Is there a way to do a bulk copy or export of all my Remmina connections? I have the option to export one by one, but with 50 connections this seems ridiculous. I tried looking for a connections file, or conf file, or something similar but cannot find anything.

sudo find / -name 'remmina' only returns four results:


...but none of them contain any connection files/entries :(

  • You mean like your past connections etc? What format would like the it to be in - is this so you can use remmina with the same data elsewhere?
    – Wilf
    Feb 14, 2014 at 20:04
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    Have you searched your home directory? find /home/USER -iname "*remmina*"
    – chaos
    Feb 14, 2014 at 20:08
  • Well, I mean any connections that I've created and saved in the Remmina remote desktop client. The same way you can copy a folder in Windows that contains many .RDP files from one Windows cpu to another, I'm trying to find a way to do that on my Ubuntu 13.10 installations.
    – 00fruX
    Feb 14, 2014 at 20:08
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    Thanks @chaos! I was a victim of hidden files/folders. I found all the .remmina files in my home folder. Happy camper :D
    – 00fruX
    Feb 14, 2014 at 20:12
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    As a tip for the next time: your find command finds only files or dir named exactly remmina. Try find / -iname "*remmina*" or better (faster for these searches for files that do not change a lot) locate -i remmina. HTH. (oops --- missed @chaos comment before --- leave this for locate)
    – Rmano
    Feb 14, 2014 at 21:19

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The files you need should be either in ~/.remmina (the hidden .remmina folder in your home directory) or in ~/.local/share/remmina (for newer versions).

For SSH, the known hosts are stored in ~/.ssh/known_hosts..

All your user settings, preferences, etc for your user are stored in your home directory, as that is the only folder you by default have permissions to access.

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    This doesn't seem to be the case today. I have Remmina 1.2.0 installed and after creating a session, there is no Remmina folder, hidden or not, in my home folder. The Wiki confirms what you're saying but I found them in ~/.local/share/remmina
    – user533063
    May 1, 2016 at 0:25
  • I am just now coming back to Ubuntu for another check on it's integrity. I installed Skype a year or two ago (on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS) and it broke my entire OS installation; had to reformat and lose a bunch of data so I've been using Windoh's again ever since with RDP (flawlessly, of course). Hopefully either Remmina or a similar product will work better in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS... cause I'm not a fan of Windoh's, I just use it because it lets me be productive.
    – 00fruX
    May 2, 2016 at 18:40
  • Didn't know RDP could be got in windows to work flawlessly (probably just graphics drivers for me :) Anyway, the files are probably there now so it complies with the XDG spec. Also skype and other third party proprietary binary packages will work with Ubuntu etc - just if possible DO NOT use the .run, .tar.gz, tar.bz2 etc packages provided and try and find a package for your distro (.deb file) that works.
    – Wilf
    May 3, 2016 at 16:34
  • @00fruX perhaps now Skype has hit 'beta' for linux it may work better theregister.co.uk/2017/03/02/skype_for_linux_reaches_beta :/
    – Wilf
    Apr 10, 2017 at 7:16
  • @Wilf, maybe Skype will work. Either way. Just set up a new 16.04 server, finally figured out how to partition/format/mount a new 8 TB drive. Installed webmin, now SSH doesn't let remote connections and webmin itself stopped working. Not using ufw, ssh is running, and listening on 22. Webmin even says running on 10000, and again, no firewall here, but the server responds to nothing. BRB in another 2 years....
    – 00fruX
    Apr 17, 2017 at 22:19

For users of the Flatpak build of Remmina, you can find the connection settings at:


Installed Remmina on Ubuntu 16.04 and had to reinstall Ubuntu after a while because it wasn't running the best. On my first install, the location of all the Remmina connection files was /home/$USER/.local/share/remmina/ folder ($USER is the current user).

After I reinstalled my new setup of Ubuntu put all the connection files in the same location /home/$USER/.local/share/remmina/ and started up Remmina I had no connection. After reading this post, I created a new connection and seen a new folder created under /home/$USER/.remmina/ with that connection, so I copied all my connections into that folder /home/$USER/.remmina/.

sudo cp -r /home/$USER/.local/share/remmina/* /home/$USER/.remmina/

I am just backing up @Wilf.


For Remmina 1.4.8 on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS the location of Remmina configuration was (for me):


Today, I converted from a PPA install (which is no longer supported after 1.4.8) to a snap install. I copied all files from the old to new location. Other than passwords, it worked well after:

sudo apt remove remmina # uninstalls program, leaves config information files
sudo snap install remmina --edge # install the snap remmina
sudo snap connect remmina:avahi-observe :avahi-observe # servers discovery
sudo snap connect remmina:cups-control :cups-control # printing
sudo snap connect remmina:mount-observe :mount-observe # mount management
sudo snap connect remmina:password-manager-service :password-manager-service # password manager

cp ~/.remmina/* ~/snap/remmina/4460/.local/share/remmina # copy profiles to new location for snap install
  • This was helpful for me. Thank you. For me though my old connections were saved in the ~.local/share/remmina directory. I had to copy them all to the ~/snap/remmina/4460/.local/share/remmina directory. Afterwhich I exited and started Remmina again, and they all showed up. Nov 22, 2020 at 10:47
  • I used this: cp .remmina/* ~/snap/remmina/current/.local/share/remmina/ Dec 5, 2020 at 4:42


tar -czf ~/remmina_backup.tgz ~/.local/share/remmina/ ~/.config/remmina/ ~/.local/share/keyrings ~/.ssh/


tar -xf ~/remmina_backup.tgz

Snap users Backup

tar -czf ~/remmina_backup.tgz ~/snap/remmina/<version>/.local/share/remmina/ ~/snap/remmina/<version>/.config/remmina/ ~/.local/share/keyrings ~/.ssh/
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    Be careful you don't overwrite and lose existing data in .ssh/ and .local/share/keyrings/ during restore. A merge may be required.
    – Scott P.
    Oct 26, 2018 at 22:21

Remmina connection files are usually stored in one of these folders:

  • ~/.local/share/remmina
  • ~/.config/remmina
  • ~/.remmina/ (old versions)

The file names are your_connection_name.remmina. After you find right folder (e.g. ~/.local/share/remmina) the backup & restore procedure is:

Backup and transfer example (PC1)

Example: connection files were found in ~/.local/share/remmina

cd ~/.local/share/remmina
tar -cvzf all_my_connections.tgz *
scp all_my_connections.tgz my_user@my_new_linux_PC:/home/my_user/.

Remmina installation and connection restore (PC2)

User is logged-in as a my_user

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install remmina

cd ~
ls -l .config/remmina
mv all_my_connections.tgz  ~/.config/remmina
cd .config/remmina
tar -xvzf all_my_connections.tgz

Important steps must be done after file restore:

  • Open Remmina application window, press Ctrl+P (or right click to Remmina main menu button, i.e. three dashes below each other, and go to Remmina Preferences).
  • Set Remmina data folder to my_user/.config/remmina
  • Close preferences, close Remmina window.
  • Open Remmina window again. The connections shoud be restored and visible.
  • Why not copy into the Remmina data folder given by default? ~/.local/share/remmina Wouldn't that be safer? Aug 11, 2023 at 17:44

For Remmina 1.2 on Ubuntu 16.10 LTS the location of Remmina configuration is:


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