Using Meshnet on Linux

Learn how to use Meshnet via the NordVPN application on your Linux device.

Before you begin

Verify that you have NordVPN installed on your device.
Meshnet is available for these Linux distributions:
  • Debian, Ubuntu, Elementary OS, and Linux Mint
  • Fedora and QubesOS
  • RHEL and CentOS
  • openSUSE

Enable Meshnet on Linux

Complete the following steps to turn on Meshnet on your device:
  1. 1.
    Open the Linux terminal.
  2. 2.
    Type the following command and press Enter:
    nordvpn set meshnet on
You should now see a message confirming that you've enabled Meshnet:
Dispalaying the nordvpn set meshnet on command in the terminal
When connected to Meshnet, your device is assigned a unique Nord name and a Meshnet IP address, both of which you can use to access the device from other linked devices.

Add your devices to Meshnet

Add more of your devices to connect them over Meshnet:
  1. 1.
    Install the NordVPN app on the device you want to connect to Meshnet.
  2. 2.
    Log in to your NordVPN account.
  3. 3.
    Turn on Meshnet.
Once you enable Meshnet on your other devices, they should connect automatically.
Meshnet allows you to add up to 10 devices that use the same NordVPN account.

View your Meshnet device list

To view a list of your Meshnet devices, run the following command:
nordvpn meshnet peer list
Viewing local Meshnet devices
Alternatively, you can view a list of linked devices for each of your devices on the Nord Account website. To access this feature:
  1. 1.
    Log in to your Nord account dashboard.
  2. 2.
    Navigate to NordVPN.
  3. 3.
    Under Meshnet, select See your devices:
A list of linked devices is displayed at the Nord account dashboard in the Meshnet section

Remove your device from Meshnet

If you want to unlink your device from Meshnet, you can use either the CLI (command-line interface) or the GUI method, as explained below.

Unlinking devices via CLI

Enter the following command, where <device> is the device’s Nord name or Meshnet IP address:
nordvpn meshnet peer remove <device>
Removing Meshnet device

Unlinking devices via the Nord Account dashboard

  1. 1.
    Go to the Nord Account website and log in to your NordVPN account.
  2. 2.
    Navigate to NordVPN, and then select See your devices under Meshnet.
  3. 3.
    Find the device that you want to remove another device from and select See linked devices next to it.
  4. 4.
    Next to the name of the device you want to remove, click Unlink device.
    The pointer hovers over the Unlink button
  5. 5.
    Confirm that you want to unlink the device by clicking Unlink.
To link the device back, restart Meshnet on the unlinked device.

Next steps

You can invite other NordVPN users to join your Meshnet. To learn more, see Linking devices in Meshnet.
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