I have a computer on Ubuntu 18.04 (actually upgraded from Ubuntu Gnome 16.04). I need to set up screen sharing but the option isn't there.

In settings > sharing, the master sharing switch is on and I see computer name, but underneath that only Remote login and File sharing - no option for screen sharing as the docs suggest it should be.

As per the title, vino is installed - maybe there's another package I need that somehow didn't transition between the two versions?


This question is old, but here's an answer:

Log out, and then start the login (select your user name) but before you enter your password, click the gear-icon...then select the "Ubuntu with Xorg" and NOT the "Ubuntu" option.

Log in, and go back to Sharing...you should see "Screen Sharing" there now.

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    I only see Ubuntu with wayland.. – Erik Oct 13 '18 at 18:12
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    Doesn't work anymore, only "Ubuntu with wayland" available, and that does not cure the problem – Johannes Jander Jan 6 at 23:24
  • In 19.04 after clicking the gear icon pick the "Ubuntu" option. You can then enable sharing, including "Screen Sharing" via Settings (gnome-control-center sharing). – Adam Monsen May 25 at 13:09
  1. sudo apt-get install dconf-tools
  2. dconf write /org/gnome/desktop/remote-access/require-encryption false
  3. /usr/lib/vino/vino-server --sm-disable start
  4. see "settings --> sharing" again
  • Why is that dconf command necessary? – Adam Monsen May 25 at 13:11

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