Share X instance with VNC?

Jon Hamilton hamilton at
Fri Mar 27 23:58:23 PDT 2009

On Fri, March 27, 2009 08:03, Mike Manlief wrote:
> Is it possible to access a normal (connected to vga) Xorg instance from
> VNC as well?  I'd like to remotely access my X desktop at home without
> having to run multiple sessions.

Yep.  Just set up x11vnc - you can configure it a variety of ways.  You may
want to look at tunneling it over ssh and/or setting up some of the
authorization checks which by default are disabled.  It's not necessarily
snappy, and depending on the screen size and resolution on both ends, may be
a little unwieldy and require some scrolling to get to the entire remote
desktop, but it gets the job done.

Depending on what you need, it may be sufficient (i.e. some long running
thing running on your home machine which you want to check on or which you
want to push a button etc) - but it's probably going to be frustrating if
you expect to use it interactively for any length of time.

Easy enough to set up and try out, though.

Jon Hamilton
hamilton at

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