What is Connections? How to install it on Ubuntu

Endrit Qerreti

Endrit Qerreti

Connections is a software that you can use to connect to any computer remotely.

Connections allows you basically to remote control any computer by having the IP address of the computer that you want to control.

Connections is a gnome app, meaning you can install it on any Linux distro that runs gnome.

In this tutorial, we'll be installing Connections on Ubuntu.

Install Connections on Ubuntu

Connections can be easily installed on Ubuntu by using flatpak as connections is available on Flathub repository.

To do so, run the command below

flatpak install flathub org.gnome.Connections

Running Connections

Once you have installed Connections on Ubuntu, you should be able to launch it. You can either launch it using your terminal, or simply from the apps of your system.

For example to launch connections via terminal run the command below

flatpak run org.gnome.Connections

Launch Connections from Apps

How to use Connections

Connections has a very simple GUI, which means you won't have issues learning how to use it even if you are new to Linux.

To connect to another computer using Connections, all you have to do is click the + button, type the IP address of the computer that you want to connect to, and click "Connect".

To connect to a VNC server you need to use the vnc:// protocol

vnc://127.0.0.1:5900

You can also connect to RDP servers, use the rdp:// protocol in such case

rdp://127.0.0.1:3389

Connections it's not limited to linux only, which means you can connect and remote control any computer that runs Windows or any other operating system. So if you are running connections on your Ubuntu machine, and you want to remote control your windows server, you can do so by simply specifying the rdp protocol.

In cases when you want to remote control a linux server from a linux distro then simply use the vnc protocol.

Conclusion

In this tutorial, we explained what Connections is, how to use it, and we also explained how to install it on Ubuntu by using flatpak.