Remote Desktop into a Raspberry PI (using XRDP)

A Raspberry Pi makes for a great home server, platform for development, electronics host, and a variety of other things.

 

Raspberry Pi Model B

Raspberry Pi Model B

 

If you have a Windows desktop/laptop you are likely familiar with Remote Desktop, the usual tool used to view the desktop of a remote machine. With the right software, this is a great tool for view Linux desktops as well, such as the Raspberry Pi.

If you want to use Remote Desktop with the Raspberry Pi, the XRDP package needs to be installed. Before installing a new package, if it has not been done recently, is to update your repositories with the terminal command:

 

pi@raspberrypi ~ $ sudo apt-get update

 

This will make sure you’ve got the latest view of the package repositories. You can then follow it with the command to install XRDP.

 

pi@raspberrypi ~ $ sudo apt-get install xrdp

 

It will read the repository, ask you to confirm with the [Enter] key, then install the package. Once it complete, try to start XRDP to confirm it is running. You should see text like this:

 

pi@raspberrypi ~ $ sudo /etc/init.d/xrdp start
[ ok ] Starting Remote Desktop Protocol server : xrdp apparently already running.

 

Once installed and running, it may take a minute or two, then you should be able to connect with Remote Desktop with the default username and password of ‘pi’ and ‘raspberry’ respectively.

 

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