Xpra is 'screen for X', and more: it allows you to run X programs, usually on
a remote host and direct their display to your local machine. It also allows you
to display existing desktop sessions remotely.
Xpra is "rootless" or "seamless"
, and sessions can be accessed over SSH,
or password protected and encrypted over plain TCP sockets.
Xpra adapts to bandwidth constraints and is fully open-source.
For more details see here
, you can find the source here
This fork adds many enhancements
over the original version
better performance and platform support, hardware acceleration, multi-user support, GUI tools and configuration and options;
keyboard and clipboard fixes; cursor, sound, system tray and notifications forwarding;
IPv6 support, support for shadowing existing displays, etc; and many bug fixes.
Development is very active
, so keep an eye on the news
for new versions and features.
You can find binary installers for:
is a front-end for xpra (and also VNC, NX, RDP, etc),
it is available here
and the binaries include xpra.
Get started with Xpra
To start an application (a simple
in this example) on a remote system
and display it your local machine, simply run:
xpra start ssh:SERVERHOSTNAME:100 --start-child=xterm
This is similar to
, except it is faster and you can disconnect and re-connect to the session as many times as you like. (obviously xpra must be installed on your server host)
To re-connect or to connect to this session from another machine, use the
command (you can also use the
xpra attach ssh:serverhostname:100
You can find many more usage examples here