I have two computers running Ubuntu and have Remmina installed. I want 'How to' to setup both computer so that one computer can take remote desktop of other.

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In order to be able to use Remmina, you need first to activate certain options of the "Desktop Sharing" screen (Dash -> Desktop Sharing) on both computers:

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On the Desktop Sharing Preferences:

  • Activate the option "Allow other users to view your desktop"
  • Activate the option "Allow other users to control your desktop"

For security's sake, also:

  • Activate the option "You must confirm each access to this machine"
  • Activate the option "Require the user to enter this password" and provide a password

Once the configuration is done, you can simply open Remmina, create a new connection and specify the connection to the other computer using VNC (virtual network computing) protocol and using the password you used in the "Desktop Sharing" screen. Hint: You can ignore the field "user".


  • what if I just want to use remmina, is it not possible? – Edward Torvalds Nov 16 '15 at 14:09
  • I guess you could, the question is why would you do that if there's a much simpler way to control desktop between 2 Ubuntu devices. Is it a must? If so, you can have a look at this post: askubuntu.com/questions/145537/… – Eduardo López Nov 16 '15 at 14:13
  • Oh sorry, I just realized the Desktop Sharing feature precisely activates the VNC configuration needed to afterwards connect to the PC through like a client like... Remmina :-) I'll udpate the answer. – Eduardo López Nov 16 '15 at 15:25
  • what do you mean Bash > Desktop Sharing? I'm just using terminal. – Yan King Yin Sep 27 '17 at 15:48
  • @YanKingYin "Dash" :-) – Eduardo López Sep 28 '17 at 18:06

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