Ubuntu Remote Desktop: Easy, Built-In, VNC Compatible

MakeUseOf | 10/18/2019 | Christian Cawley
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Do you need to connect to your computer remotely? Perhaps you’re in a different room and need to grab a file from it. Rather than get up, if you’re on the same network, this should be easy, regardless of the operating system.

Using Ubuntu’s remote desktop tool gives you total control over your desktop from any other computer: Linux, macOS, or Windows. You’ll see what’s on that screen and be able to move the mouse, and even type!

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The remote desktop feature supports VNC and is built into Ubuntu by default. Here’s how to use remote desktop software with Ubuntu.

Overall you have three options for remote controlling an Ubuntu PC:

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While many Linux users see SSH as their remote connection tool of choice, it lacks a graphical user interface (GUI). It’s a popular command line tool, Ubuntu’s built-in remote desktop tool, supports all three options.

Arguably one of the most important Linux utilities to learn is SSH as you can control a different machine as if you were sitting directly at it. We'll take you through a basic installation.

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Furthermore, you’re not limited to remote control from an Ubuntu or Linux computer. With sharing configured, your Ubuntu PC can be remotely accessed. Linux, Mac, and Windows PCs can use remote desktop tools to control Ubuntu. You’ll also find VNC tools for Android and iOS.

Enabling the Ubuntu Remote Desktop could not be easier. You don’t need to install a thing: Ubuntu has built in VNC support. However, you will need to move to the Ubuntu PC to set it up the first time.

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Click Search and enter desktop sharing, then click Sharing. You’ll be presented with a simple window of options. Along the top edge of the window, click the switch to enable the feature. Next, click the Screen Sharing button and again, find the switch on...
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