Free Remote Desktop Sharing Applications

Remote desktop sharing applications are the ones which sometimes save the day of a developer (specially the freelancers) or anyone who works with computers.

  • Working as a distributed team and need desktop collaboration?
  • Supporting a remote web application that you had built?
  • Need to manage the work computer from home?

There are great free remote desktop applications which helps to build this remote connection.

Do you think these applications may save your day, don’t forget to bookmark this post (del.icio.us link).

I have collected the best ones I know & experienced. Here they are:

LogMeIn

Free version works like a charm, you can manage multiple remote computers. This is a web-based application and you only have to install clients to the PCs to be managed. Downside of the free version is you can not transfer files.

LogMeIn Remote Desktop

 

TeamViewer

Teamviewer - Control Remote Computers

TeamViewer is a software and both PCs need to install applications. You can control remote PCs (unlimited) with the free version. You can transfer files, chat, establish a VPN connection & more.

 

Yuuguu

Yuuguu Remote Desktop Management

This is a very different one. Besides controlling remote computers, Yuuguu enables a team of up to 30 people to share their desktops and chat.

 

DimDim

DimDim Web Conferencing

Dimdim is a free web conferencing service where you can share your desktop, show slides, collaborate, chat, talk and broadcast via webcam with absolutely no download required for attendees. It also has an opensource version.

 

Mikogo

Mikogo Screen Sharing Tool

With Mikogo, users can host smooth-running screen sharing sessions and invite up to 10 participants simultaneously to any one Mikogo meeting. It is genuine freeware with no costs and there are no installations on the participants’ side (thanks Andrew for the suggestion).

 

TightVNC

TightVNC is a very famous open source remote desktop management application. It is lightweight and has versions for both Windows and Unix.

 

Conclusion

All the applications are very easy to use and has lots of users. Except TightVNC, all of them are firewall friendly, which will probably not cause any problems while connecting. But only TightVNC is a standalone product that does not require any registration or depend on any web-based service (and DimDim opensource).

If there are any other free remote desktop sharing solutions that you know, please share them to make the list better.

 

29 Comments
  1. Reply aaaa June 17, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    beware of the security risks ! if you enable such a software to have remote access to your desktop, potentially anyone can use this to peek at your computer.

  2. Reply kolorex June 17, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    Hi, greetings from Argentina, i will translate this article an pit it on my blog, i hope you don’t mind. I will link to here as original.
    And i think that you miss MSN messenger, with the Share apps and share desktop will work fine to this. And Remote desktop coneccion, but that works only for a LAN i think.
    See’ya!

  3. Reply Umut M. June 17, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    @kolorex,

    You can translate it for sure, a link back will be ok.

    I thought about putting MSN meseenger too but in my cases it never performed well. It was hard to connect and slow.

  4. Reply D4rKr0W June 17, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    What about mRemote?
    http://www.mremote.org
    It’s even open source!

  5. Reply Steve June 19, 2008 at 12:04 AM

    Ultra VNC is good in it’s own right but it’s SingleClick app is good for when you need to get around Firewall port forwarding etc.

    You configure and compile the app yourself and can even apply your company Logo.

  6. Reply Steve June 19, 2008 at 12:05 AM

    er… sorry I assumed the “URI” field was for my link … wasn’t thinking:

    http://www.uvnc.com/addons/index.html

  7. Reply Danhbaweb20.com June 20, 2008 at 1:20 AM

    LogMeIn no 1. Thanks

  8. Reply shahid June 25, 2008 at 9:18 AM

    skyfx is a pretty decent one for remote control and helping other without them having to install any software. http://skyfex.com/quickstart.php

  9. Reply jennel159 July 7, 2008 at 9:19 AM

    Greetings from Germany 🙂
    I’m using Teamviewer for Desktop-Sharing. It’s easy to handle and I never had problems with it. The Software is free for private people.

  10. Reply Andre van den Heijkant July 24, 2008 at 8:14 AM

    Hi,

    I am looking for a posibility to share not the complete desktop but only 1 application (incl all windows). Do you no a solution for that?

  11. Reply Umut M. July 24, 2008 at 9:14 AM

    @Andre,

    I’m not sure if this is possible with such an application.

    But maybe you can create a Windows user with such rights and users can connect through this applications & that Windows user.

  12. Reply Andrew Donnelly July 25, 2008 at 4:11 AM

    Hi Andre,

    Try Mikogo (http://www.mikogo.com) which is mentioned in the list above.
    Before you start a free online meeting (or even during a meeting) you can access the feature called “application selection”. There you can choose which applications you wish to share and which ones you would prefer to keep hidden from the view of your meeting participants.
    Say for example you have 5 windows open: a couple of web browsers, a Word doc, a PDF and your email client. But you only want to show the PDF for a presentation. Then you deselect the other windows, and your meeting participants will only be able to see the PDF, keeping everything else hidden. You can also select to hide the taskbar for greater privacy.

    For further details take a look at our user guide (http://www.mikogo.com/download/MikogoUserGuide.pdf) on pages 10 and 11 which gives detail on how to access this feature.

