Installing Vino (VNC) on Linux Mint 19.2

I wasted too much time figuring this out so I’ll document it here for future use and if anyone else hits the problem.

As of Linux Mint 19.2 (or maybe a little earlier), they stopped including the simple Remote Desktop support. As far as I’m concerned, idiots!! I need that on every damn system I use.

When I first hit this problem I found these instructions,

Enabling remote desktop sharing (VNC) on Linux Mint 19

These worked as far as they go, but they don’t explain how to assign a password to VNC. I must have passworded access.

Here is my full set of instructions:

  • Install Vino:
sudo apt install vino
  • Assuming the password you want to assign is ‘mypassword’, enter the following commands when logged into the user that will be running vino:
gsettings set org.gnome.Vino require-encryption false
gsettings set org.gnome.Vino prompt-enabled false
gsettings set org.gnome.Vino authentication-methods "['vnc']"
gsettings set org.gnome.Vino vnc-password $(echo -n 'mypassword' | base64)
  • You can verify the settings with
gsettings get org.gnome.Vino require-encryption
gsettings get org.gnome.Vino prompt-enabled
gsettings get org.gnome.Vino authentication-methods
gsettings get org.gnome.Vino vnc-password
  • Finally, search for the Startup Applications Preferences applet, and add
/usr/lib/vino/vino-server
  • Reboot and you should be good to go!
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2 Responses to Installing Vino (VNC) on Linux Mint 19.2

  1. Ed says:

    These instructions would be complete if you’d edited your verify command to ‘get’ rather than ‘set’.

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