When Mozilla, maker of Firefox, launched Mozilla VPN, it did so only in select regions and only for devices running Windows, iOS or Android. Mac and Linux versions were not offered and Mozilla stated that these would be coming soon.
It is now a month after the official launch of Mozilla VPN and there are still no client versions for Linux or Mac OS; this may be even more surprising considering that Mullvad, the VPN company that operates the server network, has clients for Linux and Mac OS.
MozWire is an open source tool for Linux, Mac OS and BSD systems that unlocks support for Mozilla VPN on these operating systems. In fact, the tool works on all devices that support the WireGuard protocol including Windows.
Note that the tool is not an official Mozilla product.
You can download pre-built binaries from the developer's GitHub website. Just open the releases page to download the binary for Windows, Linux or Mac OS. If you are interested in the source code, you can download that there as well.
Download and extract the file to your system. You need to run the command mozwire relay save first to generate a WireGuard configuration; doing so opens the default system browser and the sign-in page of Mozilla VPN. You need to sign-in to the service to continue.
It is also possible to download and save all servers into the /etc/wireguard directory by running the command mozwire relay save -o /etc/wireguard -n 0.
You may then pick one of the servers for connection to establish the VPN connection on the system you ran the tool on.
MOZ_TOKEN can be used for caching to improve future sessions. The developer created a video that demonstrates the functionality on Linux:
Mozilla has not revealed when it plans to release Linux or Mac clients. While it is likely that this is going to happen in 2020, it is not a given at this point in time.
Linux and Mac users may use MozWire to get started using the VPN service right away instead of having to wait until stable client versions of Mozilla VPN are released for these operating systems.
Mozilla is not the only company that is assigning less of a priority to Linux. Microsoft's new Edge browser is not available for Linux either even though Microsoft announced that it would be coming soon (in January 2020).
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