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Remote Desktop Connection Alternatives for Linux

Remote Desktop Connection is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative is TeamViewer. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Chrome Remote Desktop or Remmina. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Remote Desktop Connection and loads of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Remote Desktop Connection are AnyDesk, DWService, RustDesk and NoMachine.

Remote Desktop Connection alternatives are mainly Remote Desktop Tools but may also be Web Conferencing Tools or Video Calling Apps. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Remote Desktop Connection.
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  1. TeamViewer icon

    TeamViewer

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    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Windows S
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Kindle Fire
    • Raspberry Pi
    143 alternatives to TeamViewer 

    TeamViewer lets you establish a connection to any PC or server within just a few seconds. You can remote control the PC of your partner as if you were sitting right in front of it.

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    1.  Support for Multiple MonitorsTeamViewer supports the use of multiple displays.
    2.  Unattended AccessTeamViewer can access a computer even when no one’s being physically present at the remote end.
    3.  Screen SharingYou can use TeamViewer to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
    4.  Desktop SharingTeamViewer enables you to share your screen with other people in the same office or working remotely.
    5.  PortableTeamViewer can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    6.  Wi-Fi SharingTeamViewer can help you quickly share your Wi-Fi with your friends and colleagues.
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    TeamViewer vs Remote Desktop Connection opinions
    Most users think TeamViewer is a great alternative to Remote Desktop Connection.
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    You're not opening a session with teamviewer

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    AnyDesk

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • BSD
    • Raspberry Pi
    134 alternatives to AnyDesk 

    AnyDesk offers a fast, intuitive and security-focused way to connect to remote computers. With a bevy of features and lightweight design that works across multiple desktop and mobile platforms, it's powerful enough for enterprises but easy enough for personal and home office...

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    1.  Unattended AccessAnyDesk can access a computer even when no one’s being physically present at the remote end.
    2.  LightweightAnyDesk consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    3.  Support for AliasesAnyDesk supports aliases, so you can receive email without exposing your main email address
    4.  PortableAnyDesk can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    5.  Screen SharingYou can use AnyDesk to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
    6.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in AnyDesk simultaneously.
    7.  Two-factor AuthenticationAnyDesk supports two-factor authentication (2FA).
    8.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in AnyDesk without registration.
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    AnyDesk vs Remote Desktop Connection opinions
    Most users think AnyDesk is a great alternative to Remote Desktop Connection.
    Guest

    Easier interface, or user friendly IMO. Once you get into the many options and settings though I can see it being overwhelming. What sold it for me was the Cross-Platform Unattended access option, allowing me to operate of control any device in my network. Only drawbacks for myself would be issues with connecting to a ChromeOS device (Chromebook), as well as increased lazyness.

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    arikalbukrek

    Very nice app you don't need to be a Champion in Computers. I have connected my mac to nuc+proxpox+windows 10

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    Chrome Remote Desktop

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Google Chrome
    92 alternatives to Chrome Remote Desktop 

    Chrome Remote Desktop allows users to remotely access another computer through Chrome browser or a Chromebook. Computers can be made available on an short-term basis for scenarios such as ad hoc remote support, or on a more long-term basis for remote access to your applications...

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    Almost everyone thinks Chrome Remote Desktop is a great alternative to Remote Desktop Connection.
    Guest

    It is dazzling fast, and super easy to setup, compared to any other alternative I've tried.

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    Remmina

    • Linux
    • BSD
    130 alternatives to Remmina 

    Remmina is a remote desktop client written in GTK+. Remmina primarily targets system administrators and travelers that need to work with computers remotely in front of either large monitors or tiny netbooks.

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    Almost everyone thinks Remmina is a great alternative to Remote Desktop Connection.
    pavanvo

    I like Remmina as an alternative to Remote Desktop Connection because it's free software and have all the features what I need

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    Horizon

    I've been using Remote Desktop Connection (Manager) for years as a Windows user. Remmina seems like the most popular alternative for Linux, and honestly, it works. The interface isn't quite as simple as it seems to support a lot more, but I had it up and running in a couple of minutes.

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    Guest

    #1 FREE! I use it in Linux to connect to Windows servers for a couple reasons. I also have the commercial version of TeamViewer. (But TV only see one person/user/login) Remmina I can login as another remote user, SET MY SCREEN RES!!! That is the most important thing when logging in on a small high res screen. Windows removed scaling. :(

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    Guest

    I use Remmina on Linux to remote into a WIndows PC. Works great.

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    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
    It allows you to monitor the status of the remote system
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    Guest

    Very convenient on th ego remote access to any desktop

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    Guest

    quick simple interface and relatively easy to set up best of all it's open source and free.

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    RustDesk

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    111 alternatives to RustDesk 

    The open source alternative to TeamViewer and AnyDesk. Display and control your PC and Android devices from anywhere at anytime. Works out of the box, no configuration required. You have full control of your data, with no concerns about security.

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    1.  Unattended AccessRustDesk can access a computer even when no one’s being physically present at the remote end.
    2.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in RustDesk without registration.
    3.  End-to-End EncryptionRustDesk has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    4.  Screen SharingYou can use RustDesk to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
    5.  LightweightRustDesk consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    6.  Ad-freeRustDesk doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    7.  Desktop SharingRustDesk enables you to share your screen with other people in the same office or working remotely.
    8.  PortableRustDesk can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    NoMachine

    • Mac
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    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
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    • Raspberry Pi
    118 alternatives to NoMachine 

    NoMachine NX is an enterprise-class solution for secure remote access, desktop virtualization, and hosted desktop deployment built around the self-designed and self-developed NX suite of components. Thanks to its outstanding compression, session resilience and resource...

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    1.  Ad-freeNoMachine doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    2.  Desktop SharingNoMachine enables you to share your screen with other people in the same office or working remotely.
    3.  Controller SupportNoMachine supports the use of a controller (XBOX, PlayStation, etc.).
    4.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in NoMachine without registration.
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    X2Go

    • Mac
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    • 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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    VNC Connect

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    106 alternatives to VNC Connect 

    VNC is remote access and control software which allows you to view and fully interact with one computer desktop (the "VNC Connect") using a simple program (the "VNC viewer") on another computer desktop or mobile device anywhere on the Internet.

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    MeshCentral

    • Mac
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    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted
    • Raspberry Pi
    • Node.JS
    • npm
    42 alternatives to MeshCentral 

    This is a full computer management web site. With MeshCentral, you can run your own web server to remotely manage and control computers on a local network or anywhere on the internet.

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    1.  Unattended AccessMeshCentral can access a computer even when no one’s being physically present at the remote end.
    2.  Screen SharingYou can use MeshCentral to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
    3.  Support for Multiple MonitorsMeshCentral supports the use of multiple displays.
    4.  Desktop SharingMeshCentral enables you to share your screen with other people in the same office or working remotely.
    5.  Two-factor AuthenticationMeshCentral supports two-factor authentication (2FA).
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