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Gnome Network Manager VPN Tab Disabled ( Greyed out )

Gnome Network Manager Cisco PPTP VPN Connections

Fig.01: Gnome Network Manager Cisco PPTP VPN Connections

The Add tab is greyed out when required plugins are not installed for Gnome NetworkManager. The following plugins should be installed under Debian / Ubuntu Linux:


  • Mike E December 28, 2011, 4:31 pm

    Thanks Al

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  • Marcio September 16, 2011, 3:22 pm

    Tks man.

    It works fine on debian squeeze.

  • satyam October 7, 2011, 8:20 am

    i have followed your steps for centos6 but the button is still inactive.

  • Seba November 28, 2011, 8:02 am

    sudo apt-get install network-manager-openvpn network-manager-pptp network-manager-pptp-gnome network-manager-vpnc-gnome

    The Gnome VPNC GUI plugin was missing to :)

  • Gerardo January 20, 2012, 7:31 am

    Thank you very much works great!. How did you find out that it needed some extra packages?

  • guang March 16, 2012, 10:31 am

    Thanks, this is really helpful.

    I found NetworkManager-openvpn package from EPEL repository:

  • HD October 29, 2012, 2:33 pm

    Hello, thanks fot howto, but I followed all steps and the “Apply” button is styl grey :( using fresh install Ubuntu 12.10

  • Christoforo November 9, 2012, 8:36 am

    On Debian 7 (wheezy) don’t work.

    • Morteza January 25, 2013, 3:53 pm

      I tested openvpn + pptp , that works correctly!

  • Upload March 16, 2013, 6:24 pm

    On Debian 7 (wheezy) you must install: sudo apt-get install network-manager-openvpn-gnome

    • data888 December 1, 2013, 4:04 pm

      Thanks – worked for me – Wheezy!

  • Seth May 19, 2013, 10:14 am

    I’ve installed ever package on this site, including sudo apt-get install network-manager-openvpn-gnome and I still can’t get my VPN to turn on in Debian Wheezy. I can set everything up. But it won’t click on.

  • Tristen June 16, 2013, 1:47 am

    I’m having the same issue on Debian 7 (wheezy). vpnc works fine via the command line. I’m presuming the issue to be network-manager-vpnc.

  • dox3r June 23, 2013, 2:42 pm

    Ive done all the installs on this page… nothing seems to work. any other ideals?

  • dox3r June 23, 2013, 2:44 pm

    my issue is the grayed-out “add” under the VPN tab.

  • uhi July 18, 2013, 2:52 am

    same problem with wheezy .. a bug?

    • uhi July 18, 2013, 2:56 am

      Aactually with
      $ sudo apt-get install network-manager-openvpn network-manager-pptp network-manager-pptp-gnome network-manager-vpnc

      it worked on wheezy after a restart:
      $ /etc/init.d/network-manager restart

  • Fábio September 16, 2013, 10:00 pm

    I got working on wheezy after a restart too!

    aptitude install network-manager-openvpn network-manager-pptp network-manager-pptp-gnome network-manager-vpnc-gnome


    /etc/init.d/network-manager restart

  • Stephen October 20, 2013, 10:39 pm

    My sysadmin told me not to use the Network Manager, as it creates more troubles than it solves. If I wanted to connect to a VPN, I would try to find how to use the underlying tools.

    • Galip Ermis January 16, 2014, 4:04 am

      NetworkManager will rewrite all network-configuration files if you will enable it.

      If your using OpenVPN for access, then you could ask your sysadmin to supply a config-file, like a *.ovpn file. Thus you can setup your VPN via command-line.
      Like for example: # sudo openvpn –config client.ovp.

      You can also download and install a third-party tool.

  • Wellington Torrejais da Silva July 3, 2014, 3:48 pm


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