Remmina is a free and open-source, feature-rich, and powerful remote desktop client for Linux and other Unix-like systems, written in GTK+3. It’s intended for system administrators and travelers, who need to remotely access and work with many computers.
It supports several network protocols in a simple, unified, homogeneous, and easy-to-use user interface.
- Supports RDP, VNC, NX, XDMCP, and SSH.
- Enables users to maintain a list of connection profiles, organized by groups.
- Supports quick connections by users directly putting in the server address.
- Remote desktops with higher resolutions are scrollable/scalable in both window and fullscreen modes.
- Supports viewport fullscreen mode; here the remote desktop automatically scrolls when the mouse moves over the screen edge.
- Also supports a floating toolbar in fullscreen mode; enables you to switch between modes, toggle keyboard grabbing, minimize, and beyond.
- Offers tabbed interface, optionally managed by groups.
- Also offers a tray icon, which allows you to quickly access configured connection profiles.
In this article, we will show you how to install and use Remmina with a few supported protocols in Linux for desktop sharing.
- Allow desktop sharing in remote machines (enable remote machines to permit remote connections).
- Install SSH services on the remote machines.
How to Install Remmina Desktop Sharing Tool on Linux
Remmina and its plugin packages are already provided in the official repositories of all if not most of the mainstream Linux distributions.
Run the commands below to install it with all supported plugins:
------------ On Debian/Ubuntu ------------ $ sudo apt install remmina remmina-plugin-*
------------ On CentOS/RHEL/Alma & Rocky ------------ # yum install epel-release # yum copr enable castor/remmina # yum install 'remmina*'
------------ On Fedora 22+ ------------ $ sudo dnf copr enable hubbitus/remmina-next $ sudo dnf upgrade --refresh 'remmina*' 'freerdp*'
$ sudo emerge -a net-misc/remmina [On Gentoo Linux] $ sudo apk add remmina [On Alpine Linux] $ sudo pacman -S remmina [On Arch Linux] $ sudo zypper install remmina [On OpenSUSE]
How to Connect to a Remote Linux System
Once you have installed it, search for remmina in the Ubuntu Dash or Linux Mint Menu, then launch it:
You can perform any configurations via the graphical interface or by editing the files under
To set up a new connection to a remote server press
[Ctrl+N] or go to Connection -> New, and configure the remote connection profile as shown in the screenshot below. This is the basic settings interface.
Click on Advanced from the interface above to configure advanced connection settings.
To configure SSH settings, click on SSH from the profile interface above.
Once you have configured all the necessary settings, save the settings by clicking on the Save button, and from the main interface, you’ll be able to view all your configured remote connection profiles as shown below.
Remmina – Connect to Remote Linux Using sFTP
Choose the connection profile and edit the settings, choose SFTP – Secure File Transfer from the Protocols down menu. Then set a startup path (optional) and specify the SSH authentication details. Lastly, click Connect.
Enter your SSH user password here.
If you see the interface below, then the SFTP connection is successful, you can now transfer files between your machines.
Remmina – Connect to Remote Linux Using SSH
Select the connection profile and edit the settings, then choose SSH – Secure Shell from the Protocols down menu and optionally set a startup program and SSH authentication details. Lastly, click Connect, and enter the user SSH password.
When you see the interface below, it means your connection is successful, you can now control the remote machine using SSH.
Remmina – Connect to Remote Linux Desktop Using VNC
Choose the connection profile from the list and edit the settings, then select VNC – Virtual Network Computing from the Protocols down menu. Configure basic, advanced, and ssh settings for the connection and click Connect, then enter the user SSH password.
Once you see the following interface, it implies that you have successfully connected to the remote machine using the VNC protocol.
Enter the user login password from the desktop login interface as shown in the screenshot below.
Simply follow the steps above to use the other remaining protocols to access remote machines, it’s that simple.
That’s all! In this article, we showed you how to install and use Remmina remote connection client with a few supported protocols in Linux. You can share any thoughts in the comments via the feedback form below.