Install and Connect to a VNC Viewer over SSH

March 3, 2018


This post shows how to install and setup a VNC connection over an SSH tunnel.


1. Log in to the server over SSH. You can set up something like this in .ssh/config:


2. Install tightvncserver


3. Start the vncserver:

... and set the password


4. Note the display:

It may be:






5. Set up ssh port forwarding.

If you have a display on name:1 then you'll use 5901, if you have a display on name:2 you'll use port 5902


A general note from link:


Means "Start an SSH connection to snoopy, and also listen on port x on my machine, and forward any connections there to port y on snoopy."


Specifically if you're connecting to a display name:1 on snoopy you'll use:


If you're connecting to a name:2 you'll use:


6. Install vncviewer on the computer you're connecting to the server


7. Now call

And specify



  • Tightvnc logo is from link.





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