VNC on other platforms & environments
Linux RPMs & Debian packages
Linux RPMs & Debian packagesOther people have kindly packaged VNC up in RPM and Debian package form; see for example under 'V' at the RPM archive http://rufus.w3.org/linux/RPM/ and at www.debian.org . Note that these may not be identical to the standard AT&T distributions, and may not be updated as frequently, so you should check the main VNC site frequently.
AIXWe've been told you can get VNC for AIX from http://www.bull.de/pub/aix432_frame.html.
Also IBM is including AIX 4.3.3 and AIX5L VNC binaries and source in it's AIX Toolbox for Linux applications at http://www-1.ibm.com/servers/aix/products/aixos/linux/index.html
Acorn RISC OSWe know of two viewers for RISC OS.
A server for RISC OS is also available from http://www.corkes.net/vnc/
AmigaVVA - a VNC viewer for the Amiga. which was started by Jörg Dietrich is now being maintained by Denis Spach
Stéphane Guillard - email@example.com writes:
I have set up a (incomplete, but usable) Amiga VNC server, which can be found on Aminet (http://de.aminet.net), as comm/tcp/AmiVNC.lha (ie. here).
This is a work in progress.
BeOSAndreas F. Bobak writes:
Yesterday, I made a first port of the VNC viewer to the BeOS. I mixed together the Win32 viewer and the Unix viewer and added a bunch of BeOS specific stuff. It basically works but perfomance does scream. RRE encoding is broken and Hextile encoding has a strange bug, but it's usable with just CoRRE and CopyRect.
A snapshot of the sources and a x86 binary can be found under http://abstrakt.ch/be/
-- Andreas F. Bobak firstname.lastname@example.org
BSDIKurt Seel <email@example.com> writes:
vnc compiles cleanly on bsdi 3.0 (no patches) with the following
Cygwin32Valery Tulnikov has built the server and viewer under Cygwin-32, based on the 3.3.1 patches by Sergey Okhapkin. This allows you to run the X viewer and server under Win32. Yes, there are some good reasons why you might want to do this! See http://www.dol.ru/users/valtul/ for more info.
DOSMarinos J. Yannikos <firstname.lastname@example.org> has written a VNC viewer which runs under DOS, using packet drivers and the Waterloo TCP/IP library along with the Allegro graphics library. The whole system including the IP stack fits comfortably on a floppy disk. You can get it from here. .
EPOC (Psion)We know of two versions of the java viewer to download for EPOC.
Steve Allam < email@example.com> writes:
Back in February, I first tried the VNC Java client on my Psion Netbook. It worked quite well, although you had to do nasty command line stuff,- on a psion that doesn't have a command line by default.
So, I have added two fields; one for the host and the other for the port. I've also added a help screen that tells you how to move the screen around - i.e the psion screen behaves like a window on the larger VNC screen.
The whole thing is packaged as an SIS file, and can be downloaded from:
http://www.imhotek.com in the downloads section, at the bottom.
The reason I have taken so long it that I've only just got around to rebuilding the SIS file using a proper psion UID number! I will be changing the host/port display to make this a combo box, that saves previous servers, at some point.
Starting from the Java 1.1 code for the VNC viewer, I packaged an EPOC application so that the viewer can be run easily from any palmtop which support a Java VM (Psion 5mx & compatibles). It was tested on the Psion Series 5mx, Series 7, Netbook, and the Ericsson MC218, and it works with any Internet connection. More information and a downloadable vncviewer.sis file at http://www.geocities.com/giulopresti/handhelds/vnc-epoc.html
FreeBSDJoe Evans <firstname.lastname@example.org> reports:
I compiled the VNC stuff on FreeBSD 2.2.5, and it seems to work fine. The only compile glitch was that you need to remove the gnumalloc library from the extra libraries list in order to do the link step.
Bruce Mah < email@example.com > adds:
vnc is now a part of the FreeBSD ports collection...on FreeBSD 2.2.7-RELEASE or newer with an installed ports collection, the installation process is simply:
Geos (eg. Nokia 9000)Marcus Groeber < firstname.lastname@example.org > writes:
I have just uploaded the first public version of the VNC Viewer for
It allows you to access VNC servers from machines running Geos 3.0,
GGISteve Cheng email@example.com writes:
libGGI is a portable graphics library with a flexible design. See <http://www.ggi-project.org> for details. The graphics application can betransparently "retargeted" to different types of displays including X11, Linux svgalib and fbcon. (Win32 soon to come.) The VNC targets adds the VNC protocol to this list. You can even run doom over VNC! :-)
Standand VNC clients can be used with the VNC target/GGI application as the server.
