Install Xrdp for VNC via Windows Remote Desktop

xrdp creates an RDP server on remote Linux PCs.

RDP client on laptop:

  • Windows: factory installed
  • macOS: RDP client
  • Linux: apt install xfreerdp

Setup Xrdp server: remote Linux PC has the Xrdp server. Install Xrdp and Openbox desktop

apt install xrdp openbox

Create ~/.xsession containing

exec openbox-session

Enable xrdp with new config

service xrdp restart

Openbox will show a grey screen upon typing password at Xrdp login. Right-click mouse to open menu. If only a gray/black screen, try editing /etc/xrdp/ on the remote PC:


if [ -r /etc/default/locale ]; then
. /etc/default/locale

exec openbox-session