Remmina – Remote desktop client

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Remmina is a remote desktop client written in GTK+, aiming to be useful for system administrators and travellers, who need to work with lots of remote computers in front of either large monitors or tiny netbooks. Remmina supports multiple network protocols in an integrated and consistant user interface. Currently RDP, VNC, XDMCP and SSH are supported.
Remmina is released with three separated packages:

* "remmina", the main GTK+ application
* "remmina-gnome", the GNOME desktop applet
* "remmina-xfce", the Xfce panel plugin

Remmina is free and open-source software, released under GNU GPL license.


Remmina project comes with two separated packages.

The Remmina main program:

* A pure GTK+ 2.0 application!
* Maintain a list of remote desktop files, organized by groups
* Make quick connections by directly putting in the server name
* Remote desktops with higher resolutions are scrollable/scalable in both window and fullscreen mode
* Viewport fullscreen mode: remote desktop automatically scrolls when the mouse moves over the screen edge.
* Floating toolbar in fullscreen mode, allows you to switch between modes, toggle keyboard grabbing, minimize, etc.
* Tabbed interface, optionally managed by groups
* Supported network protocols: RDP, VNC, XDMCP, SSH, Avahi

The Remmina panel applets:

* Support GNOME and Xfce desktop environment in separated packages
* Open the main program or access preference dialog easily
* Drop-down applet menu to make the connections easily
* Remote desktop files are organized in sub-menu by groups
* Automatic service discovery using Avahi

Install remmina in Ubuntu

For Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic) Users

Open the terminal and run the following commands

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:llyzs/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo aptitude install remmina remmina-gnome

For Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty) Users

First you need to edit /etc/apt/sources.list file

gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Add the following line

deb jaunty main

Save and exit the file

Add gpg key

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys 5A0FA8F1

Update source list

sudo apt-get update

Install remmina

sudo aptitude install remmina remmina-gnome


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18 Responses

  1. Shawn says:

    I use mremote daily at work. I run ubuntu on one of my computers at home. I think this may give me the functionality that I have been missing with the rdesktop client.

  2. danpre says:

    I’m using Remmina about 2 months.
    This is a great tool.
    I have about 20 servers to managage, I use different connection options for them so it makes about 50 different connections – remmina is the tool I was looking for very long (KDE has KRDC but gnome just simple terminal services klient)

  3. danpre says:

    This is windows software…
    Do you run this on ubuntu?

  4. IcyJ says:

    I also use Remmina almost every day at work. I have to connect to many different customers’ computers and servers and this piece of software lets me keep all of those connections very organized. Highly recommended!

  5. Matt says:

    So does this only support opening SFTP connections to servers and not SSH terminals?

  6. jason says:

    will this work on ubuntu 8.04.x ?

  7. Ulf says:

    @Matt: You’re right. For ssh terminal sessions, you may want to try sshmenu and it’s applet sshmenu-gnome. It is really great!

  8. Ahmed Abdo says:

    I need an open source application similar to secureCRT for connecting to linux servers and has the capability of saving user name and password.

  9. shane says:

    I like the look of this … pretty similar to Gnome-RDP … but some nicer options. One suggestion: in windowed mode, there should be a way to hide that huge toolbar …. takes up too much realestate in my view. If it could hide like it does in full screen mode, that would be the bomb!

  10. davedude says:

    How can you pass command line options to Remmina. Like rdesktop supports: rdesktop -u username -p password. I want it to open a new tab everytime

  11. Remmina is great. Is there a way to save ssh password in it ?
    I want to login with just one click

  12. Ulf says:

    @Rozliczanie nfz: If you want instant ssh connections without typing passwords, put your public key into ~/.ssh/authorized_keys of the remote account. That way you will be able to authenticate without password with remmina as well as any other method. Of course, your ssh key may have a passphrase which may be cached by ssh-agent.

  13. Thomas says:

    @Ahmed: Secure CRT is now available (as beta) for Linux.

  14. somchai says:

    Currently I have installed Remmina on Ubuntu 10 version, I have problem with sound audio, the sound was comes shortly and disappeared.

    anyone can help me for this problem.


  15. Tushar says:

    I installed ubuntu-11 and I am able to connect to remote Windows PC using remmina but after connection I am not able to type or use mouse on remote PC . Can someone help here ?


  16. jonny rocket says:

    i use it. works great.

  17. zainab says:

    it give me this message
    Unable to connect to RDP server

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