VNC over an SSH connection


Using a VNC client over an SSH tunnel can be useful. I sometimes use that setup when I have a GUI application running remotely that I don't want to restart. Using VNC I can quickly take control of it.

$ # SSH and open a tunnel for the VNC connection
$ ssh -C -L 5900:localhost:5900
$ # Start the VNC server on (apt-get install x11vnc)
$ x11vnc -display :0

$ # On the local machine (apt-get install xtightvncviewer)
$ vncviewer localhost



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