Is it possible to launch X applications like chrome on linux vps. I need this for testing purposes

October 17, 2016 53 views
Linux Basics Applications Ubuntu

I am using ubuntu 14.04 x64. It doesn't matter that the X-application is slow or fast.

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xMudrii October 17, 2016
Accepted Answer

Yes, this is possible. You have two ways to do it.

One would be using VNC. DigitalOcean have great tutorial on Setting up VNC.

Alternative to VNC would be X11 forwarding. It'll allow you to forward X session via SSH.
To use it you must be sure you have enabled X11 forwarding on both sides and xauth installed.
If you are using Windows, you can also enable X11 Forwarding under Putty settings.

To enable it server side, open /etc/ssh/sshd_config with text editor, find X11Forwarding line, uncomment it if it is commented (by removing # in front of it) and set it to yes.
If you are using Linux or OS X on client, you will want to ssh with:

  • ssh -X user@ip

Now run any X app and you will see GUI :)

In this guide, we will be setting up VNC on a Ubuntu 16.04 server and connecting to it securely through an SSH tunnel. The VNC server we will be using is TightVNC, a fast and lightweight remote control package. This choice will ensure that our VNC connection will be smooth and stable even on slower internet connections.
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