I'm trying to remote into a Mac (OSX 10.11.5) from Ubuntu 16.04. I tried with Remmina via VNC. However, it appears to connect at first. But almost immediately after it appears the Remmina window crashes.

Can I remote into a Mac OSX box from an Ubuntu instance?


The short answer is yes, you can do it from an Ubuntu session using Remmina. I have set one up and it is working fine. I do have mine hardwired to my network, and my connection opens at the Poor (fastest) quality connection.

In the screenshot below, you can see how I have my MacBook setup for Screen Sharing.

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Then in Remmina, I set it to VNC, put in the IP address of my MacBook Pro and clicked Quick Connect.

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Then typed in my short username from the Mac and my password, and it is stable and working fine. The top screenshot is actually from my Remmina session connected to my Mac.

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Also make sure to set the color depth to greater than 8bpp in the profile if you create one:

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If yours is set this way, and still having problems, you might want to try removing and reinstalling Remmina.

Hope this helps!

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    Worked. I had to set color depth to 15 bit. It wasn't happy otherwise. Also managed to get SSH tunnel as well. Thanks.
    – Rick
    May 18 '16 at 12:00
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    @Rick Thx!) Color depth more than 8 bit (256 colors) was the solution for me, too.
    – kenichi
    Dec 26 '18 at 12:34

Using Remmina to connect to macOS screensharing + vnc, I had to disable encryption to make it work.

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  • I agree with you. I could not connect until I disabled encryption. Then remmina gave me VNC password and it worked.
    – Sergei G
    Jul 9 at 20:32
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    Performance of macOS included VNC server is very bad. A rebooted version of VineVNC is way faster. github.com/stweil/OSXvnc You should disable mac's default VNC server and add OSXvnc in the firewall, privacy and accessibility settings.
    – mipmip
    Jul 12 at 8:30

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