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NordVPN Indicator

Postby Arjen Balfoort » 31 Mar 2019 09:51

I've been using NordVPN for a while now but on Linux it wasn't always easy to select the fastest server. Fortunately, NordVPN created the NordVPN for Linux application. Yes, it is closed source and I asked them to reconsider. They answered but, as I expected, they are not going to release it under a GPL license. I can understand why: the application comes with a data file and I suspect it is filled with corporation sensitive information of the available servers. If you don't like closed source on your computer, this is not for you and there are other ways to connect to a NordVPN server.

If you like the convenience of automatically connecting to the fastest NordVPN server, then I would recommend using this application. The application is a terminal application which is fine. However, in a graphical environment, there is no indication that you are connected to or worse, disconnected from, a NordVPN server. So, I created a script for my own use. I've been using it for a while now and I'm very happy with it.

I decided to package it in case there are people who use NordVPN and the Linux application. You can install it with this command:

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apt install nordvpn-indicator
The source is available here: https://github.com/SolydXK/nordvpn-indicator
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Re: NordVPN Indicator

Postby nuts2u » 31 Mar 2019 20:29

I also have been a NordVPN user for quite sometime. This app you've created is really, really good. Thank you very much for creating this much needed app.


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Re: NordVPN Indicator

Postby ilu » 01 Apr 2019 16:48

Just always remember that by using a VPN you have to trust the vpn provider and the government that reigns him instead of your local internet provider and the government that reigns him. It's a trade-off and whether thats good or bad depends on your local situation.

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Re: NordVPN Indicator

Postby nuts2u » 01 Apr 2019 18:19

This is why I chose NordVPN as my vpn provider. They are based in Panama, so they are not accountable to the Five Eye countries. They keep no logs. I am not doing anything illegal, but I do not want the NSA,CIA, or Lord knows what other US Government agency spying/snooping on my Internet traffic. Even if they were to serve Nordvpn with a court order (which is impossible because the US courts have no jurisdiction in Panama or if a Panama court were to order release of Nordvpn's log files, they would be empty because Nord Does Not Log any traffic. My renewal is coming up in May and I'll be renewing then. Nord'd linux native app is really good plus Arjen's script/app is the frosting on the cake.

Again...Thank you to Arjen for creating and releasing his indicator app.


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Re: NordVPN Indicator

Postby tadream » 08 May 2019 20:00

NordVPN Indicator is something I've long been looking for, thank you!

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Re: NordVPN Indicator

Postby eric65 » 14 May 2019 10:00

I am using PureVPN can you please create a similar script for this app too?

https://www.purevpn.com/download/linux-vpn/

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Re: NordVPN Indicator

Postby Arjen Balfoort » 14 May 2019 18:19

I'm sorry but that's simply too much work.
I created this indicator because I am a NordVPN user.


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Re: NordVPN Indicator

Postby EvanLee » 02 Jan 2020 05:46

I've used both, NordVPN and Cyberghost vpn - i feel Nordvpn is better option as per the pricing.
Depends what you prefer. In terms of security - they will both be almost the same.
I do find some servers on Nordvpn a little inconsistent at times but it's very few and far between.
Importantly Nordvpn is continuously adding the features improving its performance and service and i am glad to continue with it. You can go for the Nordvpn free trail first if you would like to try it. Here you get more details about Nordvpn free trail https://www.reviewsed.com/nordvpn-free-trial/

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Re: NordVPN Indicator

Postby Arjen Balfoort » 02 Jan 2020 09:11

Please, keep to the topic. This topic is about the NordVPN Indicator and any issues with the indicator, not about which VPN service is better.


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Re: NordVPN Indicator

Postby Emre81 » 28 Feb 2020 11:17

Where would I start if I wanted to learn to make something like your "fastest server"? The reason I ask is because I currently have used this guide for OpenVPN on Android but I have several profiles and would love to be able to connect to the fastest server automatically.

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Re: NordVPN Indicator

Postby Arjen Balfoort » 28 Feb 2020 12:49

I simply run "nordvpn c" from the indicator and let nordvpn handle the selection of the fastest server.

If you want to learn more about usage of the NordVPN API, you can start here:
https://blog.sleeplessbeastie.eu/2019/0 ... rdvpn-api/


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Re: NordVPN Indicator

Postby susanjohn1 » 19 Jun 2020 15:41

Hey, Please guide us on how we can create this package for other VPNs too as I don't have NordVPN subscription :( Currently, I'm using FastestVPN https://fastestvpn.com/download/vpn-for-linux and I didn't find anything like that in their resources and if you share the guidance so we can try to install the package by using only one single command, as like me most of the people is not too much tech geek especially on Linux OS.
looking forward to your positive response :)

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Re: NordVPN Indicator

Postby Arjen Balfoort » 19 Jun 2020 17:01

No, I am not planning to develop other VPN indicators.

The source is available at github: https://github.com/abalfoort/nordvpn-indicator
So, feel free to use that as a base.


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Re: NordVPN Indicator

Postby nuts2u » 20 Jun 2020 17:04

The latest version of Nordvpn-Indicator (ver 1.8.7) is an example of programming EXCELLENCE . This app totally rocks!!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:


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Re: NordVPN Indicator

Postby nuts2u » 04 Jul 2020 20:51

Quick question. I restored my system from a recent backup, and now the nordvpn-indicaor app will not allow me to login to nord....I can login via a terminal window, but even then the nordvpn-indicator still asks me to login to nordvpn and then says "timeout error". I'm entering my username and password but no go. I'm running ver 1.8.7 of the app. Any help would be appreciated...Thanks


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Re: NordVPN Indicator

Postby nuts2u » 05 Jul 2020 00:16

Found the problem. App works perfectly.....I had forgot to set autoconnect enable in the terminal. Once I did that the app is back working correctly.


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Re: NordVPN Indicator

Postby Arjen Balfoort » 05 Jul 2020 06:20

But still, you should be able to login when the indicator asks for credentials.
I'll look into it when I have the time.


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Re: NordVPN Indicator

Postby nuts2u » 05 Jul 2020 14:36

I took a look at your python login module, you really put alot of effort into that ....however it is a very simple fix to issue from a terminal window "nordvpn set autoconnect enable", after that your app works perfectly. You be the judge....
Your app is now one of my "Must Have" applications....thank you for creating and supporting this great app!!!


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