Would like to be able to connect to an existing X display, so can access my work environment and everything I left open from home. I vaguely remember something about using x11vnc in the past. But the package does not exists for Fedora 11, so I am thinking there is some built in method now.

NOTE: I connect to my work machine through a VPN so password protection is all I need security wise.


Use x11vnc, It will attach to a running session and let you share the desktop. If you run it as root to connect to an xdm session, you will need to do some research into Xauth as it can be a bit fiddly to set up.

Another advantage of this server is that it supports alot of the advanced VNC features used by UltraVNC including large bitmap caching and file-transfer.

  • If you go this route, be aware that you might hit the problem hinted at with this question: serverfault.com/questions/19855/… – David Mackintosh Jun 17 '09 at 16:45
  • okay so x11vnc still the go. So where is the fedora package for it :( – grom Jun 18 '09 at 1:16
  • Have a look here: rpm.pbone.net/index.php3/stat/3/srodzaj/1/search/x11vnc You might not have much luck though. Fedora 11 is too new. Try installing the Fedora 10 packages. – Sekenre Jun 18 '09 at 9:20
  • it also has a long standing and well documented bug that crashes the server constantly with many standard window functions and the code is orphaned and will likely never be fixed. – Scott Mar 15 at 1:55
  • @Scott please provide links. Also If you could suggest alternatives I would be happy to update my answer. – Sekenre Mar 15 at 14:07

If you're using KDE at work, KDE already has a VNC server built in.

Presumably, GNOME does too.


As an alternative, you might want to look at NX. It is usually much faster than VNC over the Internet, and I know you can configure it to be able to access the running X session on the console.


x11vnc (http://www.karlrunge.com/x11vnc/)


I did a fairly elaborate setup for a customer site that might be appropriate for you.

This is based on a configuration I did for a customer. They wanted the following:

  • that users could remote-desktop into an already-running desktop running on the system console;
  • that users could initiate a session running on the console if one wasn't already running, and then use that; and
  • that other users could connect to an already-running desktop, sharing access with the user who was already logged in.

See the details here.

Beware the security implications too.


According documentation Tigervnc has support for this.

x0vncserver is a TigerVNC Server which makes any X display remotely accessible via VNC, TigerVNC or compatible viewers. Unlike Xvnc(1), it does not create a virtual display. Instead, it just shares an existing X server (typically, that one connected to the physical screen).

x0vncserver -display :0

Use xrfb.

I need to type more than 10 characters, lalalaa.

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    A link to the home page would be much more useful. – vines May 30 '15 at 13:06

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