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How to setup a virtual display with Ubuntu?

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: https://askubuntu.com/questions/453109/add-fake-display-when-no-monitor-is-plugged-in 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:

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-install-and-configure-vnc-on-ubuntu-18-04

Let me know if you have any questions.

Regards, Alex