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7 Best Remote Desktop Sharing Applications for Ubuntu

If you’re a developer or a system administrator and have to travel more then you might be having trouble keeping up with your work. Program or web development and system administration is kind of work which involves continuous attention and it gets even more difficult when you are travelling or have to work from different places.

Well, for such persons there are some tools called desktop sharing apps which can help to keep up with the work on their computer no matter at which location you are, you can keep track from other computer or smartphone. Many computer manufacturing giants and software developing businesses use these types of tools to troubleshoot problems at customers end.

Also you can use these tools to control your desktop, share files, and perform many other tasks remotely. So today in this article I’m going to share with you 7 best remote desktop sharing applications which you can use on Ubuntu and other Linux distributions.

1. TeamViewer

TeamViewer is one of the most popular and widely used remote desktop sharing across Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, Chrome OS and Linux platforms. What makes it so much popular is that it offers most secure and reliable of remote desktop sharing on multiple devices with seamless connectivity.

Publishers are offering this tool in two different releases, one is for free which can only be used for personal use and other is paid release mostly suitable for business use.

You can transfer files between your desktop and smartphone using this tool, and as all we know Augmented Reality (AR) is a next big thing and TeamViewer enables you to fix issues beyond the screen with the help of dedicated AR tool named TeamViewer Pilot. I have worked around TeamViewer many times and find it most secure and reliable app for remote desktop sharing.

Download TeamViewer Here2.

2. KDE Connect

KDE Connect is available as an Android mobile app and Linux desktop application which helps you create seamless connection between your smartphone and desktop computer for remote desktop sharing.

KDE Connect offers various features such as Android push notifications on your desktop, battery status of your Android smartphone and also you can remotely control your desktop with multimedia control, input remote and directly run commands in Linus commands as you can see all the options in below screenshots taken from my Android phone.

There are lots of things you can do with this tool and you can always enable and disable some of its features for safety.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/indicator-kdeconnect
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-install kdeconnect indicator-kdeconnect

3. Remmina

Remmina is a free and open-source remote desktop sharing client which works well with Ubuntu and other Linux distributions. Written in GTK+3, it is an ideal tool for system administrators and for those who work while travelling.

Remmina comes with whole lot of features and plug-ins to customize it as you need. Some of the features are double-click configuration, last view mode for each connection, dark tray icons, toggle full screen mode, etc. There are also some unique plug-in dedicated features for each plug-ins such as RDP, VNC, SSH, SFTP, SPICE and EXEC.

Support for lot of network protocols and easy to use intuitive user interface makes it one of the most reliable remote desktop sharing applications for Ubuntu and other Linux distro’s.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:remmina-ppa-team/remmina-next
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install remmina remmina-plugin-* libfreerdp-plugins-standard

4. VNC Connect

VNC Connect is a simple and secure remote desktop sharing tool from Real VNC. As we know VNC stands for Virtual Network Computing which uses Remote Frame Buffer protocol to remotely control another computer.

Powered with 256t-bit AES session encryption, VNC Connect is one of the most secure desktop sharing tools with multi-factor authentication, granular access control and rich session permissions.

VNC Connect comes with responsive and intuitive user interface which is very easy to use. Features like cloud connectivity, file transfer, printing, are notable features of this desktop sharing tool.

Apart from that it allows to tweak and configure the viewer window as you need, client automatically takes the screenshot for the connections, support for multiple sessions at a time.

Download VNC Connect Here   

5. NoMachine

NoMachine is a simple yet powerful remote desktop sharing application to access your Ubuntu computer doesn’t matter wherever you are. Based on NX protocol from NX Technologies, it is one of the most reliable and cross-platform remote desktop sharing too.

You can access everything on your computer from wherever you are weather it is important files, audios, videos or documents; you have everything at your fingertips. This is fast and high quality applications, there are few out there those can match it. In just few clicks you get access to your computer.

It lets you work on any content on your computer, record whatever you’re doing especially when you are playing around bugs or glitches as it is always a good idea to have them recorded for finding the fix. NoMachine is a kind of remote desktop sharing app every system administrator or every customer service executive needs.

Download NoMachine Here

6. Vinagre

Vinagre is a feature-rich remote desktop client for Linux and various other distributions including Ubuntu. With protocols like RDP, VNC and SSH are onboard you can have multiple connections at a time seamlessly.

Talking about feature it auto remembers the password for connections, bookmark connections, F11 shortcut to turn on/off fullscreen mode and save screenshots for current connections.

Download Vinagre Here

7. KRDC

KRDC is remote desktop client especially developed for KDE desktop environment. With the help of RDP or VNC protocol it gives you hassle free access to your system. It comes with simple and easy to use interface but if you are expecting it to provide lots of features then it is not going to happen.

Even though it doesn’t offer many features but still you can perform normal task such as file sharing, access documents and other files on your system.

Download KRDC Here

So these are the 7 best remote desktop sharing applications you can use to access your Linux system from anywhere. Feel free to share your views and queries at @LinuxHint and @SwapTirthakar.

About the author

Swapnil Tirthakar

Swapnil Tirthakar

A Software Engineer who loves football and passionate about traveling. I often spend my free time playing with gadgets and exploring new possibilities in tech world. I am Linux enthusiast and have about 6 years of experience in web development. I have good command on Python, Java, SQL and system security.