Some time ago I created a VPN connection using Ubuntus own Network Manager, which worked fine! Now, a few months later, I want to go in and edit the connections details, but instead I get this error: unable to load VPN connection editor.

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Any idea how this could be solved?

[UPDATE] Starting the connection manager manually with nm-connection-editor lets you edit the settings, but that still leaves the original error.

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    Do not go on Network setting in NM, go on Network Connections. Find connection in list, select, go right on edit – 2707974 Jan 29 '15 at 11:56


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

This will prompt for both your password, and a Y/n answer, please provide it with your password, and Y.

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    Yes, my issue was that I had only network-manager-openvpn, but not network-manager-openvpn-gnome installed. – Mitar Feb 3 '18 at 3:13

If you use a vpnc connection, like with FritzBox routers, run

sudo apt install network-manager-vpnc network-manager-vpnc-gnome

Try this:

sudo apt-get install network-manager-pptp-gnome
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    can you explain why this could help? – Zanna Apr 26 '17 at 6:40
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    It is useful when we use a Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol and not OpenVPN. ;) – J-Jamet Sep 28 '18 at 7:56
  • Exactly what I needed. I knew what was going on with the pptp package, but thanks for explaining it as well anyway. – Vitor Hugo Schwaab Mar 15 at 16:10

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