Comparison of remote desktop software

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This page is a comparison of remote desktop software available for various platforms.

Contents

Comparison chart

Software Protocol License Client/server Built-in encryption

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File transfer

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Audio support

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Multiple sessions

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Seamless window FreeBSD client Linux client

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Mac OS X client

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Microsoft Windows client

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Blackberry client Windows Mobile client Java client

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iPhone client Android client
AnywhereTS RDP, ICA Proprietary Client Only SSL, TLS File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X X X X File:Black check.svg X X X ? ?
Apple Remote Desktop RFB(VNC) Proprietary Client & Server AES-128 File:Black check.svg X File:Black check.svg X X X File:Black check.svg X X X X ? ?
Apple Screen Sharing (iChat) Proprietary, RFB(VNC) Proprietary Client & Server AES-256 X X File:Black check.svg X X X File:Black check.svg X X X X ? ?
Bomgar Proprietary, X11 Proprietary Client & Server SSL,AES-256 File:Black check.svg X File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X ? ?
Cendio ThinLinc RFB(VNC) Proprietary Client & Server SSH File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X X File:Black check.svg ? ?
Chicken of the VNC RFB(VNC) GPL Client Only X X X X X X X File:Black check.svg X X X X ? ?
Citrix XenApp RDP, ICA Proprietary Client & Server SSL, TLS File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg
Crossloop RFB(VNC) Proprietary Client & Server File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X X X X X File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X X X X X
DameWare Mini Remote Control RDP, Proprietary Proprietary Client & Server SSL, AES-256 File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X X X X File:Black check.svg X X X ? ?
EchoVNC RFB(VNC) GPL Client & Server File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X File:Black check.svg X X File:Black check.svg X File:Black check.svg X X X ? ?
Ericom PowerTerm WebConnect RDP, RFB(VNC) Proprietary Client & Server File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X X X ? ?
Fog Creek Copilot RFB(VNC) Proprietary Client & Server SSL File:Black check.svg X X X X X File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X X X ? ?
GO-Global Proprietary Proprietary Client & Server SSL, DES-56, DES-168, AES-256 File:Black check.svg X File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg ? ?
FreeNX NX, RDP, RFB(VNC) GPL Client & Server AES File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X X X X X ? ?
GoToMyPC Proprietary Proprietary Client & Server AES-256 File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X X File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X X File:Black check.svg ? ?
HOB HOBLink JWT RDP Proprietary Client Only SSL, TLS File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X X File:Black check.svg ? ?
HOB HOBLink UWT RDP Proprietary Client Only SSL, TLS File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X X X X ? ?
I'm InTouch Proprietary Proprietary Client & Server SSL, AES-256 File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X X File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X X File:Black check.svg ? ?
ISL Light Proprietary,RFB(VNC) Proprietary Client & Server SSL, AES-256 File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X X File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X X X ? ?
iTALC RFB(VNC) GPL Client & Server SSH X X File:Black check.svg X X File:Black check.svg X File:Black check.svg X X X ? ?
IBM Director Remote Control Proprietary Proprietary Client & Server AES, 3DES, DES File:Black check.svg X File:Black check.svg X X X X File:Black check.svg X X File:Black check.svg ? ?
KRDC RFB(VNC), RDP GPL Client Only X X X File:Black check.svg X File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X X X X X ? ?
LogMeIn Free Proprietary Proprietary Client & Server SSL X X X X X X File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X X File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg ?
LogMeIn Pro Proprietary Proprietary Client & Server SSL File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X X X X File:Black check.svg X X File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg ?
Mac HelpMate RFB(VNC) Proprietary Client & Server AES-128 X X File:Black check.svg X X X File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X X File:Black check.svg ? ?
Mikogo Proprietary Freeware [1] Client & Server [2] AES-256 File:Black check.svg X File:Black check.svg [3] X X X File:Black check.svg [4] File:Black check.svg X X X X X
Netman Proprietary Proprietary Client & Server DES File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X X X File:Black check.svg X X X ? ?
Netsupport Manager Proprietary Proprietary Client & Server File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg ? ?
Netviewer Proprietary Proprietary Client & Server AES-128 File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X X X X File:Black check.svg X X X ? ?
rdesktop RDP GPL Client Only File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg[5] File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg[6] X X File:Black check.svg ? ?
RealVNC Free RFB(VNC) GPL Client & Server X X X File:Black check.svg X File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X File:Black check.svg[7] X X File:Black check.svg ? ?
RealVNC Personal RFB(VNC) Proprietary Client & Server AES-128 File:Black check.svg X File:Black check.svg X X X X File:Black check.svg X X File:Black check.svg ? ?
RealVNC Enterprise RFB(VNC) Proprietary Client & Server AES-128 File:Black check.svg X File:Black check.svg X File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X X File:Black check.svg ? ?
Remote Administrator Proprietary Proprietary Client & Server AES-256 File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg[8] File:Black check.svg X X File:Black check.svg[9] X File:Black check.svg[10] X X X ? ?
Remote Desktop Connection/Terminal Services RDP Proprietary Client & Server File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg[11] X File:Black check.svg[12] File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X File:Black check.svg[13] File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg ?
Remote Graphics Software Proprietary Proprietary Client & Server File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X X File:Black check.svg X File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg ? ?
RemoteVNC RFB(VNC) GPL Client & Server SSL,TLS[14] File:Black check.svg X File:Black check.svg X X X X File:Black check.svg X X X ? ?
SimpleHelp Proprietary Proprietary Client & Server 448-bit File:Black check.svg X File:Black check.svg X File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X X File:Black check.svg ? ?
SSH with X forwarding X11 BSD Client & Server File:Black check.svg X X File:Black check.svg [15] File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg[16] File:Black check.svg[16] X X X ? ?
SoftRay ALP GPL Client only X X X X X X X X X X X File:Black check.svg ? ?
Sub7 Proprietary GPL Client & Server X X X X X X X X X X X File:Black check.svg ? ?
Sun Secure Global Desktop Software AIP Proprietary Client & Server SSL, TLS (AES-256) File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X X File:Black check.svg ? ?
Symantec pcAnywhere Proprietary Proprietary Client & Server AES-256 File:Black check.svg X File:Black check.svg X X File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg ? ?
TeamViewer Proprietary Proprietary Client & Server AES-256 File:Black check.svg X File:Black check.svg X X X File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X X File:Black check.svg ? ?
TightVNC RFB(VNC) GPL Client & Server X File:Black check.svg X File:Black check.svg X File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg[17] File:Black check.svg X X File:Black check.svg ? File:Black check.svg
Timbuktu Proprietary Proprietary Client & Server File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X File:Black check.svg X X X File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X X X ? ?
UltraVNC RFB(VNC) GPL Client & Server With plugin File:Black check.svg X File:Black check.svg Partial[18] X X X File:Black check.svg[19] X X File:Black check.svg ? ?
Webex Proprietary Proprietary Client & Server File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X X File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X X File:Black check.svg ? ?
WebTrain Proprietary Proprietary Client & Server SSL, TLS File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X X X X File:Black check.svg X X N/A ? ?
XDMCP X11 MIT Client & Server X X File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X X X X ? ?
xpra Bencode-based GPL Client & Server SSH X X File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg[20] File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X X X X X ? ?
xrdp RDP GPL Server Only File:Black check.svg X X File:Black check.svg X File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X X X X N/A ? ?
X11vnc RFB(VNC) GPL Server Only SSL File:Black check.svg X File:Black check.svg X File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg X X X File:Black check.svg ? ?
x2vnc X11 BSD Client Only X X X File:Black check.svg N/A File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg[21] X X X ? ?
x2x X11 BSD Client Only X[22] X X File:Black check.svg N/A File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg File:Black check.svg[23] X X X ? ?
Software Protocol License Client/Server Built-in Encryption

