Monday, February 08, 2016


FreeRDP enables a connection to a windows machine from Debian GNU-Linux. freerdp-x11 can be installed from the Synaptic package manager. The program is called xfreerdp.

Usage example:
xfreerdp /u:**user** /p:**password** /v:**IP** /drive:data,/home/paul/R/forestproductsdemand/data-end
Connect in fullscreen mode using a stored configuration connection.rdp and the password Pwd123! :
xfreerdp connection.rdp /p:Pwd123! /f
Connect to host with user CONTOSO\\JohnDoe and password Pwd123!
xfreerdp /u:CONTOSO\\JohnDoe /p:Pwd123! /

Connect to host on port 4489 with user JohnDoe, password Pwd123!. The screen width is set to 1366 and the height to 768. See also option /drive below.
xfreerdp /u:JohnDoe /p:Pwd123! /w:1366 /h:768 /v:

The screen shot below shows a windows session accessed from within the Gnome desktop. A folder is shared an can be visible in both the windows and Gnome file explorers.


Command line options
/drive:nameofdrive,localfolder : Redirect localfolder as nameofdrive on the server machine

Window size

Pressing CTRL+ALT+ENTER will switch from windowed to full screen and vice-versa. This is sufficient for me to see the full screen on a Gnome Desktop. But there is no option for scroll bars if the distant screen is to large to appear on screen.

Multiple RDP connections to a windows machine

I'm working with a colleague on the same machine. She has long running processes on the machine and I need to use specific software. According to this Microsoft forum, multiple RDP connection is not possible on windows.

Change keyboard layout

List available keyboard layout
xfreerdp /kbd-list
I didn't manage to enter the keyboard option. I asked a question on SuperUser.

Automation for a thin client

Command script to open xfreerdp and reopen it when it closes suggests this script: 
while (true); do xfreerdp -f ; sleep 2; done

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