VNC clients

VNC is a system that allows you to see and interact with the screen of your virtual server in a window on your desktop. VNC is the best way to interact with your server during the installation process, and you may wish to use it if you prefer to use the desktop rather than the command line to administer your server.

To use VNC you need a VNC client for your desktop. These are freely available for all platforms. Our recommended clients are listed below.

When configuring your VNC client you will need the VNC IP address, your VNC password, and either the port number or the display number. You can get this information from the status command on the admin console for your server (you must first set a password using the vnc-passwd command).

The port number and display number are essentially the same bit of information. If your client doesn't prompt you for either, trying appending ":" followed by the port number to the IP address for your server, e.g. ""


We recommend Vinagre for use on Linux. (Several users report getting stuck in full-screen mode in Vinagre: the key to exit full-screen mode is typically F11.) Remmina also looks good.

Mac OS X

We recommend the bizarrely named Chicken of the VNC for Mac OS X.

We have had problems with the client hanging unless you disable CopyRect Encoding. You can disable this using the Connection Profiles menu option.

You may also need to disable mouse pointer acceleration in your installed OS.


For Windows desktops we recommend Tight VNC.