconnect -v --authgroup Default -u uniLoginNameHere vpn.uni-oldenburg.de

Please note that this variant leads to an old VPN gateway. This is switched off in the course of the year due to age. In the event of a failure, there are only extremely limited repair options here.

(Changed: 19 Jan 2024)  | 
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