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 DWService. 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 (Free Personal), TightVNC (Free, Open Source), NoMachine (Freemium) and X2Go (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jun 17, 2021

    1. TigerVNC is an advanced VNC implementation. It is based on the fourth generation of VNC. TigerVNC also includes features from the TightVNC and TurboVNC projects. This includes accelerated JPEG compression. TigerVNC supports the latest X.Org X server.
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    2. Remotely is a free and open-source remote desktop, remote scripting, and rich auto-complete to maximize your IT support efficiency. Remote Desktop
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Raspberry Pi
      • Docker
      For developers, screen sharing shouldn’t be optimized for low bandwidth or presenting some slides. It should be high definition, that you still can read the tiny font of your colleague. No more, “wait a minute, the stream isn’t updating”.
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    3. 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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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      xrdp provides a graphical login to remote machines using RDP (Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol). xrdp accepts connections from variety of RDP clients: FreeRDP, rdesktop, NeutrinoRDP and Microsoft Remote Desktop Client (for Windows, macOS, iOS and Android).
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    4. Aeroadmin - zero configuration and easy to use remote desktop software. Ready to use right after downloading. Remote control available within 30 seconds! Aeroadmin works behind NAT and connects computers in different LAN, firewall friendly.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      A VNC/SSH Client for the GNOME Desktop - You can connect to several machines at the same time with tabs - You can keep track of your most used connections with favorites - You can keep track of your recently used connections through GtkRecent - You can browse your...
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    5. Desktop application for Jitsi Meet built with Electron. Features - Works with any Jitsi Meet deployment - Local settings - Builtin auto-updates - Remote control - Always-On-Top window
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      KRDC is the KDE Remote Desktop Client. KRDC was overhauled as part of the Google Summer of Code (SoC) 2007 by Urs Wolfer and other developers to be included in the KDE 4.0.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • BSD
      rdesktop is an open source client for Windows Terminal Services, capable of natively speaking Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) in order to present the users Windows desktop.

      Discontinued

      In November of 2019, Pierre Ossman of Cendio AB announced that his company will no longer be maintaining this project. They are currently seeking maintainers.

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