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How to Install Your Own VNC Server – Fedora / CentOS

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In this guide, we will go over how to install your own VNC server on a Fedora or CentOS virtual private server. This will allow you to connect and view common Linux desktop Graphical User Interfaces such as GNOME and KDE.


A Fedora or CentOS VPS with root permissions.

A Desktop Environment (GUI) such as GNOME or KDE

Installing a VNC server

Install the VNC server. In this example, we will use TigerVNC. For information on TigerVNC, visit the following site:

yum install tigervnc-server -y

If using a newer version of Fedora, use the DNF package manager:

dnf install tigervnc-server -y

Set the VNC password for root


(Optional) If you want to set the VNC password for another user:

su <otheruser>

Start the VNC server, create a window (session), and choose output resolution:

vncserver :1 -geometry 1024x768 -depth 24
vncserver :1 -geometry 1024x768 -depth 24

You can check current active VNC windows with the “vncserver –list” command.

vncserver -list
vncserver -list

Try connecting with a VNC client of your choice. Notice I am connecting using the server IP and the VNC window that I declared earlier.

Sample VNC Viewer Sample VNC Viewer Authentication VNC Viewer Information

In this example, I am connected to a private cloud server with GNOME installed.

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