Can I use ubuntu as a RDP ?

Hello I looking to buy Ubuntu vps for using as a RDP. Only need a browser firefox/chrome. Is it possible then guide me please

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January 10, 2024


Yes you can use a Ubuntu droplet with a remote desktop. We have several tutorial that covers the process. You can check this one here:


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December 27, 2023


Yes, you can set up an Ubuntu VPS to use as a Remote Desktop with a browser like Firefox or Chrome. DigitalOcean, with its Droplets, is a popular choice for this. Here’s a general guide on how to do it:

Step 1: Install a Desktop Environment

  • Ubuntu servers don’t come with a GUI by default. You need to install a desktop environment. XFCE is a lightweight option that works well for RDP purposes.
sudo apt update
sudo apt install xfce4 xfce4-goodies

Step 2: Install and Configure xRDP

  • Install xRDP, a server that allows RDP clients to connect to your VPS.
sudo apt install xrdp 
sudo systemctl enable xrdp
  • After installing, start xRDP:
sudo systemctl start xrdp
  • You might need to configure your xRDP to use your desktop environment:
echo xfce4-session >~/.xsession

Step 3: Install a Web Browser

  • Install Firefox or Chrome/Chromium:
sudo apt install firefox
or for Chrome/Chromium:
sudo apt install chromium-browser

Step 4: Connect to Your VPS via RDP

  • Use an RDP client on your local machine (like Microsoft Remote Desktop or Remmina on Linux) to connect to your VPS. Use the IP address of your Droplet and the login credentials.

Step 5: Optimize and Secure Your Setup

  • Firewall: Consider setting up ufw (Uncomplicated Firewall) to secure your VPS.
  • Updates: Regularly update your software.
  • Security: Use strong passwords, and consider setting up two-factor authentication.
  • Backups: Utilize DigitalOcean’s backup solutions for data safety.


  • Performance: The performance of your RDP session will depend on the specs of the Droplet and your internet connection.
  • Cost: Be aware of the pricing. DigitalOcean charges for Droplets based on their size and how long they’re active.
  • Security: Keep security in mind, as exposing RDP to the internet can be risky. Using a VPN or restricting IP access can enhance security.

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