Hello and welcome to my tutorial. Here is how you can install VNC and connect to your servers.

Start by updating your packages:

sudo apt-get update

Start by installing VNC4SERVER package:

sudo apt -y install vnc4server

Now you must install your desktop enviroment. I prefer XFCE since it’s easy to setup. sudo apt install xfce4 xfce4-goodies

Configure VNC: Run this command and enter your password for VNC!


Start your VNC service:

vncserver :1

Kill your VNC service:

vncserver -kill :1


Before you modify the xstartup file, back up the original:

    • mv ~/.vnc/xstartup ~/.vnc/xstartup.bak



Now create a new xstartup file and open it in your text editor:

    • nano ~/.vnc/xstartup



Commands in this file are executed automatically whenever you start or restart the VNC server. We need VNC to start our desktop environment if it’s not already started. Add these commands to the file:

xrdb $HOME/.Xresources
startxfce4 &

The first command in the file, xrdb $HOME/.Xresources, tells VNC’s GUI framework to read the server user’s .Xresources file. .Xresources is where a user can make changes to certain settings of the graphical desktop, like terminal colors, cursor themes, and font rendering. The second command tells the server to launch Xfce, which is where you will find all of the graphical software that you need to comfortably manage your server.

To ensure that the VNC server will be able to use this new startup file properly, we’ll need to make it executable.

sudo chmod +x ~/.vnc/xstartup

Now, restart the VNC server.

  • vncserver

You’ll see output similar to this


New 'X' desktop is your_hostname:1

Starting applications specified in /home/sammy/.vnc/xstartup
Log file is /home/sammy/.vnc/your_hostname:1.log

With the configuration in place, let’s connect to the server from our local machine.



Now at last connect with your public ip and password you provided