If you’re using Windows, macOS, Android, or even iOS, you should count yourself lucky that every app you download comes with a graphical user interface by default. But the fact is that Linux users aren’t so lucky. GUI apps for Linux are still quite uncommon because Linux itself relies so much on the Command Line Interface.
Not every Linux user prefers to use the command line interface all the time. It can get incredibly tedious when it comes to connecting to a VPN server and having to type in multiple commands again and again. But thanks to Surfshark, this problem has now been sorted!
You’ll be glad to know that Surfshark has launched a proper full-fledged app with a detailed GUI interface for you to use on Linux. In fact, many tech experts in their Surfshark VPN review have praised its revolutionary new GUI app for Linux, regarding it as a hallmark for all Linux users wanting to secure their devices even further.
In this blog, we’ll talk all about the new GUI app that Surfshark VPN has launched for Linux and whether it really does live up to the hype or not.
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Surfshark VPN’s Exciting New GUI App For Linux
So, this great new GUI app for Linux is available for three different Kernels so far: Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and above, Debian 11 and above, and Mint 20 and above. The GUI resembles the Windows and Mac apps heavily to create a seamless cross-platform user experience.
Here are some of the features that Linux users can expect from the new Surfshark VPN GUI app.
- Favoriting a server/servers.
- Recently used server history.
- MultiHop and other static server options.
- Seamless VPN state transitions and powerful troubleshooting.
- WireGuard supported.
- Adblocker enabled.
- Malware detector enabled.
- Dark mode toggle.
Background Features & Future Features
Some of the features that you can expect to be available right now are:
- IPv6 Support
- DNS Leak Protection
- No-Logs Policy
But that’s not all. There are many brilliant features planned for future releases, such as auto-connection, kill switch, and such. Surfshark has also promised that its team is constantly working on bringing this new GUI app to Linux distros other than Ubuntu, Debian, and Mint. So, you can probably expect the GUI to be available for Kali Linux and other distros in the near future.
How To Install Surfshark VPN GUI On Linux?
Here’s a short guide on how to install Surfshark VPN GUI App on Your Linux PC. We will also look at how to make sure that your connection was successful.
- First, go to the Surfshark website and download the Surfshark VPN package.
- Once the package is done downloading, open the Terminal on your Linux PC.
- Enter the following command: “sudo apt install ./path/to/downloaded/link”
- Then enter the following command: “sudo apt update”
- Finally, enter this command: “sudo apt install surfshark”
Now, your Surfshark GUI App is in the process of installation. Do keep in mind that the Surfshark app will always update automatically. But if you wish to handle the update process manually, you can do that too. Here’s how you can do that. All you need is two commands:
- “sudo apt update”
- “sudo apt upgrade”
Now that everything is set up, all you need to do is launch the Surfshark application. It has a complete interface that you can utilize just like it does on other platforms.
Once the app is launched, simply choose the server you would like to connect to (ex: the US) and click “connect”. You can even use the quick-connect feature if you don’t have a preference and just want to secure your connection.
You will also find features such as protocols including OpenVPN and WireGuard. If you prefer your VPN to be fully secure and transfer data losslessly, then we recommend choosing OpenVPN. But you might experience a slower connection as a result.
In contrast, if you prefer your VPN to be quick, you can choose WireGuard. It is quite secure and will ensure that you get the fastest speeds possible.
You will also find the CleanWeb feature, which you can utilize. It basically works like an ad-blocker. It will block malicious ads and links from popping up and harming your PC. We recommend keeping it enabled.
Wrapping It Up:
That’s about it. Congratulations. You have configured Surfshark VPN’s new GUI app on your Linux device. Now, you can browse websites, torrent, and even stream in peace. Surfshark VPN will ensure that your data traffic is fully encrypted and safe from any hackers.