How to connect to KDE desktop from Windows machine

This tutorial is going to show you how to connect to KDE desktop from a Windows machine. On this tutorial, I am using Debian Wheezy KDE as the server and Windows 7 as the client. I was struggling to find a way to connect to my Debian Server (I installed KDE desktop on it) from my Windows. But now, this problem is solved. Thanks to Xming application which mainly used to connect to KDE.

To do this, you will need to download and install Xming application on Windows machine. Xming can be downloaded from the link below:

Once installed, we need to configure the remote KDE desktop/server and edit the file /etc/ssh/sshd_config. Make sure you set the following on the sshd_config file:

X11Forwarding yes
X11DisplayOffset 10
X11UseLocalhost yes

You can add them manually if its not there already. Next is to restart the ssh service.

sudo service ssh restart

Now, switch to Windows and open Xming Xlaunch application. Select One Window and change display number from 0 to 1. This settings works perfectly on my case.

connect to kde from windows 1Press Next to continue to the next page. Select Start a program and press Next.

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Now type “startkde” on the text box. Select Using Putty and enter the remote KDE desktop IP address, username and password.

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