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How to set up VNC on your Raspberry Pi

Virtual Network Computing (VNC) allows you to control the desktop of another computer remotely. This is especially useful for working with a Raspberry Pi if you don't want to have a monitor, keyboard, and mouse for each Raspberry Pi you run. This guide will show you how to install and setup a VNC server on Raspbian and configure a VNC client on your computer.

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Install and start the VNC server on your Raspberry Pi

We're going to start by installing tightvncserver. Open a shell on your Raspberry Pi and type:

sudo apt-get install tightvncserver

After this completes, go ahead and start the server.

vncserver :1

This will prompt you for a password, so enter one you'll remember.

Now we just need to grab the IP address of the Raspberry Pi and save it for later. To get the IP address type:


Since I'm using a USB WiFi adapter, I'm looking at the inet addr on the wlan0 interface ( for me).


Install and set up a VNC client

You can install the VNC client of your choice. I'm going to use Chicken of the VNC (for Mac) since that is what I'm familiar with and because it works well. If you're using Windows, a quick Google search can find you another good VNC client.

Once this is installed, open a new connection using using the IP Address of your Pi as the Host address, enter your password, and use 1 for the display. Then connect.

Install and set up a VNC client

Now you're connected!

Now you're connected!