How To Install Pritunl VPN Server on AlmaLinux 8

Install Pritunl VPN Server on AlmaLinux 8

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Pritunl VPN Server on AlmaLinux 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Pritunl VPN is currently one of the most secure open-source VPN tools that can be used for multi-cloud VPN peering. Pritunl VPN server uses MongoDB and can be deployed on any cloud infrastructure.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Pritunl VPN on AlmaLinux 8. You can follow the same instructions for Rocky Linux.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: AlmaLinux 8.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Pritunl VPN Server on AlmaLinux 8

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

sudo dnf update
sudo dnf install epel-release

Step 2. Installing MongoDB Server.

Run the following command to add MongoDB repository:

sudo tee /etc/yum.repos.d/mongodb-org-4.2.repo<<EOF
name=MongoDB Repository

Once is done, install MongoDB using the following command:

sudo dnf install mongodb-org

After that, start and enable MongoDB services:

sudo systemctl start mongod
sudo systemctl enable mongod

Step 3. Installing Pritunl VPN Server on AlmaLinux 8.

Now we add the Pritunl repository to your system:

sudo tee /etc/yum.repos.d/pritunl.repo << EOF
name=Pritunl Repository

Next, add Pritunl VPN GPG key:

sudo gpg --keyserver hkp:// --recv-keys 7568D9BB55FF9E5287D586017AE645C0CF8E292A
sudo gpg --armor --export 7568D9BB55FF9E5287D586017AE645C0CF8E292A > key.tmp; sudo rpm --import key.tmp; rm -f key.tmp

Once is done, install Pritunl using the following command below:

sudo dnf install pritunl

Then, you can set up the start, stop and enable the Pritunl VPN server to automatically start up when the server boots:

sudo systemctl stop pritunl
sudo systemctl start pritunl

Step 4. Accessing Pritunl Web Interface.

Once succesfully installation, open your web browser and access the Pritunl web Interface using the URL https://your-server-ipaddress. You should see the following screen:

Install Pritunl VPN Server on AlmaLinux 8

But before then, let’s acquire keys used to authenticate The Database:

sudo pritunl setup-key

When accessing the web interface, the following interface will be displayed. Paste the output of the previous command into “Enter the setup key“Field and save

You will be redirected to a login page asking for a username and password. Use the following command to obtain credentials from the server:

sudo pritunl default-password

Now login with the default username and password, and set up your environment from Pritunl dashboard.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Pritunl VPN. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Pritunl VPN Server on your AlmaLinux 8 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Pritunl website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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