Remmina is a remote desktop client written in GTK+, aiming to be useful for system administrators and travelers who need to work with many remote computers in front of either large monitors or tiny netbooks. It supports the following protocols: RDP, VNC, NX, XDMCP, and SSH. Among its features are Multi-Monitor support, Tabbed sessions, port forwarding, proxy support, and easy access to typical applications like Firefox or LibreOffice. Remmina also has a robust plugin system that can be used to extend its functionality.
For a full rundown on the features of the Remmina remote desktop client, visit the Remmina Features page on the official website.
In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Remmina Remote Desktop on Manjaro 21 Linux. The tutorial will use the command line terminal with yay AUR helper. Ideally, most users may be using some wrapper for Pacman; for new users, it is essential to install one to keep your packages up-to-date while you learn Arch/Manjaro.
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Before you begin, make sure your system is up-to-date to avoid any conflicts during the installation, and for good practice, use the terminal command as follows.
sudo pacman -Syu
Install yay Helper
To begin the installation, you must have GIT installed to import the yay repository to install/build. From your command terminal, use the following code to begin the installation.
sudo pacman -S --needed --noconfirm base-devel git
Now clone the yay archive using the following terminal command.
git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/yay-git.git
Next, move the archive to the /OPT/ directory. This is a good location for any other archive installs, keep everything located, and traditionally the directory is a commonly used area for different applications.
sudo mv yay-git /opt/
Now navigate to the yay-git directory location.
Build the package using the makepkg command.
Install Remmina Remote Desktop
Now that you have installed the yay package management helper, you can install the software using the following command.
yay -S remmina-git --noconfirm
Remove –noconfirm to manually go through the installation questions instead of selecting the default answers.
Alternatively, you can install the plugins for Remmina Remote Desktop as follows.
Install Anydesk Remmina Plugin
yay -S remmina-plugin-anydesk-git --noconfirm
Install TeamViewer Remmina Plugin
yay -S remmina-plugin-teamviewer --noconfirm
Install KWallet Remmina Plugin
yay -S remmina-plugin-kwallet --noconfirm
Install RDesktop Remmina Plugin
yay -S remmina-plugin-rdesktop --noconfirm
Install URL Remmina Plugin
yay -S remmina-plugin-url --noconfirm
Install Open Remmina Plugin (Documents)
yay -S remmina-plugin-open --noconfirm
Install Folder Remmina Plugin
yay -S remmina-plugin-folder --noconfirm
Install Webkit Remmina Plugin
yay -S remmina-plugin-webkit --noconfirm
Install Webkit Remmina Plugin
yay -S remmina-plugin-ultravnc --noconfirm
How to Launch Remmina Remote Desktop
Now that you have the software installed, launching can be done in a few ways.
First, you can launch the application immediately by typing the following command in your terminal.
However, this isn’t practical, and you would use the following path on your desktop to open it.
Taskbar (bottom-left corner) > Internet > Remmina
Once you open Remmina, you can automatically start using it to connect to servers by clicking the top left-hand side to add a new profile.
And that is it, and you have installed the Remmina Remote Desktop client on your desktop.
How to Update/Upgrade Remmina Remote Desktop
The best way to upgrade the software is to use the following terminal command.
yay -Syu --devel --timeupdate
Note it is advised to run terminal commands now and then even if you have set up AUR auto-updates using the automatic GUI updater; this ensures you are not missing anything.
How to Remove (Uninstall) Remmina Remote Desktop
When you no longer want the software installed on your system, use the following command to remove it.
yay -Rns remmina-git --noconfirm
Optionally, you can run the following command to clean up any leftover unused dependencies, and this is highly recommended to run, so your system does not become bloated.
Comments and Conclusion
If you have not tried using a remote desktop client, we recommend giving Remmina a try. It is an open-source application that has been around for quite some time and has been updated regularly with new features and bug fixes. The developers are constantly working to improve the user experience, so if you encounter any issues, be sure to report them on the project’s GitHub page.