Using Juniper Network Connect on Ubuntu 14.04 x64

Okay, I spent my share of time working on this one, but it’s actually pretty easy. To get Juniper’s Network Connect working on your 64 bit install of Ubuntu, do the following:

1.) Install Icedtea (32  & 64 bit jre’s)

sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jre icedtea-7-plugin
sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jre:i386

2.) Make sure your using the 32bit jre by issuing the following:

update-alternatives --config java

3. Here’s my original miss, but definitely a mandatory step add a symlink to /usr/bin/:

sudo ln -s /usr/bin/update-alternatives /usr/sbin/

I originally found this fix here:

*Update-Please Note* In Recent Versions of Google Chrome/Chromium the Icedtea Plugin no longer functions. To resolve this issue you’ll need to use Firefox. Firefox also plans to end support for the IcedTea plugin type in the future, so we’ll have to hope the IcedTea plugin is updated soon





  1. Great article!

    Any idea how to disable the popup about connecting to external web resources? I receive this message any time before NC actually pops up.

    1. No, I haven’t really tried to make this pop-up go away, but I could understand your frustrations with seeing it constantly if you’re frequently connecting. I’ll fill you in if I come up with something.

  2. If you are installing on Linux mint, you’ll need to make sure you have xterm installed (sudo apt-get install xterm)

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