Getting a graphical login over the internet

  1. Software you will need
  2. Configure the software
  3. Connect and work


All the software you need is free. It is not only free, it is also very small: TightVNC viewer (268kB, exe only) and Putty (368kB, exe only). And none of these needs to be installed to run! So not need to run setup.exe on you computer to get connected. So it is just the perfect solution to carry around on a USB stick or even a floppy!

You can also do this with winssh of course...

This document only details the procedure for a Windows to Linux login. You can do just the same from Linux of course.

--> You can not only get a graphical login, the connnection will be secure (encrypted) and compressed. This will be done by using a SSH tunnel



Start PuTTY and create a session with the settings as displayed in the picture below. DO NOT FORGET TO SAVE you session before pressing OPEN!!!! If you don't you will have to enter all the settings again.

You also need to configure at least one SSH Tunnel. Click on 'Tunnels' on the left navigation bar of the PuTTY configuration window. Type the coordinates as displayed below and press ADD. You can create several tunnels as long as they do not conflict with each other.


We assume you will login in using a 800x600 screen with 16bit colors. This means we will login using the SSH tunnel to port 5961.Other settings are possible see on of this page.

To work you need:

  1. Start PuTTY and load you session with the SSH settings (check that the SSH Tunnels are indeed present or this will not work)
  2. Logged in succesfully? Yes, go to 3. No, check the settings and go to 1.
  3. On you machine start vncviewer.exe
  4. In the box next to vnc server type: localhost:61 and click OK
  5. A window opens and offers you a login screen... Yes, start working. No, check whether you have the correct setting for your SSH Tunnels.
DO NOT close the PuTTY windows while working, this would terminate the SSH tunnel and kill you graphical session as well.