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VNC is only available on certain images. Please look for the GUI or Desktop tags on the Featured images.

Web Desktop

Images with VNC/GUI/Desktop enabled will display  under the LINKS items in the instance detailed view (found by clicking on the instance title). You may have to use your browser's refresh button to make it appear .

Simply click on  to start a browser-based VNC implementation.

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External VNC Viewer:

Alternatively, if you would like to use a different VNC client (which must support encrypted connections, for example realvnc viewer [free] ), please follow these instructions. 


For VNC launches
  1. Once your instance comes up, login via ssh.
  2.  Type 'sudo passwd your_username'.
  3.  Use realvnc viewer (free) to connect to x.x.x.x:1 (your_instance_ip:1) with your username and the password you just set. a
  4.  When finished with the VNC, please disconnect your VNC session via the Real VNC viewer b or by closing the VNC window on your host computer.

DO NOT LOGOUT INSIDE THE DESKTOP OF THE VM: this will make your VNC unusable until you manually restart the VNC.

Note on resizing: Use xrandr -s 1920x1080 to get a larger screen; adjust the numbers to get the screen size that you need. xrandr works reliability in both operation systems.


a Note: the default VNC session will only work for the user that launched the instance. Other user accounts on that instance that wish to have an individual desktop will have start their own VNC manually.

b Disconnecting your VNC session via the Real VNC viewer:

To become root

Enter 'sudo su -' at the command prompt or type 'sudo command' and replace command with the command for which you want to use sudo.