If you don’t have access to a monitor and keyboard or just because it can be more convenient, you may want to access your Raspberry Pi from your laptop or desktop computer.
There are a few different ways to do this but in this tutorial we’re going to log in and access our Raspberry Pi remotely using Virtual Network Computing (VNC). VNC is a way of sharing desktops so you can remotely control another computer.
TightVNC is a cross-platform ,open-source remote desktop software application.
First, make sure everything is up to date on your Raspberry Pi by running:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade
Now, we need to install the TightVNC server package from the command line by running:
sudo apt-get install tightvncserver
Next, start the VNC server. You can also specify the dimensions of the graphical view of the remote desktop:
tightvncserver :1 -geometry 1024x640 -depth 24 -dpi 64
Now, back to your main computer. Download a VNC viewer to your computer. There’s a list of available options listed at:
It should direct you to the most popular choice for your operating system.
For Mac, it’s VNC Viewer.
When you open up VNC Viewer, you will be prompted to log in to your Raspberry Pi using the IP address and the Display number (which is likely set to 1 unless you specified otherwise)
And then, finally, set the 8 character password you set for the VNC server .
You will then have access to your Raspberry Pi desktop. It won’t be fullscreen but it’s still a lot easier to navigate than SSH or other non-graphical ways.
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