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File Transfer

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Audio Support

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Multiple Sessions

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Seamless Window FreeBSD Client Linux Client

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Mac OS X Client

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Microsoft Windows Client

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Blackberry Client Windows Mobile Client Java Client

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iPhone Client Android Client

Terminology

In the table above, the following terminology is intended to be used to describe some important features:

  • Audio Support: the remote control software transfers audio signals across the network and plays the audio through the speakers attached to the local computer. For example, music playback software normally sends audio signals to the locally-attached speakers, via some sound controller hardware. If the remote control software package supports audio transfer, the playback software can run on the remote computer, while the music can be heard from the local computer, as though the software were running locally.
  • Built-in Encryption: the software has at least one method of encrypting the data between the local and remote computers, and the encryption mechanism is built into the remote control software.
  • File Transfer: the software allows the user to transfer files between the local and remote computers, from within the client software's user interface.
  • Seamless Window: the software allows an application to be run on the server, and just the application window to be shown on the clients desktop. Normally the remote user interface chrome is also removed, giving the impression that the application is running on the client machines.

Notes

  1. Free for personal use, not free software (See: Gratis versus Libre)
  2. Connections are centrally negotiated via Mikogo server
  3. Up to ten participants
  4. Some features are Windows-only
  5. With the addition of SeamlessRDP
  6. http://40in.spb.ru/rdesktop_win32/
  7. RealVNC Free has no Windows Vista or Server 2008 support (See:RealVNC Download)
  8. By default settings for audio transfer is not turned on but it can be easily done with built-in Voice Chat options.See how to set up Radmin for sound transmission
  9. Runs under Wine.
  10. Since version 3.2 (released 2008-04-25) supports Windows Vista(SP1)/2008/XP/2003/2000 (32-bit and 64-bit editions).
  11. Provided the server is running Windows 2008 or later.
  12. See the "xrdp" entry below in this table, an open source remote desktop protocol(rdp)server for Linux http://xrdp.sourceforge.net/
  13. Windows Mobile Remote Desktop is an optional part of WM 6.1 (See: Mobile Views Blog and PdaPhoneHome)
  14. for connection initiation only. Screen data is sent in the clear.
  15. No sessions at all, just individual windows. However you can use Xnest if you want.
  16. 16.0 16.1 To use Windows or Mac OS X as a client, an X server needs to be installed and running. Windows or Mac OS X can be used as a server, if they have an SSH server running; but only X11 applications (not native GUI applications) can display their GUI on the client; such apps probably have to be run within Cygwin for Windows. only for X apps
  17. as X application, server only serve X applications "MacPorts tightvnc Portfile". http://trac.macports.org/browser/trunk/dports/x11/tightvnc/Portfile. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
  18. UltraVNC allows a single Window to be shown, however it is still doing full screen polling and not capturing the application details. This can cause other windows to overlap and popup windows to "disappear".
  19. UltraVNC v1.0.4 RC4 (BETA) claims "Greatly improved Vista support" as of October 1, 2007 (See UltraVnc Vista Support.)
  20. Only for X sessions
  21. Third-party software required; Microsoft Windows does not include support for the X Window System.
  22. x2x documentation indicates that session may be encrypted through an SSH tunnel.
  23. Third-party software required; Microsoft Windows does not include support for the X Window System.

See also

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