How to setup a virtual display with Ubuntu?

Posted October 15, 2018 16.3k views
UbuntuConfiguration ManagementUbuntu 18.04

I am trying to set up a server that goes to a web address, does some actions and takes a screenshot. To do this I have been trying to create a virtual display where I can start up a browser. but I haven’t been able to get it to work. I have tried doing:
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-gnome-desktop
sudo apt-get install gnome-core
and then using xserver-xorg-video-dummy from this answer: but It didn’t work

I am using xrandr to check for the display but just get ‘Can’t open display’.

any suggestions?

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Hello, @FloatingVertex

I will recommend you to follow this tutorial in order to access your droplet with GUI:

Let me know if you have any questions.


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by Brian Hogan
In this guide, you'll set up a VNC server on an Ubuntu 18.04 server and connect to it securely through an SSH tunnel.