Autostart Surfshark on login

I’m using Surfshark ,is it possible to start Surfshark automatically when I start my PC?

Hello kiekeboe,

I use XFCE and have there in the “Settings” -> “Session and startup behavior” - there is certainly also for Gnome. There in the tab “Automatically started applications” I can create / place their own entries.
Is that what you are looking for?

I use KDE plasma?

Let’s try a web search:

and that leads to:

Wow, that was quick! :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:


or a search from System Settings :man_shrugging:

That would imply the user knows that System Settings exists. :wink:

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Let me tell first that I’m a beginner.And I know System Settings :wink: My problem is that have to start Surfshark in a terminal…first I must give my password,then I must chose the server and then I’ve to chose between TCP or UDP, so my question is how can I do that?

Oh, wait, this is a paid-for VPN service. That means they have their own customer support:

It’s likely you can set up a VPN profile using Network Manager, for example:

I had contact with customer support of Surfshark,they have only a method for Debian based distro’s.

Reading it appears this VPN uses OpenVPN so you can configure it using Network Manager (via the networkmanager-openvpn plugin).

Ask customer support for the relevant OpenVPN settings.

If they don’t support Arch-based distributions then you might want to find a provider that does.

This is what they send me:

1. Create auth.txt file inside /etc/openvpn directory via this command:

sudo gedit /etc/openvpn/auth.txt
Fill it with your SurfShark Service Credentials:



Save it.

2. Then open the file which you are using to establish a connection:

sudo gedit /etc/openvpn/

And change this line:



auth-user-pass auth.txt

Save the file and change its name:

sudo mv /etc/openvpn/ /etc/openvpn/ca-mon.conf

3. Then you will have to edit the startup on boot file via this command:

sudo gedit /etc/default/openvpn

When the text editor opens, add this line above #AUTOSTART=“all”:


Save the file and reboot your Linux device.

4. After the reboot - open the terminal and type in:

sudo traceroute

The first hop address should be and in you should see Canada Montreal servers IP address.
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Welcome aboard!
As long as you are using EndeavourOS replacing the word gedit with nano should work here.

I replaced gedit with nano, everything runs fine until point 3, if it opens openvnp, it’s empty, I entered 'AUTOSTART = “ca-mon” ,saved it and then when I execute point 4 (sudo traceroute I get error “sudo: traceroute: command not found”

Install traceroute:

sudo pacman -Syu traceroute
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Error is gone,but no connection with Surfshark ?

Does ip a show a tunnel?
something like :

3: tun0: <POINTOPOINT,MULTICAST,NOARP,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc fq_codel state UNKNOWN group default qlen 500
    inet **.***.***.*/24 scope global tun0
       valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
    inet6 ****::****::****::****::****/64scope link stable-privacy

Is your user member of group openvpn/nm-openvpn?
(Maybe the developer uses a different group entry, due to being proprietary as far as I understand)

[willy@willy-precisionworkstationt3500 ~]$ sudo traceroute
[sudo] wachtwoord voor willy: 
traceroute to (, 30 hops max, 60 byte packets
 1  _gateway (  8.290 ms  8.260 ms  8.244 ms
 2  * * *
 3  * * *
 4  * * *
 5 (  28.767 ms  33.466 ms  32.289 ms
 6 (  34.569 ms  30.714 ms  31.810 ms
 7 (  31.793 ms (  14.779 ms (  20.056 ms
 8 (  18.895 ms (  24.307 ms (  17.888 ms
 9 (  22.448 ms  21.797 ms  20.371 ms
[willy@willy-precisionworkstationt3500 ~]$ sudo surfshark-vpn status
Not connected to Surfshark VPN

that is what I recive after ‘sudo traceroute’

How do you use surfshark-vpn with Endavour OS? I couldn’t make it work.

Install surfshark-gui-bin from aur .

I am using Surfshark now for about 3 years.

On Gitlab i have an example how to add surfshark (or other vpn services) manualy to your system.
I got this from a thread from the puppylinux forum a while ago.

Personaly i use this for my puppylinux installation.
Normaly i use network-manager to add .ovpn files to connect with surfshark, and auto connect at boot.

I am using mainly xfce4, openbox and i3wm desktops.