xrdp is a daemon that supports Microsoft's Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). It uses Xvnc, X11rdp or xorgxrdp as a backend.
Install the AUR package (or alternatively AUR for the development version).
Autoboot at startup
Running as Terminal Server (Xorg)
Install the AUR package.
/etc/X11/Xwrapper.config to allow anybody to start X
/etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc to launch your DE.
If you encounter black box around mouse pointer create
~/.Xresources-xrdp with line
Xcursor.core:1 and load it in
xrdb ~/.Xresources-xrdp exec startlxde
You may need to install.
Running with Vino (Gnome VNC-Server for root session)
Enable the server to be seen via vino-preferences. Since vino defaults to port 5900 for connections, we will edit the xrdp configuration file to understand this. Append the vino session to xrdp's configuration file:
[xrdp8] name=Vino-Session lib=libvnc.so username=ask password=ask ip=127.0.0.1 port=5900
If you encounter VNC connection errors, it may be because
vino-server defaults to accepting only TLS connections. This must be changed to standard VNC authentication so that
xrdp may connect:
gsettings set org.gnome.Vino require-encryption false
You can also restrict
vino-server to only listen on the loopback interface:
gsettings set org.gnome.Vino network-interface lo
Remember to restart the xrdp server, and one should be able to connect to the vino session (tested using xfreerdp).
After starting the
xrdp-sesman services, you should be able to connect an RDP client to the host on the default RDP port (3389). If successful, you will be greeted with the xrdp session manager window which allows you to choose between Xorg or Xvnc sessions and provides inputs for user authentication. The session manager UI can be highly customized by modifying
The parameters used to start Xorg and Xvnc display servers can be configured in
After successfully starting a display server, xrdp will execute
/etc/xrdp/startwm.sh by default. This script is meant to start a window manager (similar to .xinitrc) and will typically require modification to start your desired window manager. Note: the default script will attempt to start
xterm which will cause the connection to fail if
xterm is not installed.
If you just close the session window and RDP connection, you can access the same session again next time you connect with RDP. When you exit the window manager or desktop environment from the session window, the session will close and a new session will be opened the next time.
xrdp checks only if a session with the same geometry is already opened. It will start a new session if the geometry/resolution doesn't match.