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Running GlobalProtect CLI only on Linux

I just spent 3 hours on a Zoom with a colleague trying to figure out what the issues our Linux users were facing when running GlobalProtect.

To install the CLI-only version, you must first you download the files, untar/detar/whatever it…

tar -xvf ~/PATH/TO/PACKAGE.tgz

Then you run the installer script

./gp_install --cli-only

Woo hoo! It’s installed!

Kinda, there’s a few things missing.

  1. For SAML auth we need it to use the default browser
  2. We need to point it to our portal
  3. Reboot
  4. We need to tell our default browser how to handle globalprotectcallback: URLs… BECAUSE PALO ALTO DOESN’T DO THIS FOR YOU!

Default Browser

In the document /opt/paloaltonetworks/globalprotect/pangs.xml, add the following line in the <settings> section…


Point to your Portal

In the document /opt/paloaltonetworks/globalprotect/pangs.xml, add the following line in the <PanSetup> section…


Save the document and exit.


You don’t need me to tell you how to do that… reboot your computer.

globalprotectcallback: URLs

Create the file /usr/share/applications/gp.desktop with the following contents:

[Desktop Entry]
Exec=/usr/bin/globalprotect defaultbrowser %u

Save that file and run the command:

sudo update-desktop-database

This file is created automatically when you install the GUI version of GlobalProtect, but is not installed with the --cli-only flag enabled.

Connect to GlobalProtect

globalprotect connect

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