How do I set up Multi Factor Authentication (MFA) for AU VPN without a smartphone (Linux)?

Download OTPclient:

  • Download and install OTP client from here:
  • It is a free, open source utility
  • Packaged versions for various distributions are available, follow instructions included on the page to download and install the program.


  • Open a terminal and enter otpclient to start the program
  • Follow the prompts to set up a local credential database, as well as an authenticaton password that will be used to store your credentials
  • The password cannot be recovered or reset, do not forget it

To add a One Time Password:

  • Login to MFA here using your Aberystwyth credentials (only accessible on campus) and click Enroll New Token
  • Make sure TOTP is selected, add a description and click Enroll Token
  • In OTPclient, click the + button to add a new token, and click Take Screenshot
    • Draw around the QR code for your newly enrolled token
  • Double click the newly added one time password to generate an OTP value
  • New Values last for 20 seconds, and are automatically copied to the clipboard.
  • Use this code when prompted to connect to the Global Protect VPN


Contact for this page:
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