AnyDesk is a free alternative to TeamViewer for establishing a remote desktop connection. Here in this tutorial we will learn the commands to install AnyDesk on MX Linux.
If you don’t want to use TeamViewer and looking for some other similar kind of application then AnyDesk is here. It is a close source application developed by AnyDesk Software GmbH. It is a cross-platform remote desktop app, available for Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, and Linux systems. The app offers remote control, file transfer, and VPN functionality.
Just like Teamviewer, we can use it to connect to another computer directly on the interface. All you have to do is get the ID from the connection partner and enter it on your own. After that select “Connect” to start screen sharing or select “File Transfer” if you just want to access the file system. The latter can be helpful if, for example, you work from home in the home office and want to access your files at work.
A message appears on the computer you are trying to connect to, asking you to confirm the connection. You then have access to the screen and can interact with it.
• Remote access for multiple operating systems (Windows, Linux, macOS, iOS, Android, etc.)
• File transfer and manager
• Remote Print & VPN
• Unattended access
• And more…
Steps to install AnyDesk Remote Desktop App on MX Linux
The commands given here can be followed on other Debian-based operating systems such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint, POP OS, Elementary OS, and more…
1. Add AnyDesk Repository
As AnyDesk is not an open-source application, therefore it is not available to install using the official system repository. Hence. we manually have to add the repository of AnyDesk on MX Linux. Open your command terminal and run:
sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list.d/anydesk-stable.list
Copy-Paste the following line:
deb http://deb.anydesk.com/ all main
Save the file by pressing Ctrl+O hit the Enter key and then exit Ctrl+X.
2. Add the GPG key on MX Linux
The packages we get from the added AnyDesk repo need to be checked by the system to confirm they are from the official source without any kind of alteration.
wget -qO - https://keys.anydesk.com/repos/DEB-GPG-KEY | sudo apt-key add -
3. Update your system
Once you have added the repository, run the system update command. This will refresh the APT package manager repo cache, to make it recognize the latest available packages to install.
sudo apt update
4. Install AnyDesk on MX Linux
We have configured the source to get the latest packages for installing AnyDesk on MX Linux. Now, let’s use the APT package manager to set this remote desktop tool on our system.
sudo apt install anydesk
5. Launch Remote desktop app
Once the installation is completed, click on the Application launcher button and search for AnyDesk. However, the application would start automatically.
6. How to update AnyDesk on MX Linux
Well, we have used the repository method to install the AnyDesk on MX Linux which reduces our efforts to get hte future updates for the application. Becuase whenever we run the system update and upgrade command, the APT package manager will automatically install the latest update, if any, available for AnyDesk.
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
7. Uninstall or remove
If you didn’t the like features or working of this free remote desktop app for personal usage, the uninstallation of the same it is also effortless. Again use the APT package manager with remove parameter and package name, here it is:
sudo apt autoremove --purge anydesk
To remove repo:
sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/anydesk-stable.list
This was the quick tutorial to setup AnyDesk on MX Linux, however, the free version is only for personal. If you are looking for enterprise features then go for the paid version listed on offcial website of it.