You can get it here: <http://shell.ipoline.com/~elmert/vnc.tar.gz>
Untar it under degas/lib/libggi of the GGI devel tree. (The stable GGI tree won't work because of namespace changes,etc.)
A long while ago someone wanted a "stripped-down version of the server part - one that skips listening/authentication phase and just uses stdin/stdout for the communication (run-once application)." This is not currently done yet, but I have made it easy to do so. The only problem is the libGGI application trying to use stdin/stdout.
[The VNC team] have asked me not to distribute this as part of libGGI
(yet). (It has GPL'd code; the other parts are LGPL as the rest of LibGGI).
So it won't be
Several contributors here. We'll thin these out soon.
Stephen Walton <firstname.lastname@example.org> who previously posted a detailed message entitled Building VNC 3.3.3 on HP-UX 10.20 has now also provided some HP/UX binaries. These are available at: http://www.csun.edu/~swalton/VNC. Stephen sent us this README
Karl Hakimian <email@example.com> wrote about his experiences building 3.3.2:
HPUX did not go as smoothly as some of the other OS's that have been reported, but I did manage to get things to compile under hpux 10.20.
First I had to change Xvnc/config/cf/hp.cf
Same as for 3.3.1, I made sure the following were set
#define ExtensionOSDefines -DHPINPUT # -DXTESTEXT1
#define BuildPex NO
I also had to change the following to NO
That got things most of the way compiled. I then could not link Xvnc becuase of several missing objects
Turns out I just needed to include sys/resource.h to two files in the programs/Xserver/os directory, the following patch takes care of that. (Karl's short patch is here)
And Mike Cooke writes:
Just to inform you I've managed to build the vnc suite on the following HP box HP-UX <name> B.10.20 E 9000/879
I had major problems trying to build it with the standard HP tools and after much head banging and source editing, I decided to forget it and switch to gcc which worked after about the 3'rd build. I applied the patches as advised in the contrib section on your site.
The only further problem I had was getting the Xvnc server to recognize the correct fonts - somehow the aliasing config here seems a bit odd, so to get around that problem I just ran the x font server and it solved all the problems.
And Ulrik Dickow <firstname.lastname@example.org> adds:
This evening I succesfully built vnc-3.3.2r3 on HP/UX 10.20 9000/712
without any modifications to the source files, but this gave lots of
It would be even easier if the changes were permanently done to the
To complete the help for fellow HP/UX'ers, the second attached patch
a) start a CDE session if possible, otherwise fall back to the old code
b) set the `-fp' argument reasonably for HP/UX (the CDE script
Due to b), the second patch should *not* be applied to the general
If somebody have problems with these plaintext unified diffs, I can
patch -p1 < vnc-3.3.2r3_unix.ukd-kh-hpux-patch
Long live GNU patch(1) (http://www.gnu.org/).
Thanks to ORL for conceiving a great product, and to Karl for finding
B3393AA_APZ B.10.20.02 HP-UX Developer's Toolkit for 10.0 Series
Ulrik's patches are at
Ulrik also pointed out that some HPUX distributions don't include xmkmf and imake, but that you can get both source and binaries for them from http://hpux.csc.liv.ac.uk/hppd/hpux/X11/Core/imake-5.06/.
See Windows CE below
Java VNC server
KDEmarkus.email@example.com has built a version of the viewer which fits nicely into the X-based KDE environment.
See http://freshmeat.net/appindex/1998/08/29/904438704.html for details.
Richard Moore firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
I've just released the first version of Keystone, a VNC client for KDE 2. The program has a homepage at http://apps.cx/keystone It is currently available through the KDE CVS snapshots and will hopefully be included in the next KDE 2 beta release. It is in the kdenetwork package. This program supercedes the KDE 1 program kvncviewer which you already have listed on your site.
LinuxPPCYou can get source and binary RPMs for LinuxPPC from ftp://ppc.linux.or.jp/pub/JRPM/pre-R5/.
MacOS X VNC server
Dan McGuirk <email@example.com> has produced OSXvnc, a VNC server for the Mac OS X platform. OSXvnc allows the Aqua desktop of an OS X machine to be accessed via VNC. The OSXvnc web page is accessible from http://www.aquafiles.com/pages/Networking/Remote_access/.
MacOS X XvncJeff Whitaker <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
I've created a patch that allows Xvnc to compile and run under MacOS X. Details at http://www.cdc.noaa.gov/~jsw/macosx_xvnc/.
