I'd like to know how to connect to a remote Ubuntu 12.04LTS OS server. I've never done this, and wondered if anyone would be willing to help a noob out; I'd appreciate it!

I've always wanted to be able to connect to a remote machine via the terminal and even more so something that I can use to access the server in a window on my current machine (like it's own desktop).


To connect a remote server: Type the following command in your terminal

ssh remote_username@remote_host

which ssh is the command and is a shortend for secure shell replace remote_username and remote_host with proper UserName and HosName


That should be really simple:

open a terminal on your local system.


 ssh yournick@address.of.remote.system

You will be asked to provide you password. After entering it, you should be connected.

It may be possible, that the remote machine is behind a firewall. in that case you will have to configure the firewall so it lets the connection through.

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    Don't forget to install openssh on your server before trying to connect to it. – Yaron Aug 3 '14 at 15:30
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    you will need openssh on both, the server and the connecting machine. – Stephan Richter Aug 3 '14 at 15:38
  • btw, if your remote machine does not have a (known) name ("address"), you may want to connect by ip address. If you have access to the machine you can get the ip by entering 'ip a' If your remote is a virtual server, you should have gotten the address by your provider. – Stephan Richter Aug 3 '14 at 15:40
  • I was able to connect to the server via terminal (I'm stoked, thank you). Now I'm attempting to connect via VNC; it doesn't appear to want to do anything but tell me it's "Connecting". I do have the IP, and login details-but no cigar quite yet (using Screen Sharing app on Mac OS X). I discovered that my host has SSH installed, and that I as a Mac user also have it installed by default. Thanks for your help so far! – mxwljw Aug 3 '14 at 15:48

To use a graphical connection, here is a good writeup.


  • Thank you, however if I'm not mistaken that is for someone already with a graphical interface-I'm on a Mac machine trying to gain a graphical interface of a remote server. – mxwljw Aug 3 '14 at 15:53
  • I'm Mac clueless, but I use a VNC client from windows to remote desktop into my Ubuntu boxes. So if there is a Mac VNC client, give that a shot. – Organic Marble Aug 3 '14 at 16:05

Or if you prefer to connect without the terminal, Go to Ubuntu Home Directory > Other Locations Then type,


Press enter, Type password when prompted. Now you're done =)

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