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Cisco AnyConnect VPN Software on Linux

How to install the Cisco AnyConnect software on Linux
The Cisco AnyConnect software installs directly from a web page. For background information on VPN, see Virtual Private Networking (VPN) Software.
Note: This guide was created with Ubuntu in mind, but the same steps should apply to other distrubutions with minor adjustments.
To install the software:
  1. Visit the AnyConnect site.
  2. Log in with your Duck ID and password.
  3. Follow the on-screen installation instructions.
  4. Download the file that you are provided. The filename is
  5. Open a terminal client.
  6. Navigate to the location of in the Terminal. To change folders type cd followed by its folder location. Example: cd ~/Downloads/ then hit Enter.
  7. Grant permissions to execute. Type chmod +x and then hit Enter.
  8. Run the file as root. Type sudo ./ then hit Enter.
How do I use the AnyConnect VPN software?
To start a VPN connection:
  1. Open the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client program. In Ubuntu you can find the program in the Application list within the Internet group. You can also run Cisco AnyConnect from command line by typing /opt/cisco/anyconnect/bin/vpnui.
  2. Ensure that the Connect To field is filled correctly and then enter your Duck ID and password:
  3. Click Connect.
To end a VPN connection:
  1. Find the Cisco AnyConnect icon, which looks like this:
  2. Select "Disconnect" by clicking (or right-clicking) the AnyConnect icon.

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