    If you have any questions about this, feel free to join the Mikogo Forum, or drop me a line at the email address below. Or leave another comment here (I hope that is ok with you, wrd….?)

    I hope that helps you.

    All the best,

    Andrew
    The Mikogo Team
    andrew(at)mikogo.com

  13. Reply Jeff July 29, 2008 at 3:15 PM

    Microsoft has released a program that will do this as well. it’s called SharedView and seems to work very much like Mikogo. you can choose what to share at any time during the meeting, you can also provide hand-outs, which is nice.

    Mikogo requires that you type in the meeting code manually or speak to the meeting attendee’s to give them the code, where SharedView allows the option of copy/paste, or with a single click sending a pre-formatted email with the meeting code and password links included.

    it’s likely Mikogo will have the same thing soon…

  14. Reply Henq August 4, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    I got another one http://www.ntrconnect.com which works the same as logmein. There is a free and pro version (see https://www.ntrconnect.com/web/features.asp). Still logmein stays my favorite.

  15. Reply Alex Ferri August 7, 2008 at 7:32 AM

    I am the developer of a software called ScreenCamera. With ScreenCamera you can share your computer desktop using any free video chatting program or web site including Live Messenger, Skype, Yahoo Messenger, AOL Messenger, PalTalk, Camfrog, AIM, Stickam, AnyWebcam, etc..

    Actually, with ScreenCamera you can share your desktop screen and webcam at the same time using any free video chatting program or web site.

    To download ScreenCamera go to:
    http://www.pcwinsoft.com/screencamera/

    Regards,
    Alex Ferri
    PCWinSoft Systems Ltd

  16. Reply Brad Stuart September 15, 2008 at 9:56 AM

    Also try DESKTRA Freedom Desktop: http://www.desktra.com.

    It is the fastest one I have tested to date. Also no registration or web login is required.

    I like it.

    Cheers
    Brad

  17. Reply Moorthy November 3, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Hi I found https://www.yugma.com through Skype Extension.

  18. Reply Martin von Dehn November 26, 2008 at 7:56 PM

    I have spent MONTHS trying to get Desktra to link to my mother’s computer and have yet to succeed. I even tried to use it with both of our firewalls turned off. The company is no help at all.

    Thanks to this website I now have a couple of others I can try. I hope I shall have more success with another product. I do not need to have others access my system, but as a ‘trouble shooter’ I dislike travelling half an hour just fix some minor problem on someone else’s (like finding a lost file). Windows XP Remote Desktop I find to be pretty dicey as well.

  19. Reply Alex March 6, 2009 at 4:56 AM

    Mikogo http://www.mikogo.com is really great, really simple for both organizer and participant, and sounds well featured from what I have tried.

  20. Reply Remote Control Software April 14, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    Is Dim dim completely free to use or is it a trial? I would love to replace gotomeeting if possible. It gets pretty expensive after a while. Thanks.

  21. Reply Alcepepe July 2, 2009 at 9:49 AM

    Hi!

    Greetings (and Mateus Rose wine) from Portugal!

    Hi Remote Control!

    DimDim has an Open Source Edition (GPL licence – http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html). See http://www.dimdim.com/opensource/dimdim_open_source_community_edition.html and http://www.dimdim.com/opensource/dimdim_floss.html.

  22. Reply Adrian Posor September 2, 2009 at 5:20 AM

    I have created a free desktop sharing application for Windows Vista and higher that you can download from here: http://posor.hostingkunde.de/desktopsharing/desktop_sharing.htm

  23. Reply lesley September 14, 2009 at 4:26 AM

    hello
    i am looking for a free remote desktop software to use. can any one help me

  24. Reply joe bob September 15, 2009 at 8:28 AM

    http://www.ammyy.com/en/admin_overview.html

    this is another one i found

  25. Reply esko October 26, 2009 at 4:05 PM

    http://www.netviewer.de is also a nice one…
    Free for not commercial use.
    Desk.-Sharing, Video, Chat, Whiteboard, Data transfer etc.

  26. Reply Hitesh November 20, 2009 at 3:27 AM

    Hi,

    I really liked the posts on his site.

    anyone know of any remote control applition that can be placed onto a web server which will allow a user to go to the site and automaticlly allows two computers to securly connect to each other.

    I hope that makes sense.

    Thanks,

  27. Reply cbm October 22, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    A new free remote desktop service for mobile phones (J2ME, Android) is available at http://www.crystalballmobile.com.
    Key features: access behind firewalls&routers, efficient data compression, encryption, no proprietary software need to be installed on the remote computer.

  28. Reply beng June 16, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    I used “ammyy” it works fine but be careful something seems not right. when the application is open and ready to listen it read IO a lot after several days it read about 9 GB from my IO (just check the IO read/write in task manager) and it makes my computer too slow.

  29. Reply janet October 13, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Another alternative is RHUB remote support appliance. You could try their free demo site: turbomeet.com is completely free. but it has a 50-min cut off.

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