Linux GUI application running on server, seeing its output on Windows client: Solution is simpler than the problem. Following are step-by-step instructions to do it using Xming and Putty,

Step-1

Download and Install XMing on your windows machine.

Download link:     http://sourceforge.net/projects/xming/

Complete installation after downloading, do not yet run anything.

Step-2

Download Putty for your Windows flavor (No installation is required, downloaded file is executable itself)

Download link:  http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html

Step-3

Launch XMing (from desktop icon). No window will appear, it should now be silently visible in your system tray.

 

 

 

Step-4

Launch Putty. Putty’s configuration window will appear.

Step-5

In configuration window, select “Connection->SSH->X11″ and set “Enable X11 forwarding” check box.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step-6

Click on session again, give the server name. (Linux server address/hostname on which application will actually run).

Click Open.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step-7

Putty terminal will appear. Log in specifying username and password. From prompt, launch your GUI application specifying command. For example, I have launched xterm in my session.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Xming will open a new window for the GUI on your windows machine. The graphical output of the window will appear within Xming window.

 

 

 

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4 Responses to Linux GUI on windows

  1. Tsiolkovsky says:

    You can also run the true native KDE Plasma desktop and KDE apps on Windows. Just check out the KDE Windows project : http://windows.kde.org/

  2. You can also do this with seamlessrdp.

  3. Chukay says:

    Xming is probably my fairovte windows xserver app, but I have noticed some problems with it. Particularly with installing Oracle w/ using xming as an xserver I ran into issues with the installer hanging. When i used a cygwin xserver it didnt have a problem.

  4. My machine is also named terminator 🙂

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