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Open Source Microsoft Remote Desktop Alternatives

The best open source alternative to Microsoft Remote Desktop is DWService. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Microsoft Remote Desktop and 11 is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Microsoft Remote Desktop are TightVNC, UltraVNC, X2Go and Remotely.

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  1. DWService icon

    DWService

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Raspberry Pi
    107 alternatives to DWService 

    DWService is an half (only the client/agent) open source project which offers a service that allows access to remote systems (Windows, Mac, Linux, Raspberry...) using a standard web browser - without any component required on the client side.

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    1.  Ad-freeDWService doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    2.  LightweightDWService consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    3.  Two-factor AuthenticationDWService supports two-factor authentication (2FA).
    It allows you to fully control the remote system by displaying its screen and allowing cursor control and keyboard input
    It allows you to fully access the file system of the remote system
  2. TightVNC icon

    TightVNC

    99 alternatives to TightVNC 

    TightVNC is a free remote desktop application. With TightVNC, you can see the desktop of a remote machine and control it with your local mouse and keyboard, just like you would do it sitting in the front of that computer.

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    1.  LightweightTightVNC consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in TightVNC without registration.
    3.  PortableTightVNC can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    4.  Two-factor AuthenticationTightVNC supports two-factor authentication (2FA).
    Access Control
    Administration


  3. UltraVNC icon

    UltraVNC

    90 alternatives to UltraVNC 

    UltraVNC is easy to use and free software that can display the screen of another computer (via the Internet or a local network) on your own screen. The program allows you to use your mouse and keyboard to control the other computer remotely.

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    1.  LightweightUltraVNC consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  PortableUltraVNC can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    Server Property Page
    File Transfer
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    X2Go

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    41 alternatives to X2Go 

    X2Go is an open source remote desktop software for Linux that uses the NX technology protocol.

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  5. Remotely icon

    Remotely

    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted
    114 alternatives to Remotely 

    Remotely is a free and open-source remote desktop, remote scripting, and rich auto-complete to maximize your IT support efficiency.

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    1.  Unattended AccessRemotely can access a computer even when no one’s being physically present at the remote end.
    List of remote hosts that can be controlled (unattended or attended).
    Remote control of terminal.


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    Dayon!

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Snap!
    50 alternatives to Dayon! 

    Dayon! is a user friendly, open-source, cross-platform solution, that allows controlling of remote computers. It can be used as free alternative to various commercial remote desktop and remote assistance products.

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    1.  Desktop SharingDayon! enables you to share your screen with other people in the same office or working remotely.
    2.  Screen SharingYou can use Dayon! to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
    Assistant connected
    Assisted access token
  7. screensy

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Self-Hosted
    123 alternatives to screensy 

    Screensy is a simple peer-to-peer screen sharing solution.

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    1.  Screen SharingYou can use screensy to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
    Screenshot
  8. TurboVNC icon

    TurboVNC

    • Windows
    • Linux
    28 alternatives to TurboVNC 

    TurboVNC is a derivative of VNC (Virtual Network Computing) that is tuned to provide peak performance for 3D and video workloads. TurboVNC was originally a fork of TightVNC 1.3.x, and on the surface, the X server and Windows viewer still behave similarly to their parents.

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    1.  Screen SharingYou can use TurboVNC to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
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    Connections

    • Linux
    • FLATHUB
    • GNOME
    140 alternatives to Connections 

    Connections allows you to connect to and use other desktops. This can be a great way to access content or software on a different desktop operating system. It can also be used as a way to provide support to users who might need help.

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    WifiMouse

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    19 alternatives to WifiMouse 

    WifiMouse is an Android app designed and created by Logan Krumbhaar, a programmer living in Pennsylvania.

    The app allows you to use your phone as a remote control for your computer.

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    It's a mouse app instead of an RDP solution

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