How to Install AnyDesk on Ubuntu Linux

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install AnyDesk on Ubuntu 20.04 | 18.04 LTS.

AnyDesk is cross-platform, fast, secure, and intuitive remote desktop support software.

AnyDesk is not open source, however, if you’re looking for a strong alternative to support tools like TeamViewer, LogMeIn, and others, these tools should be considered.

It’s a great tool for tech support specialists and users who want to provide remote assistance while enjoying a secure and high-quality experience. It can also be used for meetings and collaboration similar to WebEx and other desktop-sharing tools.

Whether as an individual or as a professional organization offering remote support to customers, AnyDesk is made for easy operation and solid remote connectivity.

There are multiple ways to install AnyDesk on Ubuntu. The easiest way to install AnyDesk is to add its software repository to Ubuntu and install it from there.

By default, the software packages are not included with Ubuntu. So you must manually install it or use its repository.

How to install AnyDesk from the repository

For those who want to quickly and easily install AnyDesk, they can use the commands below;

First, add its software repository’s key to Ubuntu:

wget -qO - | sudo apt-key add -

Then add its repository file.

echo "deb all main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/anydesk-stable.list

Finally, update the Ubuntu repository list and install AnyDesk

sudo apt update
sudo apt install anydesk

To launch from the command line, type the command below:


That should open up and allow you to use the software.

How to install AnyDesk from the deb package

Those who are not familiar with the command line in option 1, can use the desktop GUI to download and install AnyDesk.

Open your browser and browse the link below. There you’ll want to choose the package built for Debian/Ubuntu/Mint

Then click the Download Now button.

When prompted what to do with the file, choose to save. This should save in your Downloads folder in your Home directory.

After downloading the file, open the File explorer on the left, then go to the Download folder in your Home directory.

Right-click the downloaded file and select Open With Software Install as shown in the image below.

When the Ubuntu Software app opens, click the Install button to install AnyDesk. Doing this should start the installation.

You should then be prompted to type your password and authenticate. only admins or users with admin rights can install packages on Ubuntu desktops.

anydesk ubuntu

Confirm your password and continue.

After a brief moment, AnyDesk should be installed and ready to be used.

Once done, go to the Activities Overview and search for AnyDesk.

AnyDesk Ubuntu Install

When it opens, give your AnyDesk address or alternate ID to your partner to connect to your machine, or have your partner provide his/her ID so you can connect to them remotely.

That’s it!

More advanced settings like setting passwords, showing your ID instead of an alias, unattended access, and more can be configured from its settings page.


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