How to Install AnyDesk on Ubuntu 22.10/22.04/20.04

AnyDesk is a cross-platform software that provides secure remote access for file transfer or VPN features. It also works well as another tool in professionals’ arsenal when they need more control over what’s going on in their machine than what is available through other means. It is an easy-to-use software with a sleek and intuitive interface that makes it simple to connect to your computer from anywhere in the world and work as if you were sitting in front of it and is often considered the strongest competitor in switching from TeamViewer, making it a go-to solution for many users.

For those running Ubuntu, AnyDesk is an excellent option as it provides all of the features of the Windows version while being compatible with the Linux platform. Overall, AnyDesk is a reliable and user-friendly option for anyone needing remote access to their computer.

The following tutorial will teach you how to install AnyDesk on Ubuntu 22.10, 22.04, and 20.04 Linux. The tutorial will import the official repository and gpg key and update and remove the remote desktop software using the command line terminal so you will always have the latest updated version when Anydesk pushes significant version changes, bugs, or security fixes.

Important Notice

The following tutorial was done with a Ubuntu 22.04 LTS release, and example images were taken. Still, it was tested on Ubuntu 20.04 and Ubuntu 22.10. In the future, if Ubuntu makes any changes to break the tutorial for one of the distribution versions, please place a comment for me to investigate so I can update the tutorial.

Recommended Steps Before Installation

Before proceeding with the tutorial, ensuring your system is up-to-date with all existing packages is good.



sudo apt update

Optionally, you can list the updates for users who require review or are curious.

sudo apt --list upgradable

Proceed to upgrade any outdated packages using the following command.

sudo apt upgrade

Install AnyDesk on Ubuntu Linux

The following dependencies will need to be installed. Most of these packages are already on your system, but running the command can help ensure they are installed.

sudo apt install dirmngr ca-certificates software-properties-common apt-transport-https curl -y

If you skip and encounter issues, return and just run the command.

The first step is to import the GPG key to verify the authenticity of the packages. In your terminal, execute the following command to import to your keychain.

curl -fsSL https://keys.anydesk.com/repos/DEB-GPG-KEY | gpg --dearmor | sudo tee /usr/share/keyrings/anydesk.gpg > /dev/null

Next, import the AnyDesk repository.



echo 'deb [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/anydesk.gpg] http://deb.anydesk.com/ all main' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/anydesk.list

Now run an APT update to reflect the newly imported repository.

sudo apt update

Finally, you can install the AnyDesk using the following command.

sudo apt install anydesk -y

Launch AnyDesk on Ubuntu Linux

Launching can be done in a few ways now that you have the software installed.

Using the command line terminal, you can open it quickly by using the following command.

anydesk

The best way to use AnyDesk for desktop users that prefer not to use the command line terminal is to open the GUI of the application by following the path.

Activities > Show Applications > AnyDesk.



Example:

launch anydesk from the Applications menu on Ubuntu 22.10, 22.04 and 20.04 Linux

Once open, you can begin using AnyDesk by connecting to a remote PC by getting its address. Ensure you set up a password to secure your address, and do not give it out publically. Allowing people to connect to your system remotely can be risky if not managed and monitored correctly.

Example:

Example of Anydesk installed and open  on Ubuntu 22.10, 22.04 and 20.04 Linux

Example:

example connect to anydesk remote computer on Ubuntu 22.10, 22.04 and 20.04 Linux

Update AnyDesk on Ubuntu Linux

The software should update itself with your system packages for desktop users using the APT package manager. For users who want to check manually, use the following command in your terminal.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

Remove AnyDesk on Ubuntu Linux

When you no longer want the video conference software installed on your system, use the following command to remove it.



sudo apt autoremove anydesk --purge -y

Remove the repository if you plan not to re-install AnyDesk again.

sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/anydesk.list /usr/share/keyrings/anydesk.gpg


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