RDP to connect to Ubuntu


The popularity of Ubuntu, a Linux distribution, can be attributed to its extensive app store and robust hardware support. As a result, Ubuntu has become the most well-known Linux distribution globally. Whether you use Ubuntu as your main operating system or not, knowing how to remote desktop into it can be advantageous.

Thankfully, Ubuntu offers excellent built-in support for remote desktops, making it easy to utilise some of the best remote desktop programs available. This built-in support eliminates the need to download and install additional software, saving time and effort.

Ubuntu includes excellent built-in support for remote desktops, making it easy to use some of the best remote desktop software available.

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Is it possible to enable a remote desktop for Ubuntu using the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP)?

Using Windows server's graphical user interface, users can connect to and interact with the remote desktop protocol.

Xrdp is an open-source RDP server that you can use to connect to an entire remote desktop session or a Linux server's graphical user interface using RDP.

How to Use RDP to Connect to Ubuntu

Remote desktop protocol (RDP) is a secure communication protocol that allows remote access to a computer over a network connection. In this guide, we will show you how to use RDP to connect to your Ubuntu system.


Before we begin, make sure you have the following:

1. Ubuntu Server installed on your system.

2. RDP Client installed on your local computer.

3. Internet Connection to establish a remote connection to your Ubuntu server.

4. Server IP Address or hostname of your Ubuntu server.

Connecting to your Ubuntu desktop with RDP: Step-by-step guide

1) Connect to the virtual server via SSH and update the system

sudo apt-get update

2) Install and enable the xRDP utility:

sudo apt-get install xrdp

3) Add to the autorun:

    sudo systemctl enable xrdp

    4) Open the RDP port for a remote connection:

    sudo ufw allow 3389/tcp

    5) Restart the xRDP server for the changes to take effect:

    sudo /etc/init.d/xrdp restart

    Connect to your desktop.

    Open the Windows Remote Desktop Connection application to connect. Enter the server IP address and user name and click Connect:

    A security warning appears when you connect, this is because there is a connection with the Linux family of operating systems. Click Yes. In the window that comes up, select Xorg as your session, enter the password for the user, click OK:

    This connects to the desktop.

    Congratulations! You have successfully connected to your Ubuntu system using RDP. You can now remotely access and control your Ubuntu server from anywhere.