Is there a way to remote desktop into ubuntu like windows?

September 26, 2014 5.5k views

Is there?

1 Answer


sudo apt-get install vnc4server



which will launch your session.

if your client computer is windows you can use:

If your client computer is linux, then take your pick for clients. I like Remmina

If your client computer is Apple, I think you can just use the native RemoteDesktop application.

Some other notes:

For Ubuntu 14.04, I installed gnome-panel, and then edited my ~/.vnc/xstartup to look like this:

[ -x /etc/vnc/xstartup ] && exec /etc/vnc/xstartup
[ -r $HOME/.Xresources ] && xrdb $HOME/.Xresources
xsetroot -solid grey
vncconfig -iconic &
x-window-manager &

gnome-session --session=ubuntu -geometry 1280x930 -ls -title "$VNCDESKTOP Desktop" &

gnome-panel &
nautilus &
gnome-settings-daemon &
  • I get this error when using VNC viewer:

    EDIT: Nevermind, I wasn't using the correct port.

    Another EDIT: I now get this when I open the connection:

  • It is working, you just have to install gnome-panel, and then modify your ~/.vnc/xstartup file like I have as an example above.

    so, from a terminal:

    sudo apt-get install gnome-panel 

    and then to edit your xstartup you could do:

    nano ~/.vnc/xstartup

    Then you need to kill your vncsession:

    vncserver -kill :1

    and start a new one:


    also, you may want to reconsider using root as the user, and instead create a new user for such things.

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