How to Install Remmina Remote Desktop (RDP) in Ubuntu Linux

Computer screen with Windows and Linux apps
Computer screen with Windows and Linux apps

For Linux system administrators, there are countless tools to manage network servers and systems. However, when looking for reliable and stable remote desktop client (RDP) software to connect via Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), VNC, SPICE, NX, or XDMCP, Remmina should be your first choice.

Remmina is a handy remote desktop client written in GTK+. Sys admins who want to work remotely on servers and desktops using Linux desktops will find Remmina a powerful and robust tool. In addition, it supports multiple network protocols like RDP, VNC, SSH, and many more.

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install Remmina on Ubuntu 16.04 / 17.10 and 18.04 LTS systems.

To get Remmina installed, use the options below:

Install via Ubuntu Repository

Remmina can be installed simply by running the commands below:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install remmina

The commands above install Remmina client software from Ubuntu default repositories. However, installing from Ubuntu repositories will not necessarily install the latest version. So, if you want the latest and greatest, the two options below should get that for you.

Install Remmina via PPA

Another option to install Remmina is via its office PPA repository. Installing this repository will get you the latest version. To do that, run the commands below.

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:remmina-ppa-team/remmina-next
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install remmina remmina-plugin-rdp libfreerdp-plugins-standard

That should install the latest version of the Remmina RDP client on Ubuntu.

Install Remmina via Snap

Finally, Remmina can also be installed via Snap package management. This might be the quickest way to install it. Snaps are applications packaged with dependencies to run on all popular Linux distributions from a single build. They update automatically and roll back gracefully.

To install Remmina via Snap, run the commands below:

sudo apt install snapd
sudo snap install remmina --edge

That should also install Remmina.

When you’re done, Remmina should be installed and ready to use. To launch it, search the Activities Overview for Remmina, and find it.

Remmina ubuntu rdp client

That’s it!

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  1. I like how these tutorials tell me how to install it but once it’s installed I have no freaking idea how to open it

  2. The frequent ‘…’ make it sound…. like… the author… is two seconds away… from dying… *draws a shuddering last breath and departs this world forever*

    (Good tutorial though.)

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