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Connecting to your desktop

Connecting to your desktop is different depending on your client.

Tight VNC on Windows

On windows you should look something like this. You need to add a command in the input box.



For instance if you are on the server omega and the app port is 6221 you will fill in.


Now press connect and your desktop should show up.

Use the built-in VNC client in macOS

You can use the built-in VNC client by opening vnc:// URLs in Safari.

For instance if your server at Bytesized is Gaia and your assigned port number is 1234 you would enter the following URL in Safari: vnc://

Chicken on OS X

If you boot Chicken you should see something along these lines


  • Host should have the domain name of your server, for instance
  • Display or Port should have your port number.
  • Password, well should have the password mentioned at your VNC details.
  • Make sure to disable "View only" otherwise you won't be able to control anything.

SSH tunneling through Kitty

I tried the following and it worked - much slower for me but this way safer to do from an untrusted network:

  • Verify both SSH working in Kitty and VNC working
  • Then in a disconnected state in Kitty
  • Connection / SSH / X11 / Enable X11 forwarding
  • Connection SSH Tunnels, source port is 9090, destination is the same hostname:port as in the VNC viewer
  • Save the session
  • Start Kitty session
  • Start VNC as localhost:9090
  • Recommendation: if it is slower, set VNC client to user fewer colors

Missing Icons in VNC

Once you're logged into VNC , go to start menu Preferences > Customize Look and Feel > Icon Theme and pick one of them from the list. We would suggest picking Tango. When you have picked the desired theme make sure you press Apply. If you notice that the option Customize Look and Feel is missing from your VNC, make sure you raise a ticket with the support so that they can look into it.


If for some reason you can't connect using try using instead.

VNC Too many security failures.

VNC has a build-in protection against brute-force password hacking. Therefor whenever a connection has failed multiple times it will shut itself off until its restarted. Sadly this protection is a bit too strong and will already trigger on port-scans as well. If you have this a lot try reinstalling it so it gets installed on a new port. Some ports get scanned more then others and are therefor more sensitive to this issue.

Cannot find a file manager in VNC, where to find the file manager in VNC, where to find the file browser in VNC

In the current installed version the file browser is name Thunar fIle manager and can be found under System tools

Last Author Contributors Versions Last update
Pete 23 Tue, 20 Jun 2023 11:07:41 +0200