How to use xRDP for remote access to Ubuntu

By | February 14, 2017

Since the current desktop manager of Ubuntu does not work with xRDP, an alternative desktop manager needs to be installed. In this post, we will use XFCE.

Install xRDP and XFCE

sudo apt-get install xrdp xfce4 xfce4-terminal gnome-icon-theme-full tango-icon-theme

Configure xRDP

First, create an .xsession file in the home directory.

echo xfce4-session >~/.xsession

Then edit the startup file for xRDP /etc/xrdp/


if [ -r /etc/default/locale ]; then
  . /etc/default/locale


Restart xRDP

sudo service xrdp restart

Test xRDP

As an example, on Windows, start the Remote Desktop client (mstsc.exe) and enter the IP address of Ubuntu. Then you will see the login screen. After entering the Ubuntu username and password and click “OK”, a window will show the login process. Finally, you’ll have access to your Ubuntu machine.

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