If you have a subscription that includes offline licensing, you can install RealVNC Server and supporting programs on a central computer and enable users to run programs from target computers; that is, from Linux computers within the same domain with whom the installation directory is shared.
- An offline license is required for RealVNC Server.
- RealVNC Server in Service Mode (
vncserver-x11-serviced) and the RealVNC Server Virtual Mode daemon (
vncserver-virtuald) are not supported.
- If system authentication or interactive system authentication is specified, connecting users can only authenticate using the credentials of the computer user starting RealVNC Server. The credentials of other local user accounts registered using the Permissions parameter are ignored.
- The single sign-on authentication scheme is not available.
- Printing is not available.
It is not a requirement for the central computer to be Linux. However, extra steps are required if it is not.
Installing RealVNC Server on the central computer
On the central computer, download the appropriate RealVNC Server generic script installer containing unpackaged binaries for your platform, and extract to
<install-dir>in a shared location. Navigate to this directory, but do not run the
Run the following command to license RealVNC Server:
vnclicense -LicenseDir= <install-dir>/vnc -add OFFLINELICENSE
Run the command
vncinitconfig -configto generate a font path for virtual desktops, and move the resulting
*The font path is extracted from the X server of the central computer. If target computers have a different X server configuration, it may be necessary to create an
/etc/vnc/config.customfile on each, and populate it with the
Font Pathoutput of the command
Run the command
vncinitconfig -xstartupto generate a start up script for virtual desktops, and move the resulting
On each target computer, create a mount point and mount
<install-dir>read-only, then add this location to users’ PATHs.
Inform target computer users they can now run RealVNC Server at the command line, by running
Using a setup computer to install RealVNC Server on the central computer
If your central computer is Windows or Mac, you will additionally need a Linux setup computer. You can then use this setup computer to run installation commands, which are Linux-specific.