MacOS VNCThing (alternative viewer)Dair Grant <email@example.com> has written an alternative Macintosh viewer which supports the Appearance Manager and Navigation Services, which means it looks more attractive on recent versions of MacOS. You can find it at http://www.webthing.net/vncthing/
MacOS alternative VNC serverJonathan Morton < firstname.lastname@example.org> has written an alternative Macintosh server. You can find it at http://www.chromatix.uklinux.net/vnc/
NetBSDEra eriksson <email@example.com> wrote to tell us that information about a NetBSD port for i386 is available at ftp://ftp.netbsd.org/pub/NetBSD/packages/pkgsrc/net/vnc/README.html
NetWinderRalph Siemsen <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
I've "ported" the server and client portions of your VNC package to
our NetWinder platform (an ARM-based linux system). There are only
minor changes necessary that stem from the fact that your package tries
to rebuild "imake" itself - but is isn't aware of the arm platform.
I've attached the patch below; it is against vnc-3.3.2r3 for unix.
Ralph's patch is available at http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/Research/DTG/attarchive/vnc/contrib/netwinder-patch.txt
NewtonSteve Weyer <email@example.com> has created newtVNC (a Newton VNC viewer and server).
John Stout and Andre Fischer wrote to tell us of an Oberon VNC viewer. Andre writes:
We have also written an Oberon VNC client that is now used on most of our laboratory PCs. A first glance can be taken from http://www.oberon.ethz.ch/native/vnc/ .
The software is at ftp://ftp.inf.ethz.ch/pub/Oberon/System3/Contrib/VNC/
Note: The VNC01.Arc is an (proprietary) Oberon archive to install in Oberon. You will find installation and usage instructions in http://www.oberon.ethz.ch/install.html.
And John said...
...it should give a reasonable system for low end machines. It needs what's called the Gadgets system so I don't think it would run off a single floppy, but certainly lower requirements than W95, MacOS, etc. There is a Native Oberon implementation for Linux so I assume it should work under that.
The link is at:http://www.oberon.ethz.ch/native/vnc/
OpenBSDJonathan Schneider <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes that he has built VNC successfully under OpenBSD 2.5 on both i386 and sparc by doing little more than creating a symbolic link from /usr/lib/X11 to /usr/X11R6/lib/X11. Either GNU make or BSD make will work. He needed a 'make -k' to get around the fact that there is no 'vncviewer.man' provided. He writes:
I've a slight gripe in that on the IPX at least, "make install" puts loads of stuff into /usr/lib/X11/config* which already existed in /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/config. I imagine that's desirable if there isn't already an X server installation but scary if there is (and it had used the correct directory).
OpenStep/MachDavid Young (email@example.com) writes:
I've written a client for OPENSTEP/Mach (that spiffy NeXT OS) for VNC.
It currently supports display at 24, 12, and 8 bpp, mouse and mostly-functional keyboard input (ASCII and control characters work; the mapping isn't yet complete and I'm looking for suggestions on how to complete it), and some other client-side niceties. Encodings other than raw are on their way, as is NSPasteboard integration.
I'm looking for users (preferably with VNC and OPENSTEP experience)
who can bang on this client on original NeXT boxes, Intel machines, or
SPARCstations running OPENSTEP 4.2, or just people who might find it useful
at this early state.
OS/2Akira Hatakeyama <firstname.lastname@example.org>is working on a native PM viewer. You can get it from http://www.sra.co.jp/people/akira/os2/vnc-pm/index.html
Bosse Nyström email@example.com has built the X viewer for OS/2 using XFree86. He writes:
I compiled the unix [3.3.1] sources with the attached diffs and got a working viewer under OS2 with XFree86 (and EMX).
I tested it with servers for OSF and Win32 (rev 16), some problems with National characters for the win server otherwise it works fine.
Tru64/Digital Unix/OSFWe used to have DEC Alpha OSF machines here, but they've all been switched off now, so we're unlikely to distribute any binaries for any more recent versions of VNC. Nirav Merchant firstname.lastname@example.org has made binaries for OSF 3.3.3 available. He writes:
I have put the OSF binaries, java classes along with the original copyright at:
Should work fine with Digital UNIX 4.0.
Since we will be using OSF, I will make sure that the lastest version of VNC OSF binaries are available at this URL.
Palm devices (PalmPilot, Palm III, etc)PalmVNC, a viewer for the Palm family of hand-held computers, is now being developed by Harakan Software - the homepage is at http://www.btinternet.com/~harakan/PalmVNC/
RedHat Linux 6.x
If you have difficulties running vncserver on RH6, check at least the following:
SCO OpenServerBen Maizels <email@example.com> sent the patches he used to compile under SCO OpenServer 5.
