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40+ Ways To Access Your Computer Remotely

Posted by Hemprasad Y. Badgujar on January 21, 2014

This list is divided into four main sections: VNC (Virtual Network Computing), NX, remote desktop and cross-protocol. If those terms mean nothing to you, you might want to skip to the “other” section for the most straightforward applications. That said, let’s begin.





  • Ajax VNC – Clientless VNC solution in the web’s favorite programming language.
  • Apple Remote Desktop – Apple’s jumped on the remote desktop bandwagon with this great VNC server built right into OS X.
  • Chicken of the VNC – One of the most popular VNC clients for OS X under the GPL.
  • DirectVNC – UNIX client using the framebuffer device via DirectFB.
  • FVNC – Great VNC client written in Flash. That’s right, Flash.
  • MetaVNC – This unique client/server package merges the host and remote desktops together into one Windows or Linux desktop.
  • .NET VNC Viewer – C# viewer that works with Windows and Windows Mobile/CE devices.
  • PowerVNC – Java-based client with support for SSH and SFTP.
  • RealVNC – Server/client from the original VNC developers.
  • sVNC – The perfect tool for offering remote assistance to Mac users, since there’s barely any configuring required.
  • SymVNC – Symbian phone client for connecting to your PC.
  • TightVNC – Popular VNC server/client with nice Java applet.
  • TurboVNC – TightVNC spinoff with great support for 3D apps.
  • UltraVNC – Wildly popular client/server app with file transfer, video drivers, chat, and much more.
  • Vine Server – OS X server with clipboard sharing, port changing, and a universal binary.
  • VncViewer for 8086 – Got an old IBM running FreeDOS or DOS? Put it to work with this VNC client.
  • VNCViewer for PocketPC – Client for, you guessed it, PocketPC users.
  • x11vnc – Unlike most other VNC servers for UNIX and Linux, this server lets you share your current desktop session (instead of a separate session).




NoMachine NX Client

Remote Desktop Protocol




  • CoRD – Remote desktop client for Mac OS X users.
  • grdestkop – Gnome wrapper for the rdesktop application.
  • krdesktop – rdesktop frontend written in KDE.
  • properJavaRDP – Cross-platform Java client based on rdesktop.
  • rdesktop – Extremely powerful command-line client for UNIX/Linux.
  • Remote Desktop – Microsoft’s official server, for XP Pro and Vista.
  • xrdp – Serves an X window session to incoming Windows clients.





  • Connection Manager – VNC, RDP, and Telnet manager for UNIX/Linux distros.
  • KDE Desktop Sharing – The official KDE VNC server package.
  • KDE Remote Desktop Connection – The official KDE client for RDP and VNC.
  • Kurd – Great rdesktop/vncviewer frontend for KDE.
  • mRemote – Manage VNC and RDP connections on Windows with this handy app.
  • RDPMan – A little utility to manage RDP, VNC, and Telnet connections for Windows.





  • CrossLoop – Easy-to-use remote access utility with file sharing and a multilingual interface.
  • GoToMyPC – Extremely popular remote access program for ~$25/month.
  • LogMeIn – Remote access app with a free and a pro ($12.95/month) version with file transfer, remote printing, and more.
  • Unyte – Nice remote desktop server with a Java applet viewer and IM integration.

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