By default, there is an application installed in Ubuntu that allows for remote desktop connections over VNC. The application shows up with the name Desktop Sharing in the Unity dock.

What is the actual name of this default VNC application, assuming you wanted to start the graphical application from the terminal.

  • As a side note, I just realized Vino is installed by default on Ubuntu, but not on XUbuntu, however, if you are running the latter, a quick sudo apt-get install vino will solve that.
    – IQAndreas
    Aug 23, 2014 at 0:07

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The default VNC server is called Vino. It's part of the GNOME project. The Desktop Sharing app you see is vino-preferences. It doesn't have a man page that I can find, but the three programs of interest are:

  1. vino-preferences
  2. vino-passwd
  3. /usr/lib/vino/vino-server (it's not in the PATH, in case you want to start it manually.)
  • Perfect, all and exactly what I needed!
    – IQAndreas
    Aug 23, 2014 at 0:05
  • +1; you can be interested in this too: askubuntu.com/questions/408365/… (summary: you have to disable encryption for this to work with most windows or Mac clients; still valid or 14.04)
    – Rmano
    Aug 23, 2014 at 9:27
  • Does vino-preferences not exist anymore, or is my system messed up?
    – endolith
    Dec 10, 2018 at 3:17

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