Install Xrdp for VNC via Windows Remote Desktop

xrdp creates an RDP server on remote Linux PCs.

Setup RDP client

RDP client (on your laptop) is installed by:

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

Setup Xrdp server

The 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 you just get a gray/black screen, try editing /etc/xrdp/ to contain

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

exec openbox-session