Ubuntu Vnc Server

In this tutorial I am going to show you how to setup an Ubuntu vnc server. This will allow you to use your Windows pc or any other operating system running a vnc client, to control your Ubuntu vnc server.  To start this off you will first need to enable the Ubuntu vnc remote desktop server.  You can enable the remote desktop service by navigating to the following:

  1. System
  2. Preferences
  3. Remote Desktop

Once the Ubuntu remote desktop server settings screen opens up make sure you have the following selected.


  • Allow other users to view your desktop
  • Allow others users to control your desktop


  • Require the user to enter this password (Make sure you set your remote desktop password)
  • Configure network automatically to accept connections

Make sure you untick the “You must confirm each access to this machine, since this would be a pain in the ass for you to have to get up from where you are and confirm access on the pc you are trying to connect to.  Plus this defeats the point of allowing the remote desktop feature in the first place.

Now that you have set all the options for the Ubuntu remote desktop server program, you will now need download and install a vnc client program on your Windows pc. I prefer to use UltraVNC viewer, but you can use any of the following vnc client programs.

Once you have chosen what vnc client software program that you want to use, all you have to do is type in the ip address of your vnc server.  You may have to adjust different settings such as your network connection and the resolution of the screen, to optimize your experience with your Ubuntu vnc server.

Enter the password that you set on your Ubuntu remote desktop server program.  You should now be connected to your Ubuntu server using the UltraVNC Viewer client program.