You can find his message at http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/Research/DTG/attarchive/vnc/contrib/sco-openserver.txt
SGI Irix 6.2 and upwardsSee sgi freeware for pre-configured, pre-compiled and inst-packaged VNC server and viewer.
SGI Irix 6.2Wolfram Gloger <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
The following small patch was all that was necessary for me to successfully compile Xvnc on SGI Irix 6.2 with the N32 binary format. A binary is available at ftp://ftp.dent.med.uni-muenchen.de/pub/wmglo/.
Wolfram's patch is available at http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/Research/DTG/attarchive/vnc/contrib/vnc-irix6.2-patch.txt .
SGI Irix 6.4 and 6.5Charlie Bond told us that Xvnc compiles OK as long as you do:
cd ./Xvnc ; make BOOTSTRAPCFLAGS=-DFIXUP_CPP_WHITESPACE Worldand Ellis Golub posted some useful notes to the VNC mailing list: IRIX 6.5 Build Notes
SPARC LinuxJames Hall <email@example.com> writes:
Just thought I would let you know: VNC 3.3.2r2 compiles just fine on
Linux/SPARC. I am using it now to run Word and Lotus Notes without
To compile, I just ran the 'configure' script, then typed 'make'. I think I got a few warnings during the compile (mostly unused variables) but VNC runs fine. This was on Red Hat Linux/SPARC 4.x, so I didn't have glibc. Don't know if that makes a difference.
I could not find a VNC package for Sparc Linux. So I made small patch and compiled on Redhat 5.2 sparc. Xvnc works fine.
You can download his patch here.
SunOS 4.1.3We've had reports that this buiilds without any problems if you use gcc.
SVGALIB (Linux without an X server) & Single-floppy Linux
One of the very first VNC viewer ports was done by Ganesh Varadarajan and Sitaram Iyer. They built a vncviewer which runs directly from a Linux console using the SVGALIB library. You will need to install svgalib and configure /etc/vga/libvga.config for your graphics card. This can be a bit fiddly - the vgatest program which comes with the svgalib distribution can sometimes help, and check the setup using another svgalib program such as zgv if you have problems with the viewer.
The viewer doesn't do any scaling or scrolling, so the desktop you connect to must be of a resolution supported by your SVGALIB setup. Try creating servers of different geometries and connecting to them - if your svgalib setup doesn't work for one resolution it may work for another. Persevere - this has a lot of potential. You can use it to make a very lightweight graphics terminal with reasonable performance on low-end hardware.
The current version will not generally be able to connect to Windows servers, because it requests a palette-based display which the Windows server cannot generate.
The sources for svncviewer are here: svnc-0.1.tgz Remember that you will need both X and the VNC sources on your machine to build it, though you won't need them to run it!
Single-floppy LinuxKarl Heinz Kremer firstname.lastname@example.org has created a single-floppy linux distribution which includes svncviewer. You can now use an old 486 without even a hard disk as an X display. See http://www.khk.net for details
VMSA new version of the VNC Viewer for OpenVMS VAX and Alpha is now available.
The VNC333R1VMS011 package contains V1.1 of the OpenVMS VNC Viewer, which is based on VNC V3.3.3r1. The port to VMS was performed by Hunter Goatley and David North. It comes as a VMSINSTAL kit, and provides VNCVIEWER and VNCPASSWD images for both VAX and Alpha. (Note that a VNC server for VMS is not included, though we hope to look into the possibility of adding it sometime.)
You can get the VMS VNC Viewer using one of the following URLs:
VT52 TerminalMilan Pikula has produced a VNC Viewer for VT52 green-screen terminals that are capable of displaying vector graphics.
You can get further information from:
Windows CEThe Windows CE viewer is now released! See the Download Page and the Documentation. We don't currently have the compiler to build for the ARM platform, so if you have an HP Jornada or similar you may want to get a binary from http://www.conduits.com/ce.
Windows NT/AlphaTim Senecal has compiled version 3.3.3r1 for Windows NT/Alpha and made it available at: http://www.geocities.com/tim_senecal/
Previously John Ross Hunt wrote:
Binaries and VC++ project files are now available for Alpha NT WinVNC3.3.2. You can download them from: ftp://ftp.lawbulletin.com/vnc/ You will probably have better luck downloading with a standard FTP client instead of using a web browser (it's a firewall issue). We plan to upgrade soon, but until then, the old-fashioned way works best.
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