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I just noticed that the copy of remmina I have on my machine (Running ubuntu 12.04) is 9.99.1 (This is up to date according to apt). The remmina website says that the most recent version is version 1.0 which uses FreeRDP. I'd like to use FreeRDP instead of rdesktop because of the improved MS RemoteApp support.

To cut to the chase, is version 1.0 of remmina in the repos, or do I have to install it manually? (I've had a quick browse but haven't found anything).


Running rmadison remmina returns the following (trimmed to only show the precise repo details)

remmina | 1.0.0-1ubuntu5 |       precise | source, amd64, armel, armhf, i386, powerpc
remmina | 1.0.0-1ubuntu6.1 | precise-updates | source, amd64, armel, armhf, i386, powerpc

Which is supposedly the version I have installed, however the "about" dialog says version 0.99. Additionally, FreeRDP is not installed on my system, so remmina cannot be at version 1.0.


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Yes, it is - in main!

  • Remmina 1.0 was released on February 11, 2012 (source: Official Homepage)
    • Remmina switched to FreeRDP since 0.8 (source: Official Wiki)
    • The recent "change to FreeRDP" which may have confused you is just their moving to the FreeRDP GitHub for hosting their source code
    • RDP support in Remmina is through FreeRDP only, via a plugin with the following dependency chain (no FreeRDP binaries are necessary): reminna-plugin-rdp <-- libfreerdp-plugins-standard <-- libfreerdp1.
    • These libraries are installed automatically when you install Remmina, unless you have disabled the default APT policy of installing recommends, in which case you will have no RDP support until you install remmina-plugin-rdp!


remmina (1.0.0-1) unstable; urgency=low
  * New upstream release. 
_ Compatible with FreeRDP 1.0 (Closes: #658363).
 -- Luca Falavigna   Sat, 11 Feb 2012 17:28:48 +0100

To be "precise ;)" the Ubuntu version is more advanced than the upstream:

  • In fact, the changelog says that a number of additional improvements have been done by the Debian/Ubuntu developers since 1.0.0, including:
    1. add clipboard support.
    2. fix smooth scrolling
    3. improved translations
    4. Added Unity Launcher support
    5. App indicator support added
    6. Add -i option to only start as a tray icon.
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OK, I think I understand now. Does this mean that remmina doesn't acutally use freerdp for the backend? I don't have the package installed so I'm guessing it doesn't? – jackweirdy Jun 24 '12 at 14:26
It does. RDP support is provided by reminna-plugin-rdp, which in turn depends on libfreerdp-plugins-standard which in turn depends on libfreerdp. The FreeRDP binaries have nothing to do with this, and all the above should be installed unless you disabled the (default) apt policy of installing recommendations. (and RDP support will NOT work in Remmina without that plugin!) – izx Jun 24 '12 at 14:38
oh ok, it all makes sense now :D I thought that the FreeRDP package itself would have to be installed. Cheers :D – jackweirdy Jun 24 '12 at 14:42
It won't let me give it to you for another 22 hours :/ I've marked the answer as accepted though, I guess you'll just have to hang in there ;) – jackweirdy Jun 24 '12 at 14:43
There's your bounty!! – jackweirdy Jun 25 '12 at 21:12

It is in the Ubuntu main repository actually:

  Installed: (none)
  Candidate: 1.0.0-1ubuntu6.1
  Version table:
     1.0.0-1ubuntu6.1 0
        500 precise-updates/main i386 Packages
     1.0.0-1ubuntu5 0
        500 precise/main i386 Packages

I'm not sure where you got the 9.99.1 number from exactly. Where did you get that version info from?

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version no. came from the about remmina dialog; see the image I added to the question :) also note that after an apt-get update (done before the screenshot) apt thinks remmina is up to date. I don't think it will make any difference but I use amd_64 Ubuntu. – jackweirdy Jun 20 '12 at 21:00
This appears to be due to the fact that the upstream 1.0.0 release actually has the version defined as in the build system, and thus you see it in the about box. It appears that version number was bumped to 1.0.0 after the 1.0.0 release was made. – dobey Jun 21 '12 at 20:49

I can't believe no one has mentioned this, so I will. I have had exactly the same issue just now with Remmina.

The command:

sudo apt-cache show remmina


Package: remmina
Priority: optional
Section: gnome
Installed-Size: 362
Maintainer: Ubuntu Developers <>
Original-Maintainer: Luca Falavigna <>
Architecture: amd64
**Version: 1.0.0-4ubuntu2**
Replaces: remmina-common (<= 1.0.0-1ubuntu8), remmina-gnome, remmina-xfce
Depends: libappindicator3-1 (>= 0.4.90), libc6 (>= 2.15), libgcrypt11 (>= 1.4.5), libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0 (>= 2.22.0), libglib2.0-0 (>= 2.35.9), libgtk-3-0 (>= 3.0.0), libssh-4 (>= 0.3.91), libvte-2.90-9 (>= 1:0.27.2), libx11-6, remmina-common (= 1.0.0-4ubuntu2), dbus-x11
Recommends: remmina-plugin-rdp, remmina-plugin-vnc
Breaks: remmina-common (<= 1.0.0-1ubuntu8), remmina-plugin-data (<= 0.9)
Filename: pool/main/r/remmina/remmina_1.0.0-4ubuntu2_amd64.deb
Size: 132012
MD5sum: ca69666bd3ccbdf97f542a2b28c823c6
SHA1: 86f26b764ef4d24c378629b42a30cba2511e75f9
SHA256: 6a58cf5f5a8c53a5285108c4aa07dcc10f31abeaef21cf8c9bc63e2997004d14
Description-en: remote desktop client for GNOME desktop environment
 Remmina is a remote desktop connection client able to display and control a
 remote desktop session.
 It supports multiple network protocols in an integrated and consistant user
 interface. Currently RDP, VNC, NX, XDMCP and SSH protocols are supported.
Description-md5: ede6e83246f1eea7dfe2191738034796
Origin: Ubuntu
Supported: 9m
Task: ubuntu-desktop, ubuntu-usb, edubuntu-desktop, edubuntu-usb

Which does indeed show that the version installed is =>1.0

apt-cache is a little gem of a command:

sudo apt-cache search remmina

Will give all packages in the repositories to which you are subscribed that contain the term remmina:

remmina - remote desktop client for GNOME desktop environment
remmina-common - common files for remmina remote desktop client
remmina-plugin-rdp - RDP plugin for remmina remote desktop client
remmina-plugin-vnc - VNC plugin for remmina remote desktop client
remmina-plugin-gnome - GNOME plugin for remmina remote desktop client
remmina-plugin-nx - NX plugin for remmina remote desktop client
remmina-plugin-telepathy - Telepathy plugin for remmina remote desktop client
remmina-plugin-xdmcp - XDMCP plugin for remmina remote desktop client

The show command will give exact details for any particular package. Very handy.

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Very nice! I've also come across rmadison, a utility which tells you the version available in each supported version of Ubuntu – jackweirdy Jun 12 '13 at 23:31

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