Install VNC server on Ubuntu 13.04 / Ubuntu 12.10


The following simple guide help you to setup the VNC server on Ubuntu machines, VNC helps to share the desktop with the other machines which has a client installed. VNC server and client are not installed by default, you need to setup the vnc server manually. In windows, VNC shares the console desktop with other machine; but in Linux, it shares the vnc desktop sessions instead of console desktop.

Install vncserver.

sudo apt-get install vnc4server

You need to setup the password to access the desktop, So enter the following command to setup password of your wish.


Start VNC server.


You will get a information about the desktop session. Desktop session is 1 as per below information, if you need another session issue the vncserver command on terminal; you will get a session 2 and increments every time when issuing the same command again.

 New ‘LINUX.ITZGEEK.COM:1 (itzgeek)’ desktop is LINUX.ITZGEEK.COM:1
Starting Applcation Specifed specified in in /home/itzgeek/.vnc/xstartup
Log file is /root/.vnc/LINUX.ITZGEEK.COM:1.log

Assuming that you have created only one desktop session. Default listening port is 5900, If you have created first session it will be 5901 and so on.

Take remote desktop.
ipaddress:5901 or ipaddress:1
You will be asked to enter the password, after entering the password; you will get the vnc desktop session instead of console desktop. To get a console desktop, you will need to setup remote desktop sharing on Ubuntu 13.04. That’s all you have successfully configured VNC server on Ubuntu 13.04

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  • shayne

    You have a minor typo that might be a roadblock for new users:
    sudo apt-get installvnc4server
    should be
    sudo apt-get install vnc4serversudo

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