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I was wondering how to use remmina to open applications on a Windows machine over rdp using remoteapp (or seamless or whatever it's actually called).

I've already used Kim Knight's RemoteApp Tool to set up remoteapp on a Windows 7 machine and I can connect and run remote apps fine from another windows box.

Allegedly FreeRDP (which Remmina uses for its RDP Plugin) has support for remoteapp. I'm not sure how to make use of it though. I can't find any examples of people actually doing this online but there is a launchpad bug about the clipboard not working in remote apps, from which I can infer that there is some way to run remote apps.

I've tried many combinations of settings for Client, Startup Program and Startup Path in the Advanced tab when configuring an RDP connection in Remmina, but I can't make it work. I can connect to Windows boxes with RDP just fine, just not running a remoteapp.

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I found a similar question:… -- I think it's an issue that has to be discussed at a remmina-related forum or mailing list: -- Don't forget to post a link to your forum topic there (maybe other people are interested as well) – medigeek Jun 8 '12 at 13:55

As far as I know, Remmina doesn't allow for RemoteApp client access. You can however do it with xfreerdp. Just use something like this on the command line:

xfreerdp -u   --app --plugin ./usr/local/lib/freerdp/ --data "%windir%\system32\cmd.exe" -- <ip of your windows machine>


/usr/bin/xfreerdp -u  --app --plugin --data "||" --plugin rdpdr --data printer -- <ip of your windows machine>

Unfortunately, sharing data between local and remote systems through clipboard is not working so it's no use to include the --plugin cliprdr option. I'm waiting for this issued to be addressed so that I can replace Windows for Ubuntu on 5 more users/machines!

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You can try my packaged WinConn application.

From my website:

WinConn simplifies creation, management and desktop integration of remote windows applications in Ubuntu Linux. It uses RemoteApp technology, implemented by FreeRDP project to provide seamless user experience. The applications run in their own window and can be used like any other locally installed Ubuntu application, without bringing the full windows desktop to the user.


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:realender/winconn
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install winconn
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Hi, how i can install on ubuntu 14.10? Because no package for this version – Magnetic_dud Mar 4 '15 at 18:27

We use Thinomenon Linux client. It has much better RemoteApp support than freerdp. At the same time, freerdp renders windows being dragged slightly faster.

@bmullan - visit thinomenon website and learn what is their product. ThinRDP [thinomenon RDC application] is free. It supports full RDP7 specification. It should be clear to anyone who understands English.

Go to and look for RDP client.

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When connecting to a Windows Server 2008 or later you need to have enabled the remote application on the server in: Start - Administrative Tools - Terminal Services - TS RemoteApp Manager. In there you choose Action - Add RemoteApp Programs, and enable whichever programs you would like to make available as an RDP remote program.

All this applies to servers which are licensed for Terminal Services. If the server isn't licensed i.e. is only in remote admin mode, the remote applications options are not available.

I have found this to be the case using Remmina on Ubuntu 12.10 on my netbook.

Hope this comment isn't too late to be of use!

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Better try

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Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – Eliah Kagan Sep 11 '12 at 16:36
so Gennady.. given this is Linux and as far as I know only the FreeRDP project has gotten as far as the support for RemoteApp and RemoteFX support on a linux client... and FreeRDP is Open Source... it seems like products are commercialized or cost $$? – bmullan Sep 12 '12 at 3:11

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