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Remmina: The GTK+ Remote Desktop Client
Initially developed by Vic Lee
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 consistent user interface. Currently RDP, VNC, SPICE, NX, XDMCP, SSH and EXEC are supported.
Remmina is released in separated source packages:
- "remmina", the main GTK+ application
- "remmina-plugins", a set of plugins
Remmina is free and open-source software, released under GNU GPL license.
Usually remmina is included in your linux distribution or in an external repository. Do not ask for distribution packages or precompiled binaries here. This is a development site.
Remmina is not available on the default Debian 9 (Stretch) repositories. It can be installed from the Backports repository.
To install Remmina from Debian Backports, just copy and paste the following lines on a terminal window:
echo 'deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian stretch-backports main' | sudo tee --append /etc/apt/sources.list.d/stretch-backports.list >> /dev/null sudo apt update sudo apt install -t stretch-backports remmina remmina-plugin-rdp remmina-plugin-secret
Using Snap Package (also for other supported distros)
You can install the last release from the Ubuntu Software center, looking for
remmina, otherwise you can install it from terminal with:
sudo snap install remmina
If you want to install latest git revision of remmina, you can use it from the
sudo snap install remmina --edge
Or update the current installed version with the selected channel:
sudo snap refresh remmina --channel=edge # use --channel=stable otherwise
To enable some advanced features such as
mount-control (to manage mount positions),
avahi-observer (to automatically look for local servers to connect to),
cups-control (to manage printing),
password-manager-service (to use gnome-keyring) you should run something like:
sudo snap connect remmina:avahi-observe :avahi-observe # servers discovery sudo snap connect remmina:cups-control :cups-control # printing sudo snap connect remmina:mount-observe :mount-observe # mount management sudo snap connect remmina:password-manager-service :password-manager-service # gnome-keyring
Snap packages will be updated automatically and will include both latest
FreeRDP git and latest
libssh 0.7 release (for better security).
To install it, just copy and paste the following three lines on a terminal window
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:remmina-ppa-team/remmina-next sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install remmina remmina-plugin-rdp libfreerdp-plugins-standard
By default the RDP, SSH and SFTP plugins are installed. You can view a list of available plugins with
apt-cache search remmina-plugin
If you want to connect to more securely configured SSH servers on Ubuntu 16.04 and below, you have to upgrade libssh to 0.7.X. This can be achieved by adding the following PPA containing libssh 0.7.X by David Kedves and upgrading your packages:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kedazo/libssh-0.7.x sudo apt-get update
Fedora and Red Hat
As of March 2018 Remmina is available on most fedora testing and stable, we still have a (not updated) copr provided by Hubbitus (Pavel Alexeev), to install just execute as root:
dnf copr enable hubbitus/remmina-next dnf upgrade --refresh 'remmina*' 'freerdp*'
On Red Hat you can enable the EPEL repository:
Note: Unlucky Remmina is not yet in EPEL, you can help submitting a request on the Red Hat bugzilla.
wget http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-release-latest-7.noarch.rpm rpm -ivh epel-release-latest-7.noarch.rpm
Arch Linux based
Remmina is in the offical repositories for all openSUSE distributions. In case the version in the released stable branch of openSUSE is too old you can install the latest one from the devel project via:
zypper ar -f obs://X11:RemoteDesktop/remmina remmina zypper ref zypper in remmina
For users with a distro that supports Flatpak, including Ubuntu
Download this flatpak and install it as described here
flatpak remote-add --user --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo flatpak install --user --bundle remmina-dev.flatpak flatpak run org.remmina.Remmina
Last stable official build on FlatHub
Execute the following commands.
flatpak remote-add --user --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo flatpak install --user flathub org.remmina.Remmina flatpak run org.remmina.Remmina
If you use SSH agent (https://github.com/flatpak/flatpak/issues/1438 )
flatpak run --filesystem=$SSH_AUTH_SOCK --env=SSH_AUTH_SOCK=$SSH_AUTH_SOCK org.remmina.Remmina
Just be aware that flatpak store data for installed applications (the XDG config/data folders) under
So for instance, if you previously have installed remmina with another package manager, you will have to transfer what was under
$HOME/.local/share/remmina under, respectively
External not supported plugins
There are also some external, not supported plugins provided by Muflone :
- remmina-plugin-folder A protocol plugin for Remmina to open a folder.
- remmina-plugin-open A protocol plugin for Remmina to open a document with its associated application.
- remmina-plugin-rdesktop A protocol plugin for Remmina to open a RDP connection with rdesktop.
- remmina-plugin-teamviewer A protocol plugin for Remmina to launch a TeamViewer connection.
- remmina-plugin-ultravnc A protocol plugin for Remmina to connect via VNC using UltraVNC viewer.
- remmina-plugin-url A protocol plugin for Remmina to open an URL in an external browser.
- remmina-plugin-webkit A protocol plugin for Remmina to launch a GTK+ Webkit browser.
From the source code
Follow the guides available on the wiki:
Just select Remmina from your application menu or execute remmina from the command line
Remmina support also the following options:
-a, --about Show about dialog -c, --connect=FILE Connect to a .remmina file -e, --edit=FILE Edit a .remmina file -n, --new Create a new connection profile -p, --pref=PAGENR Show preferences dialog page -x, --plugin=PLUGIN Execute the plugin -q, --quit Quit the application -s, --server=SERVER Use default server name -t, --protocol=PROTOCOL Use default protocol -i, --icon Start as tray icon -v, --version Show the application's version -V, --full-version Show the application's version, including the plugin versions --display=DISPLAY X display to use
You can configure everything from the graphical interface or editing by hand the files under $HOME/.remmina or $HOME/.config/remmina
See [CONTRIBUTING.md](CONTRIBUTING.md) for a better overview.
If you want to contribute with code:
- Fork it
- Create your feature branch (
git checkout -b my-new-feature)
- Commit your changes (
git commit -am 'Add some feature')
- Push to the branch (
git push origin my-new-feature)
- Create new Pull Request
If you want to contribute in other ways, drop us an email using the form provided in our web site.
If you rather prefer to contribute to Remmina with money you are more than welcome.
For more informations See the Remmina web site donation page.
See the [THANKS.md](THANKS.md) file for an exhaustive list of supporters.
If clicking on the line above does not work, use this payment info:
- Remmina bitcoin address: 1298H2vaxcbDQRuRYkDjfFbvGEgxE1CNjk
- Message: Remmina Donation
Remmina is maintained by:
See the [AUTHORS](AUTHORS) for an exhaustive list. If you are not listed and you have contributed, feel free to update that file.
- Wiki and compilation instructions
- G+ Remmina community
- IRC we are on freenode.net , in the channel #remmina, you can also use a web client in case
Licensed under the GPLv2 license
*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the Remmina README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.