How to Install NoMachine Remote Desktop Tool on Ubuntu Linux

NoMachine is a cross-platform, open-source remote desktop connection tool similar to TeamViewer. It can be used to connect remotely to Mac, Linux, and Windows machines.

NoMachine provides a fast, secure, and high-quality experience while connecting to remote desktops. It’s a great tool for tech support specialists and users who want to provide remote assistance.

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install and use NoMachine on Ubuntu 16.04 / 17.10 and 18.04 LTS. With it installed, other computers with NoMachine installed should be able to connect to the Ubuntu machine.

To get started with installing NoMachine, follow the steps below:

Download NoMachine Package

Ubuntu doesn’t have NoMachine in its default repositories so instead of running apt-get to install it, you’ll have to manually download the package to install it.

To get the package, go to the NoMachine download page and get the version for Linux, the DEB package for either 64-bit or 32-bit Ubuntu systems.

After downloading, continue below to install.

Install NoMachine

When you select the DEB package, Ubuntu should automatically open its software installer to help you install NoMachine. It’s easier to install using the Ubuntu DEB installer.

If your desktop prompts you to open the package with the installer, choose to do as shown in the screen below:

nomachine ubuntu install

When you click OK, it should open the installer windows with an Install button. to begin the installation, click Install

NoMachine Ubuntu installer

After installing, go to Ubuntu Dash or Activities Overview to search for NoMachine. then select NoMachine preferences

NoMachine installer

From the preferences page, you can choose to start NoMachine services automatically and advertise the computer across the network. when you advertise the machine, other machines with NoMachine installed should automatically see it on their screen and can be used to easily connect to it.

You can also require passwords for all connections, change the port number, and more. you can also choose the devices to make available to connected computers. all in all, the default settings should be great for normal usage.

Manual Installation

If your system doesn’t open Ubuntu Software Installer to help you install the package, you will have to manually install it using the dpkg command.

Now that the package is downloaded, go to the folder the package was downloaded in and run the commands to install. on an Ubuntu machine, the default download location is at ~/Downloads

Open the commands terminal and run the commands below to install NoMachine from the ~/Downloads folder

sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/nomachine_*.deb

Doing that should install the package via the command line.

When everything is done, open the NoMachine connection application. you use this to connect to remote computers.

NoMachine ubuntu desktop


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