I'm looking for a program to remote desktop from my macbook pro to the ubuntu VM I have set up on my home computer. I've read chicken of the VNC works but after using it, it seems to be incredibly laggy. Is there a better solution out there or do I just have to deal with it?
This site lists a number of servers, such as Vino and krfb. On the mac, you can just use the Screen Sharing client (in Finder's Go menu, click Connect to Server, then enter the address *vnc://****192.168.0.6* or whatever IP address the Ubuntu system is on, making sure to retain the **vnc:// portion).
Consider using NX - it should be a lot faster than VNC.
JollysFastVNC is reportedly the fastest VNC server available for OSX.
That said, in my experience slow connections in/out from Ubuntu often mean it's trying to do IPv6 when it shouldn't be.
TeamViewer is a very fast VNC-like software - it also bypasses firewall and port-forwarding issues, so incredibly easy to set up. I have only ever used it Windows to Windows, but they have a Mac and Linux version. You should be able to install the unattended version on the Ubuntu VM, so the username and password are always the same.
I successfully logged-in remotely from my iMac macOS Mojave desktop into my hackintosh, which is a retrofitted 2012 Apple Macbook Pro running smoothly Ubuntu 16.04:
From the Ubuntu Desktop
- Download and install vino by running
sudo apt-get install vinowithin the Ubuntu terminal.
- Next run
- After the vino application preferences window prompts, ensure that the "Allow other users to view your desktop" and "Allow other users to control your desktop" options are selected beneath the "Sharing" field; it is also recommended to select the "You must confirm each access to the this machine" and "Require the user to enter system-password".
sudo-rebootand then log-in to the Ubuntu 16.04 desktop.
- Retrieve and the device-IP address by running
ifconfig -a; the local-IP address of the device will be returned within the terminal-output under the field: "inet addr:" (e.g.
inet addr: 10.3.1.233). After noting the local-IP address of the device, proceed with the next set of instructions from your macOS desktop.
From Ubuntu 18.04-2 LTS
- Evidently, vino functionality was merged in Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS Gnome Control Center, so it's much easier- simply go to "Settings".
- Within "Settings", scroll down to the "Sharing" tab within the left-hand side of the window.
- Turn on "Screen Sharing"- select "Allow connections to control the screen" and "Require a password" underneath "Access Options" then proceed with the below instructions to remotely access your Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS desktop from your macOS desktop.
Logging-in From macOS Mojave
- Access the "Spotlight" by typing "CMD" + "Space-bar"
- Within the Spotlight field, enter
- If successful, the Screen Sharing application should automatically launch within your macOS desktop to remotely view your Ubuntu 16.04 or Ubuntu 18.04.2-LTS device on your local-network as depicted by the screen-shot below- enjoy!
On Ubuntu 12.04 you can use "Desktop Sharing" (type it into the search bar) as the server and take FeifanZ's suggestion for the Mac client. I set the whole thing up in 30 seconds.
Just tunnel your X11 session over SSH. Nice and fast - because you're sending drawing commands, etc. Not whole bitmaps.
ssh -X user@hostname (or IP address)
And then just type the name of a program, eg:
You can run a whole desktop as well.
I've tried cople of options like RealVNC and the builtin one in Ubuntu. And I think that TeamViewer is best one.
NoMachine (NX) is an excellent Remote Desktop solution - good overview here... https://www.linux.com/learn/remote-linux-desktops-nomachine-nx