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I'm going to accessing my ubuntu machine remotely from my windows machine through putty. Are there any suggestions for possible ways to get an X server running on my windows machine?


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up vote 7 down vote accepted
  • Install Xming and Putty in Windows.
  • Have a terminal server running under Linux.
  • Execute Xming under windows: double click the X icon.
  • Execute Putty: configure it to connect your server Ip and to forward the X11 to your Windows machine IP.
  • Login and run the Linux application.


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Note that things that require root priveleges (sudo'ed apps) won't forward over X11 by default. You need to copy your xauth token from your non-root user to root in order to forward them over X11 – Rob Cowell Nov 18 '10 at 16:07
I just did it now and it worked like a charm! Awesome. – Sandro Nov 20 '10 at 4:19

you can run both ssh and X in cygwin

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I assume that you need to access ubuntu desktop from your windows machine. if my assumption is right there is lot of ways to do it:

1). in ubuntu enable 'Remote desktop' from 'Sytem'-->'Preferences'->'Remote desktop' menu. and then use a vnc client in windows.

2). Install NX server in ubuntu and use nxclient for windows in your windows system. I am using this method to access my ubuntu desktop from windows system.

Have a look at the features page: Check this url for downloads:

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You can see this step by step tutorial to access ubuntu from windows using Putty and SSH.

Also,to access ubuntu from windows,you can also install freesshd in windows.You can get freesshd here

Alternate way:

The alternate way is to install Team viewer on both systems..You can get team viewer here

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It can even work behind firewall and proxies.

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