Virtual Network Computing or VNC is a graphical-based tool that can help you to control a computer remotely. The computer being controlled is termed as VNC Server, and the machine that’s controlled from is called a VNC Client.
In this tutorial, we are going to cover how to install and configure a VNC Server on CentOS machine. Also, at the end of this tutorial, we will show you how to connect to a VNC Server.
Installing VNC Server on CentOS
Step 1. Before starting in the installation of the VNC Server, we need first to make sure you have a graphical Desktop installed on your CentOS machine.
To get your currently installed graphical Desktop name use the next command:
In case you have no graphical Desktop installed, use the following command to install the Gnome Desktop:
sudo yum groupinstall "GNOME Desktop"
Step 2. To install a VNC Server, we will install the “tigervnc-server” package. Also, we will install some other dependency package.
sudo yum install tigervnc-server xorg-x11-fonts-Type1
Step 3. To configure the VNC Server, we will copy the VNC configuration file that is located in “/lib/systemd/system/[email protected]” to the new location “/etc/systemd/system/[email protected]:<Port_Number>.service”. Where the <Port_Number> is the port number that we need the VNC service to listen on. We can specify the port number using one of the next methods:
/etc/systemd/system/[email protected]:5903.service OR /etc/systemd/system/[email protected]:3.service
Next, we will copy the VNC configuration file using the next command:
sudo cp /lib/systemd/system/[email protected] /etc/systemd/system/[email protected]:3.service
Step 4. Edit the VNC configuration file using your favorite editor.
sudo vi /etc/systemd/system/[email protected]:3.service
Then replace the user tag with the user that will be able to remotely control the desktop via the VNC client like the below screenshot.
Step 5. Add a new firewall rule using the next command.
sudo firewall-cmd --permanent --zone=public --add-port=5903/tcp
Then reload the firewall using the following command.
sudo firewall-cmd --reload
Step 6. Now switch to the user whom you set in the VNC configuration file. Then execute the next command to set the password for VNC client authentication.
Step 7. Next, start the VNC service and enable it at the boot.
sudo systemctl daemon-reload sudo systemctl start [email protected]:3.service sudo systemctl enable [email protected]:3.service
Step 8. Finally, get the machine IP using the next command.
Step 9. Now to test VNC Server, from your Windows machine and using the VNC viewer. Enter your VNC Server IP and port like the below screenshot.
Press continue button to skip the unencrypted connection warning.
Next, enter the VNC password and press OK.
Finally, you will be able to access the VNC Server.
Congratulations you have installed and configured the VNC Server on your CentOS machine. Now you can start exploring your CentOS remotely.