How to install VNC on LinuxMint

VNC (Virtual Network Computing) is a free software used to control other machines remotely, it works in client/server mode, wich mean that you have to install a server part on the station where you want to take control and a client part from the control station.

Therefore, the connection between the two computers is direct, unlike a TeamViewer, for example, where you go through the editor’s servers for the connection.

In this article, we will learn how to install VNC server on LinuxMint.

Installing the VNC server

To install it, just run the command below :

root@Linux~# apt install vnc4server -y
Reading package lists… Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information… Done
The following additional packages will be installed:
Suggested packages:
The following NEW packages will be installed:
vnc4server xbase-clients
0 upgraded, 2 newly installed, 0 to remove and 273 not upgraded.
Need to get 1,626 kB of archives.
After this operation, 5,515 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Get:1 xenial/universe amd64 xbase-clients all 1:7.7+13ubuntu3 [4,570 B]
0vncserver) in auto mode

Then set a password :

root@Linux~# vncpasswd

Finally start the service with the command below :

root@Linux~# vncserver :1
New ' Linux:1 (root)' desktop is Linux:1
Creating default startup script /home/user/.vnc/xstartup
Starting applications specified in /home/user/.vnc/xstartup
Log file is /home/user/.vnc/Linux:1.log

You can start it by specifying the resolution :

root@Linux~# vncserver :1 -geometry 800x600 -depth 24

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