How to install basic GUI on Ubuntu Server and access it via VNC

For those who need basic & light-weight GUI for their Ubuntu Server, you can do the following:

“sudo apt-get install xorg openbox”

To easily access it via VNC:

“sudo apt-get install tightvncserver”

To start your VNC server, simply type:


Then you can access this VNC server via any VNC client, such as Remmina with the following server info:

“servername:1” (for the first vncserver, replace 1 by a corresponding number as necessary)

If a password is required and the server didn’t prompt you for it, simply run:


After you’re done, don’t forget to kill your VNC server via the following command:

“vncserver -kill :1” (replace 1 by a corresponding number as necessary)

All the above packages take very little resources from your server, for example they all take around 100 MB of storage only!


About SoCRaT

Systems Engineer, OSS & Linux Geek
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