How do I get started with VNC Connect on Linux?

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Setting up your account

The video below shows you how to get started:

To subscribe to VNC Connect, see How do I subscribe to VNC Connect?

On the computer you want to control

Note: If you have a Raspberry Pi running Raspberry Pi OS (previously called Raspbian), VNC Connect is pre-installed and pre-licensed so all you have to do is follow these instructions to enable it. You do not need to read this section.

Installing VNC Server

  1. Download the combined VNC Connect installer to the computer you want to control, ensuring you select the appropriate option of 64bit (x64) or 32bit (x86).
  2. Extract the installer in your Downloads folder using your system's file manager, and run it by double clicking.
  3. Click the "Install VNC Server" button and follow the on-screen instructions, entering your sudo/administrator/root password when prompted.
  4. When the VNC Server Licensing Wizard appears, apply your subscription to VNC Server by signing in using your RealVNC account credentials.
    If you have an Enterprise subscription, you can register offline using your license key, available from the Deployment page of your RealVNC account.

More advanced instructions for getting started on Linux can be found here: Scripting Deployment and Start-up on Linux.

Authenticating against VNC Server

With Professional or Enterprise subscriptions, System Authentication is the default. You also need to ensure that the users you want to be able to connect remotely have been given permission. For more information, see What username and password do I enter when I'm trying to connect? and Managing users and session permissions for VNC Server.

Inviting people to your Team

If you are using Cloud connections, to allow others to access your computers remotely, see How do I invite people in to my team to share remote access?

For more about Teams, see What is a team, and how do I add computers and people to it?

On the device you want to control from

  1. Download the combined VNC Connect installer to the computer you want to control from, ensuring you select the appropriate option of 64bit (x64) or 32bit (x86).
  2. Extract the installer in your Downloads folder using your system's file manager, and run it by double clicking.
  3. Click the "Install VNC Viewer" button and follow the on-screen instructions, entering your sudo/administrator/root password when prompted.
  4. Sign in using your RealVNC account credentials. You should see the remote computer appear in your team:

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  5. Click or tap to connect. You are prompted to authenticate to VNC Server. See this article for the credentials you need to enter: What username and password do I enter when I'm trying to connect to VNC Server?

If you want to connect to a computer running Windows or Mac, please see How do I get started with VNC Connect on Windows and Mac?

If you are setting up a Home subscription, see Activating a VNC Connect Home subscription.

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  • Hello,

    while installing VNC Viewer on a Ubuntu system, here is the message displayed in the terminal :


    sudo apt install VNC-Viewer-6.20.529-Linux-x64
    Lecture des listes de paquets... Fait
    Construction de l'arbre des dépendances
    Lecture des informations d'état... Fait
    E: Impossible de trouver le paquet VNC-Viewer-6.20.529-Linux-x64
    E: Impossible de trouver de paquet correspondant à l'expression rationnelle « VNC-Viewer-6.20.529-Linux-x64 »

    Did I do something wrong ?

    Cheers,

    Julien

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  • Julien if you use 'dpkg -i path-to-file' it will work.

    But did you actually use this format ?? --> apt install ./<download-file> and don't forget the ./ or the full path to the file

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  • mmm.. Julien probably just selected a French version as when translated to English it becomes :

    sudo apt install VNC-Viewer-6.20.529-Linux-x64
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building the dependency tree
    Reading status information... Done
    E: Could not find package VNC-Viewer-6.20.529-Linux-x64
    E: Cannot find package matching regex "VNC-Viewer-6.20.529-Linux-x64"

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  • Thanks a lot for your answers.

    Actually the issue bas been resolved for a while. And I don't remember how it happened 😅.

    This topic can be closed.

    Have a nice day guys,

    Julien from France

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