CentOS 7 Remote Desktop From Windows

CentOS 7 Remote Desktop From Windows

In this guide i will show how to CentOS 7 Remote Desktop From Windows and install tigervnc, xrdp on CentOS 7.

TigerVNC is a high-performance, platform-neutral implementation of VNC, a client/server application that allows users to launch and interact with graphical applications on remote machines.

xrdp – open source remote desktop protocol(rdp) server. Based on the work of FreeRDP and rdesktop, xrdp uses the remote desktop protocol to present a GUI to the user.


First of all we need install Gnome GUI on our CentOS 7 or RHEL 7 – How To Install Gnome CentOS 7.


CentOS 7 XRDP Install

Tigervnc server centos 7 installation with xrdp we can do by using YUM command:

# yum install xrdp tigervnc-server


[root@localhost ~]# yum install xrdp tigervnc-server
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, langpacks
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
* base: mirror.fileplanet.com
* epel: mirrors.develooper.com
* extras: mirror.hostduplex.com
* updates: repos-lax.psychz.net
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package tigervnc-server.x86_64 0:1.8.0-13.el7 will be installed
---> Package xrdp.x86_64 1:0.9.9-1.el7 will be installed
--> Processing Dependency: xrdp-selinux = 1:0.9.9-1.el7 for package: 1:xrdp-0.9. 9-1.el7.x86_64
--> Processing Dependency: xorgxrdp for package: 1:xrdp-0.9.9-1.el7.x86_64
--> Running transaction check
---> Package xorgxrdp.x86_64 0:0.2.9-1.el7 will be installed
---> Package xrdp-selinux.x86_64 1:0.9.9-1.el7 will be installed
--> Finished Dependency Resolution

Dependencies Resolved

Package Arch Version Repository Size
tigervnc-server x86_64 1.8.0-13.el7 base 215 k
xrdp x86_64 1:0.9.9-1.el7 epel 419 k
Installing for dependencies:
xorgxrdp x86_64 0.2.9-1.el7 epel 63 k
xrdp-selinux x86_64 1:0.9.9-1.el7 epel 16 k

Transaction Summary
Install 2 Packages (+2 Dependent packages)

Total download size: 713 k
Installed size: 2.7 M
Is this ok [y/d/N]: y
Downloading packages:
(1/4): xrdp-0.9.9-1.el7.x86_64.rpm | 419 kB 00:00
(2/4): tigervnc-server-1.8.0-13.el7.x86_64.rpm | 215 kB 00:00
(3/4): xorgxrdp-0.2.9-1.el7.x86_64.rpm | 63 kB 00:00
(4/4): xrdp-selinux-0.9.9-1.el7.x86_64.rpm | 16 kB 00:00
Total 671 kB/s | 713 kB 00:01
Running transaction check
Running transaction test
Transaction test succeeded
Running transaction
Warning: RPMDB altered outside of yum.
Installing : xorgxrdp-0.2.9-1.el7.x86_64 1/4
Installing : 1:xrdp-0.9.9-1.el7.x86_64 2/4
Installing : 1:xrdp-selinux-0.9.9-1.el7.x86_64 3/4
Installing : tigervnc-server-1.8.0-13.el7.x86_64 4/4
Verifying : 1:xrdp-selinux-0.9.9-1.el7.x86_64 1/4
Verifying : 1:xrdp-0.9.9-1.el7.x86_64 2/4
Verifying : tigervnc-server-1.8.0-13.el7.x86_64 3/4
Verifying : xorgxrdp-0.2.9-1.el7.x86_64 4/4

tigervnc-server.x86_64 0:1.8.0-13.el7 xrdp.x86_64 1:0.9.9-1.el7

Dependency Installed:
xorgxrdp.x86_64 0:0.2.9-1.el7 xrdp-selinux.x86_64 1:0.9.9-1.el7



After xrdp and tigervnc-server installing start the xrdp service by using command:

# systemctl start xrdp


To start xrdp service at boot, use the enable command:

# systemctl enable xrdp


To conform xrdp listening on 3389 port with netstat command:

# netstat -tulpn | grep xrdp


tcp 0 0* LISTEN 7534/xrdp-sesman
tcp 0 0* LISTEN 7535/xrdp


Configure Firewall

Configure the firewalld to allow incoming RDP connections to TCP 3389 port:

firewall-cmd --permanent --add-port=3389/tcp
firewall-cmd --reload



Access CentOS From Windows Remote Desktop

Launch Windows rdp client and try access CentOS from Windows:

Access CentOS From Windows Remote Desktop

Access CentOS From Windows Remote Desktop

Ignore the warning of RDP certificate and accept the certificate:

Ignore the warning of RDP certificate and accept the certificate

Ignore the warning of RDP certificate and accept the certificate

In next window make sure you use module Xvnc Session and type your Linux user credentials:

xrdp for centos 7

Click OK and in get CentOS 7 remote Desktop:

centos 7 remote desktop from windows

Read also: How to Remote Desktop from Windows to Ubuntu.



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