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Ubuntu can control an OS X machine remotely, using the default Remmina Remote Desktop Client application.

Setting up the Mac to be Accessed Remotely

On the Mac:

  • Open System Preferences (it's in the Apple menu)
  • Open the Sharing panel

  • Check the box Apple Remote Desktop

  • Click Access Privileges

  • Check the box VNC viewers may control screen with password, and enter a password

  • Click OK

Accessing the Mac From Ubuntu

On Ubuntu:

  • Launch Remmina Remote Desktop Client

  • Select Connection > New from menu

  • Select VNC - Virtual Network Computing as Protocol

  • Fill Server field with either IP address or hostname of the Mac

  • Optionally fill both User name and Password to make Remmina remember Your credentials

  • IMPORTANT: Set Color depth to High color (15 bit) or better, otherwise connection will fail

  • Click Connect (or Save to reuse it later)

Your Mac's desktop should appear on your screen.

Other working clients

  • xtightvncviewer: asks two times for authentization – first time in local terminal, the second one is on remote OS X login screen; some special applications (e.g. VirtualBox) running on the remote host can capture keyboard and thus make entering the credetials impossible.

  • gnome-rdp: with xtightvncviewer installed and set as default vncviewer (run sudo update-alternatives --set vncviewer /usr/bin/xtightvncviewer in terminal)

  • xvnc4viewer: only with -FullColour, but very slow: xvnc4viewer -FullColour macserver

To work around authentication issues like "Unknown authentication scheme" or such, it may help to enter this in Terminal (or over SSH):

sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ARDAgent.app/Contents/Resources/kickstart -verbose -activate -restart -agent -allowAccessFor -allUsers -privs -all -clientopts -setvnclegacy -vnclegacy yes -setvncpw -vncpw passwordYouWantToUse

Broken Clients

See Also


CategoryMac CategoryInternet

AppleRemoteDesktop (last edited 2012-08-09 10:35:39 by jan-nekvasil)