TigerVNC is a suite of VNC servers and clients that have a focus on performance and remote display functionality. Originally this software was based on the (never released) VNC 4 branch of TightVNC

With this application you can do the following:

  • Remotely connect to VNC enabled server desktops
  • Remotely connect to a Linux machine sharing it's desktop (vino)
  • Launch from the command line with options passing options
  • Connect to Windows systems running VNC Server.

Basic Usage

Basic Usage

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You can access this application in the following ways:

  • Computer ▸ More Applications ▸ Accessories section ▸ Archive Manager.
  • From the command line, type: 'file-roller &'

Usage Options

Usage Options

From within the graphical tool:

  • Simply input the remote systems ipaddress or hostname, you will also need to know what display # is being used. If you leave it blank, 0 (5900) will be used. If you do not know you can try other displays until a connection is made (i.e. host.com:0, host.com:1, host.com:2, etc.)

From within the command line:

  • Issue the vncviewer command to start a session from the command line. Users could also create a desktop shortcut in such a manor to connect to a frequently used server.
    vncviewer host.com:1

Scanning for the port on the other system

  • Users can use scanning tools such as nmap to determine which port is being used by VNC.
    nmap host.com

    Starting Nmap 4.11
    Interesting ports on host.com (
    Not shown: 1676 closed ports
    631/tcp open ipp
    5801/tcp open vnc-http-1
    5901/tcp open vnc-1
    6001/tcp open X11:1

Further Information

Further Reading and Information

For more information regarding vncviewer , please refer to the following external website:

For more information regarding setting up VNC Servers take a look at our technical corner documents:


robert wilber said... @ July 18, 2012 at 7:33 PM

I am trying to figure out what this program called tiger vnc viewer is. I am running scientific linux edition which has been contributed by some science research lab, plus red hat some core role in this linux distrobution. I am still confused after reading bits and pieces of articles. I rather have ubuuntu or even puppy linux but, my limited knowlege has got me running in circles. If anyone has any use input let me know

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