TightVNC is an improved version of VNC, great free remote-desktop tool. The improvements include bandwidth-friendly "Tight" encoding, file transfers in the Windows version, enhanced GUI, many bugfixes, and more.

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  • Relatively speaking, this is the best remote desktop tool I've found so far! I just wanted something to remote into my linux fedora machine in our room upstairs from my downstairs windows machine (wife sleeps later than I do). I tried teamviewer and it worked fine for a couple of months, then I couldn't connect. I read some reviews that had me worried they might try to accuse me of using their software for commercial purposes (nope), but at the very least I wasn't so sure if I wanted them to monitor me so closely. I then tried google remote desktop. Every few minutes I had to run up to my fedora machine and let google know I didn't want to get kicked off. Booted that. There have been a couple of minor annoyances with tightvnc. I had to disable encryption to get it to work, no biggie since there is only the two computers on my home network and I'm behind my router and a switch. Also I couldn't type some characters in from my windows machine - ex: ) and (. Again, easy enough to get by. I would just run upstairs and type in what I wanted,then copy the characters and paste them if I needed to use them again.

  • This is the best open source VNC software that I have seen for Windows. The source code is very cleanly written and it compiles without problems on Visual Studio.

  • I hit an ugly corner case with Xvfb (via xvfb-run) which was causing some mission critical software of mine to core dump (due to a nasty XServer I/O error, which I didn't feel like tracing). Note, I'm not an expert on X internals. But, no worries... TightVNC to the rescue! Great job guys, thanks 1e6!

  • This really sucks. Can't get support for their command line switches to install. The manual just sucks. I am posting what I tried to do in a batch file because it does not work. After install the server runs as a service when I have it set to not be that way. Need silent install with it not running as a service and once you delete the startup service it does not hold the password. I did on twitter message about it and they told me to contact them on their support email and have not heard from them at all. Not even a acknowledgement of the email. Here is what I setup per their manual. msiexec /i tightvnc-2.5.2-setup-32bit.msi /quiet /norestart ADDLOCAL=Server SERVER_REGISTER_AS_SERVICE=0 SET_USEVNCAUTHENTICATION=1 VALUE_OF_USEVNCAUTHENTICATION=1 SET_PASSWORD=1 VALUE_OF_PASSWORD=password Once I start the server it has a red outline around it because did not hold the password.

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  • Hi, New 2.5.2 version is very good for 64bits machines. I'm waiting for documentation of .msi switches. I want prepare unattend installation package.

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Intended Audience

System Administrators, End Users/Desktop

User Interface

X Window System (X11), Win32 (MS Windows), Web-based

Programming Language

C++, C, Java