Exporting Linux Display in Windows

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 I wanted to know how I can export a Linux terminal display into windows?

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I'm not sure what you mean.

Do you want to look at someone's Linux screen using Microsoft Windows?

Do you want to have LAN access to programs on the Linux computer from a MS Win computer?

Do you want something else?


For example if I have a Command Line opened on a Linux box. I want to be able to export that window to a Windows box. I do not need to see the entire desktop just certain Command Line screens.

Xming will do for you I guess.

You can find it here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/xming/


Well I download Xming already on my Windows box. But I have not be able to get it working. I need step-by-step instructions on how to get it working.
Export the window for what purpose?  Viewing only?  Did you want to type in the window?

One possible solution is the "PC Anywhere" approach.  That likely gives you a lot more than what you want and the solution I use is quite pricey.

I use Bomgar.  It gives me access (with permission) to out customer's computers running in either Windows or Linux.  It's a pretty cool customer service tool.  However, as I said, it's not cheap.


I want to be able to type commands into the window. Isn't there any free solution maybe using Putty or something like that?

I don't know of anything but I did some searching.  I found this


And this but it appears to be Linux -> Linux.


Nothing appears to be a full solution but it might lead you to one.  Or at least give you a better idea of the current state of the technology.

you can use Xming + putty

run Xming from it launcher (multi windows)

then open the putty use the ssh connection it secured and do X protocol tunnelling.

when connecting with putty enable the X11 forwarding, it's located in the X11 part on the left configuration panel

if that will  not work, make sure that the sshd on the linux side enable X forwarding i thing it shoud be in the /etc/ssh/sshd_config file

PS - you can try nx client server it free and quicker
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The primary requirement is that the linux system have the graphical libraries installed, it does not need to operate in graphical mode.

Have not used what the others have recomended, but you can also use cygwin from
http://www.cygwin.com/ that includes the X-server option.

All you need to do is startX server on your windwos system and then, you would use the cygwin bash and issue the ssh -y user@linuxbox
The -y will support multiple graphical displays going through the SSH connection back to the xserver for display.
You can use the ssh -x user@linuxserver will only allow a single graphical display to go through the ssh connection.
Putty works fine as a free solution
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putty works great, but you still need an X-server on the workstation and would require the additional configuration where the user within putty will have to set the DISPLAY
i.e. localhost:10.0 which is based on the X-server.


Thanks everyone for your help. I got it working using Putty and Cygwin.

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