How to Install AnyDesk on Ubuntu 16.04 | 17.10 | 18.04 Desktop

AnyDesk is probably the fastest, cross-platform remote desktop connection tool to share your desktop with. It’s similar to TeamViewer and can be used to connect remotely to Mac, Linux and Windows machines to provide support or collaborate.

It’s a great tool for tech support specialists and users who want to provide remote assistance while enjoying secure and high quality experience.

It can also be used for meeting and collaboration similar to Webex and other desktop sharing tools.

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install and use AnyDesk on Ubuntu 16.04 / 17.10 and 18.04 LTS. With it installed, other computers with AnyDesk installed should be able connect to the Ubuntu machine.

To get started with installing AnyDesk , follow the steps below:

Step 1: Download AnyDesk Package

Ubuntu doesn’t have AnyDesk packages in its default repositories so instead of running apt-get to install it, you’ll have to manually download the package to install.

To get the package, use your Ubuntu desktop and go to AnyDesk download page and get the version for Linux, the DEB package for either 64-bit or 32-bit Ubuntu systems.
anydesk ubuntu install

Step 2: Install AnytDesk

After downloading the file, go to the ~/Download folder and right-click the downloaded file. then Open With Software Install  as shown in the image below.

anydesk ubuntu setup

When Ubuntu Software app opens, click the Install button to install AnyDesk. Doing this should start the installation.

ubuntu anydesk install

You should then be prompted to type your password and authenticate. only admin or users with admin rights can install packages on Ubuntu desktops.

anydesk ubuntu

Confirm your password and continue.

After a brief moment, AnyDesk should be installed and ready to be used. after the installation is complete, go to the Activities Overview and search for AnyDesk.

ubuntu anydesk

When it opens, give your AnyDesk address or alternate ID to your partner to connect to your machine. or have your partner provide his/her ID so you can connect to them remotely.

Anydesktop ubuntu

That’s it!

More advanced settings like setting password, showing your ID instead of alias, unattended access and more can be configured from its settings page.

ubuntu any desk

Open the setting page from the top menu and configure these configurations. when you’re done. you’re all set!


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  1. when I download anydesk and want to open it with software center it does not happen!
    software center opens but nothing special happens ! what should I do?

    1. You have to download(Select from the dropdown) .deb file (Debian/Ubuntu/Mint(version).Then you can see software installer once you right click it.

  2. I have issues when I try to change the security settings. It asks for my pw, but then will not open the settings, especially for the unattended access. Have you ever come across that?


  3. I cannot install it, I have a dependency issue:
    dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of anydesk:
    anydesk depends on libgtkglext1; however:
    Package libgtkglext1 is not installed.
    anydesk depends on libpango1.0-0; however:
    Package libpango1.0-0 is not installed.

    I did an apt search on libpango1.0-0 and cannot find anything.

    Can you help?

  4. how can activate this programme

  5. not install

  6. for ubuntu i installed, but after downloading it is not opened

  7. Krystian Broniszewski

    Do you think you need XServer to start andy desk? I have anydesk running on my vps ubuntu 18 server, but anydesk does not work after installing the deb package. I have no idea why this is happening

  8. If we do or don’t do it, someone will laugh

  9. anydesk unable to install ubuntu 16.04

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