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How to Remote Access Linux Computers with Splashtop

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Quickly and easily access your remote Linux computers at any time from any Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and Chromebook device. Learn how to set up and get started with Splashtop.

In addition to Windows and Mac, you can now remote control your Linux computers from any device with Splashtop! No end-user needed on the remote Linux computer. Just set up Splashtop on the Linux computers you need access to and then enjoy unlimited, anytime remote access to those machines.

With Splashtop, business professionals can work remotely but still feel as if they’re sitting right in front of their Linux system, even while remote accessing from a tablet or mobile device. IT and MSPs can remote connect and control their clients’ Linux computers to provide support, even without the user present.

Find out how to set up remote access to Linux with Splashtop, and which Splashtop solutions enable you to do so.

How To Set Up Linux Remote Access

Splashtop makes it easy to set up remote access your Linux computers:

  1. Get started with the Splashtop solution of your choice (see list below) and create your Splashtop account.

  2. Deploy the Splashtop Streamer to the Linux computers you want access to*. After installing the streamer, be sure to launch it (afterwards, the streamer will auto-launch whenever the computer is turned on).

  3. Install the Splashtop Business App on the computers, tablets, and smartphone devices you want to use to access your Linux desktop.

  4. You’re done setting up! Simply open the Splashtop Business App and select your Linux computer to launch the remote session.

*The Splashtop Linux Streamer officially supports Raspberry Pi 2 or newer, Fedora 29-31, Ubuntu Desktop 16.04, 18.04, and 20.04, CentOS 7 and 8, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.3-8.1. You may also try it with other Linux distributions that are not currently supported.

Unattended remote access (meaning no end-user needed on the computer being remoted into) is made possible by Splashtop’s remote desktop client, the Splashtop Streamer. Once installed on your remote machines, you’ll be able to access that computer from any other device through the Splashtop Business App (available for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android).

When you deploy the Splashtop Streamer through your Splashtop account, that streamer is tied to your account. Then, whenever you log into your account in the Splashtop Business App on another device, you’ll see the list of computers with your streamer installed that you have access to.

This makes it easy to quickly launch a remote desktop connection. No need to memorize and enter the ip address of the remote computer.

Here’s a look at how remote access to Linux looks when connecting from different operating systems and devices. Also, see the list of Splashtop solutions that enable remote access to Linux at the bottom of this article.

Remote Access Windows to Linux

After you’ve deployed the Splashtop Streamer, make sure you download the Windows version of the Splashtop Business App on your computer.

After you select your Linux computer, a window will open up and display the remote Linux computer’s screen in real time. From there, you can use the mouse and keyboard on your local machine to control the Linux computer. Open any files and use any application you please.

Windows computer remoting into a Linux computer

The remote Linux computer

Remote Access Mac to Linux

Make sure the Mac version of the Splashtop Business App is installed on your local computer, and your remote Linux computer has the Splashtop Streamer installed.

From there, it’s as easy as opening the Splashtop Business App and selecting your Linux computer for instant remote access.

Remote Access iOS to Linux

Similar to accessing from Windows or Mac, but instead you need to the iOS version of the Splashtop Business App on your Apple device. Then you’ll be able to remote access Linux from iPad and iPhones.

Remote Access Android to Linux

The Splashtop Business App for Android devices will work the same way the app works on the other devices listed above. After setting up, open the app on your Android device, select your remote Linux computer, and then enjoy fast remote access and control to your computer.

Remote Access Chromebook to Linux

There is not an app for Chromebook devices. However, through the Splashtop Business Chrome Extension, you’ll be able to log into your Splashtop account, see your list of remote computers, and select the one you want to remote into.

The Splashtop Business Chrome Extension makes it easy for you to remote control your Linux computers from a Chromebook device.

The Best Linux Remote Desktop Solutions – Splashtop

Splashtop offers the best-value remote desktop software for business professionals, IT teams, MSPs, and help desk professionals.

The below solutions offer unattended access to Linux, Windows, and Mac computers (and in some cases Android as well). Select the solution that’s right for you. You can start a free trial now and start remote accessing your Linux computers!

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Splashtop Business Access: for business professionals and small teams who want remote access to their computers.


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Splashtop Remote Support: for MSPs and IT teams who want unattended remote access to their users’ computers to provide remote support.


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Splashtop SOS: for IT, support, and help desk teams who need an attended, quick support solution to provide on-demand remote support to their users’ devices.


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