Install and Setup Chrome Remote Desktop on Ubuntu 20.04

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In this guide, we are going to learn how to install and setup Chrome Remote Desktop on Ubuntu 20.04. Google Chrome Remote Desktop allows users to remotely access and control another computer over the Internet through a protocol called Chromoting on Google Chrome browsers.

Install and Setup Chrome Remote Desktop on Ubuntu 20.04

Install Google Chrome Browser on Ubuntu 20.04

To be able to use Chrome Remote Desktop, you need to have Google browsers, Chromium or Google Chrome. Follow the guide below to learn how to install Chrome Browser on Ubuntu 20.04 if you don’t have it installed yet.

Install Google Chrome Browser on Ubuntu 20.04

Sign in Google Account

Before you can begin to setup Chrome Remote Desktop on Ubuntu 20.04 login to your Google account on your browser using your gmail account.

Install Chrome Remote Desktop Extension

Next, you navigate to Chrome extensions page and search for Chrome remote desktop.

Install and Setup Chrome Remote Desktop on Ubuntu 20.04

Click Add to Chrome to install the extension.

After the installation, you should be able to see the Chrome remote desktop icon just beside your search address bar on the right.

Install Chrome Remote Desktop Package

Next, install Chrome remote desktop package which provides the required host components;

wget https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/chrome-remote-desktop_current_amd64.deb -P /tmp
apt install /tmp/chrome-remote-desktop_current_amd64.deb

You can as well navigate to the download folder, /tmp, in this case, and run the command;

cd /tmp
apt install ./chrome-remote-desktop_current_amd64.deb

Chrome remote desktop installs as a service, chrome-remote-desktop.service and is set to run upon installation. It is also enabled to run system boot.

To confirm it is running;

systemctl status chrome-remote-desktop
● chrome-remote-desktop.service - LSB: Chrome Remote Desktop service
     Loaded: loaded (/etc/init.d/chrome-remote-desktop; generated)
     Active: active (exited) since Sun 2020-04-19 23:01:08 EAT; 1min 14s ago
       Docs: man:systemd-sysv-generator(8)
      Tasks: 0 (limit: 2319)
     Memory: 0B
     CGroup: /system.slice/chrome-remote-desktop.service

Apr 19 23:01:08 koromicha systemd[1]: Starting LSB: Chrome Remote Desktop service...
Apr 19 23:01:08 koromicha systemd[1]: Started LSB: Chrome Remote Desktop service.

Enable Remote Desktop Connections

To allow remote access to your Ubuntu 20.04 via Chrome remote desktop tool, you need to enable this by open the Chrome remote desktop extension or just using the remote desktop access address, https://remotedesktop.google.com/access and clicking TURN ON as shown in the screenshot below;

Install and Setup Chrome Remote Desktop on Ubuntu 20.04

Next, enter the name of your system;

Click Next to set the remote connection PIN. Ensure that the PIN is at least 6 digits.

Once you set the PIN, click START to run Chrome Remote Desktop. If prompted for authentication to run Chrome remote desktop, authenticate and proceed.

Chrome Remote Desktop is now up and running on your Ubuntu 20.04.

Accessing Ubuntu 20.04 through Chrome Remote Desktop

To be able to access your Ubuntu 20.04 remotely via Chrome remote desktop, you need to have Chrome remote desktop installed on that server and signed into Google account using the same gmail address.

For example, in our demo, Ubuntu 20.04 is our remote desktop to be accessed from an Ubuntu 16.04 desktop system. Since both systems have the tool installed and signed in using the same gmail id, then, we should be able to see our remote desktop, Ubuntu 20.04 in this case, right on Remote Access page.

Click on the name of your computer to access it. Enter your login PIN to proceed to your remote desktop. If prompted to select the session to launch in your remote Chrome Remote Desktop session, select the default option and proceed.

You have successfully connected to your Ubuntu 20.04 desktop via Chrome Remote Desktop tool.

That brings us to the end of our guide on how to install and and setup Chrome Remote Desktop on Ubuntu 20.04. Enjoy.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. sudo apt install /tmp/chrome-remote-desktop_current_amd64.deb
    [sudo] password for hub55:
    Reading package lists… Done
    E: Unsupported file /tmp/chrome-remote-desktop_current_amd64.deb given on commandline

    • oops, the wget command, should have contained -P /tmp. Like, wget https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/chrome-remote-desktop_current_amd64.deb -P /tmp.

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