How to Install AnyDesk on Ubuntu 20.04 | 18.04

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install AnyDesk on Ubuntu 20.04 | 18.04 LTS.

AnyDesk is cross-platform, fast, secure and intuitive remote desktop support software.

AnyDesk is not opensource, however, if you’re looking for a strong alternative to support tools like TeamViewer, LogMeIn and others, this tools should be considered.

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.

Whether as an individual, or as a professional organization offering remote support to customers, AnyDesk is made for easy operation and solid remote connectivity.

There are multiple ways to install AnyDesk on Ubuntu. The easiest way to install AnyDesk is to add its software repository to Ubuntu and install from there.

By default, the software packages are not included with Ubuntu. So you must manually install it or use its repository.

How to install AnyDesk from repository

For those who want to quickly and easily install AnyDesk, they can use the commands below;

First, add its software repository’s key to Ubuntu:

wget -qO - | sudo apt-key add -

Then add its repository file.

echo "deb all main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/anydesk-stable.list

Finally, update Ubuntu repository list and install AnyDesk

sudo apt update
sudo apt install anydesk

To launch from the command line, type the commend below:


That should open up and allow you to use the software.

How to install AnyDesk from deb package

For those who are not familiar with the command line in option 1, they can use the desktop GUI to download and install AnyDesk.

Open your browser and browse to the link below. There you’ll want to choose the package built for Debian/Ubuntu/Mint

ubuntu anydesk install

Then click the Download Now button.

When prompted what to do with the file, choose to save. This should save into your Downloads folder in your Home directory.

anydesk ubuntu install

After downloading the file, open the File explorer on the left, then go to the Download folder in your Home directory.

Right-click the downloaded file and select Open With Software Install  as shown in the image below.

anydesk ubuntu install 1

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

ubuntu anydesk install 1

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.

Once done, go to the Activities Overview and search for AnyDesk.

AnyDesk Ubuntu Install

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.

ubuntu anydesk install 3

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.


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  1. Your article is useful but your site should have in consideration that using a lot of ads breaks the user experience when reading on a mobile device. Maybe worth in a computer or laptop.

    Anyway, AnyDesk is now the new “TeamViewer” as this last Software is blocking people from using it just saying a commercial usage, suspicious commercial activity and things like that which in the majority of the cases it is not such thing.

    That’s why people is running fast to AnyDesk, which works more like a NoMachine alternative but solving the DDNS on its own.

    Thank you

  2. None of this works for me. Lubuntu 20.x doesn’t like any of this. Lubuntu is based on Ubuntu, and I cannot find specific instructions for it for most things, Ubuntu instructions work on everything else. But your stuff is just wrong.

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