Use Remmina Remote Desktop Client (RDP) on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 LTS

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

Remmina is a very useful remote desktop client written in GTK+. Sys admins who want to work remotely on servers and desktop using Linux desktops will find Remmina to be a powerful and robust tool. 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:

Option #1: Install via Ubuntu Repository

Remmina can be installed simply by running the commands below:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install remmina

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

Another option to install Remmina is via its office PPA repository. Installing from 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 latest version of Remmina RDP client on Ubuntu.

Option #3: 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 all their 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, go to the Activities Overview and search Remmina and launch it.

That’s it!

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