How to access Ubuntu from Windows remotely
Yes Follow these steps :
Step 1 – Install xRDP
Open Terminal (Crtl+Alt+T) and execute the following commands :
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xrdp
sudo systemctl enable xrdp
Step 2 – Install XFCE4 (Unity doesn’t seem to support xRDP in Ubuntu 20.10 although in Ubuntu 12.04 it was supported that’s why we install XFCE4)
sudo apt-get install xfce4
The output will look something like this:
● xrdp.service - xrdp daemon
Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/xrdp.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
Active: active (running) since Fri 2020-11-13 17:36:16 UTC; 14min 40s ago
Step 3 – Configure xRDP
In this step we modify 2 files to make sure xRDP uses xfce4. First we need to create or edit our .xsession file in our home directory. We can either use nano or simply redirect an echo statement (easier):
echo xfce4-session ~/.xsession
The second file we need to edit is the startup file for xRDP, so it will start xfce4.
sudo nano /etc/xrdp/startwm.sh
The content should look like this (pay attention to the last line and ignore
if [ -r /etc/default/locale ]; then
export LANG LANGUAGE
Note: Only add startxfce4.
Step 4 – Restart xRDP
To make all these changes effective, restart xRDP as such:
sudo service xrdp restart
Testing your xRDP connection
On the computer that will remotely control your Ubuntu machine, start you RDP client. Windows comes standard with a Remote Desktop client (mstsc.exe – you can start it from a command prompt, or find the shortcut to Remote Desktop under Accessories). Or Search ‘remote’ in start in Windows 7 or Windows 10.
Whichever client you use, most work with either the computer network name or IP address of your Ubuntu machine.
To find the IP address on your Ubuntu box, type:
(note: this is a capital “i”)
Enter the IP address of your Ubuntu Machine. For Example
Depending on your RDP client capabilities and settings (for example, Microsoft RDP Client allows automatic login), you might or might not see the login screen. Here we enter our Ubuntu username and password and click “OK”
You are done, enjoy