Looking for free remote access or support program that work in Ubuntu 12.04? Tools like TeamViewer 7, Mikogo, x2go, VNC, etc. provide free conferencing and remote access to your computers or help you provide support to others over the Internet of LAN. This is not a comprehensive list, but a starter guide to use when looking for free support tools to install. Unlike Windows, there are not hundreds of tools that let you access PCs remotely in Ubuntu, but the few that work can do the job. And this tutorial is going to show you how to install them.


  • Install free remote access / support tools in Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)
  • Enjoy!


 Installing Teamviewer 7 in Ubuntu 12.04

Teamviewer is a great remote access / support and conferencing software that works in Windows, Mac and Linux. To install it in Ubuntu, press Ctrl – Alt – T on your keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run the commands below to download the installer.





Next, run the commands below to install it.

sudo dpkg -i teamviewer_linux.deb




Installing Mikogo in Ubuntu 12.04

Mikogo is another free remote access / support tool that supports Linux, including Ubuntu. To install it in Ubuntu open the terminal and run the commands below to download it.





Then run the commands below to extract the downloaded file.

tar xzvf mikogo.tar.gz




To launch it, run the commands below





Installing x2go Server / Client

x2go is another remote access tool that you can use to support users on either Kubuntu or Windows systems. Notice I said Kubuntu, yes it will only work if you have Kubuntu Desktop installed. Now, x2go won’t work across the Internet if your system is behind a router or firewall. To install it, run the commands below to include its PPA.

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:x2go/stable




Then run the commands below to install x2go server and client.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install x2goserver x2goclient




To use x2go, go to its download page and install the client on your system. (Windows). Use the client to connect to the server using SSH.


Enable Remote Access in Ubuntu 12.04

This last one shows you how to enable remote access in Ubuntu 12.04. Ubuntu comes with remote access software installed but not enabled. This will show you how to enable it. To to that, open Terminal and run the commands below.

gsettings set org.gnome.Vino enabled true


Now use VNC Client, download from here, and connect to Ubuntu via IP address or hostname. If connecting from another Ubuntu machine, install Vinagre.

sudo apt-get install vinagre


That’s it. Enjoy!