Install VNC Server and VNC Client on Ubuntu

Posted on Sunday February 26, 2012 / by Eric Potvin

Here's a quick tutorial on how to install VNC (client and server) on Ubuntu.

Server:

First of all, let's install vnc4server

sudo aptitude install vnc4server

After this is installed, run it. This will show something like:

You will require a password to access your desktops.

Password:
Verify:
Password too long - only the first 8 characters will be used
xauth:  creating new authority file /home/server/.Xauthority

New 'server:1 (root)' desktop is server:1

Creating default startup script /home/server/.vnc/xstartup
Starting applications specified in /home/server/.vnc/xstartup
Log file is /home/media/.vnc/media:1.log

Once this is completed, you have to allow access using the remote desktop tool.

Client:

Install the client using this command:

sudo aptitude install xvnc4viewer

Then simply run it:

xvnc4viewer LowColourLevel=1 server.host