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How to install and use teamviewer on linux

Brief: Step-by-step beginner’s guide to installing TeamViewer on Linux. It also explains how to use TeamViewer on Linux.

TeamViewer is a remote desktop application primarily used to connect to a different system quickly and securely. It lets you remotely connect to someone’s desktop, transfer files, share screen and video conferencing.

It is extremely popular for its simplicity and ease of use. It is mainly used to provide technical support to remote computers.

It’s a cross-platform software available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, iOS and Android and there is a web browser support too. Though TeamViewer is a proprietary software, it is available free of charge for non-commercial use and offers almost everything the paid version has to offer.

TeamViewer features

  • Allows you to take a remote control of a system.
  • Supports video conferencing, group calls, desktop sharing.
  • There is a 256 bit AES session encoding and 2048 bit RSA key exchange for a secure connection.
  • Wake-on-LAN feature allows switching on your computer remotely.
  • Supports rebooting your system or servers while on the go.
  • Switching between multiple screens is easy.

Installing TeamViewer in Linux

TeamViewer provides .deb binaries for Debian and Ubuntu-based Linux distributions. It also has .rpm packages for Fedora and SUSE. There is also a tarball for other Linux distributions.

You can grab a copy of TeamViewer from the official download page:

I will be installing TeamViewer on Ubuntu so I downloaded the .deb file. You can use the graphical installer by double-clicking the downloaded package and following the subsequent instructions.

If you face dependency issues, I suggest you try installing it with GDebi package installer.

Alternatively, if you prefer the terminal way, navigate to the download folder and run the below command:

In case you are notified of installation failure due to missing dependencies, type the below command to complete the installation.

Once installed, you can open TeamViewer from the application menu or run it from the console using the command:

How to use TeamViewer on Linux to connect to other systems

Here are a few things you should know about using TeamViewer for remotely connecting to other systems:

  • Both host and target systems should have TeamViewer installed.
  • Host and target can be any supported operating systems. For example, you can use it to connect to a Windows system from your Linux system.
  • By default, each system is given an ID and a 4 digit password that is generated randomly at each start of the application.
  • If you are trying to connect to a remote system, you’ll need to know the ID and the password of the target system.
  • Similarly, if you are giving someone access to your system, you need to provide them the password and ID of your system to the remote system.
  • Both systems must be connected to the internet.
  • You are not required to create an account on TeamViewer to use it.

Now that you know a few things, let’s see how to do it:

Step 1

Start TeamViewer on both host and target systems. You’ll see the ID and password of your TeamViewer application on your screen. Similar info will be displayed on the remote system.

This is important information as it will be required to make the remote desktop connection.

An ID and Password is displaced on the screen

Step 2

For connecting to a system, both the host and target machines should have TeamViewer installed. You will need the unique ID and password of the system to which you want to connect to. Open TeamViewer and under the “Remote Control” type in the ID in Partner ID option, and click on “Connect to partner”:

Enter the ID of the target device

Quite obviously, it will ask you to enter the password of the target system.

Once you enter the correct password and hit Log On, you should be immediately connected to the target system.

Step 3

Once connected, you have the full control of the target system. I have a system running Ubuntu from which I established a remote desktop connection to another system running Elementary OS and then I ran a command there!

Connected to elementary OS from Ubuntu system

The top bar provides different options for TeamViewer. Under the Actions tab, you can find options to end the session, reboot your device or even invite additional participants.

View tab contains the most useful options. You can select the screen fit, optimize speed and quality and select the screen resolution for the target system.

Files & Extras gives you the option to take a screenshot or record a session. You can share a file between the two system via drag and drop or using the file manager.

Do more with TeamViewer

There are ways to optimize your TeamViewer experience. Let’s see some of them.

1. Using TeamViewer account for easy access

TeamViewer provides an ID and password which can be used to take control of your system. However, signing up for a free user lets you store these credentials, and quickly connect to a system without the hassle of typing it every time.

2. Recording a session

You can always record a TeamViewer session for a later access or for the records. Once you are connected to TeamViewer, navigate to Extras in the Toolbar and you will find the option to start, pause and stop recording. Once a recording is done, you are prompted to save it.

3. Multiple Sessions support

TeamViewer supports multiple sessions simultaneously, you can take control of a second system without being disconnected from the first one. Click on the + sign in the top left corner to add another machine. For IT support people, this can be very useful.

4. Easy file transfer

You can share a file by selecting File Transfer from the TeamViewer toolbar. You can either select the file which you want to share, or drag and drop a file using option File box. This is important since you can push an application to the target machine and install it without having a physical access.

5. Manage Visual Settings

Visual Settings options lets you optimize your connection to the target machine by giving you options to choose the Quality, Scaling, Screen resolution. It can be accessed via View option. In case there is a lag, you could select Optimize speed under Quality options, or disable GUI animations.

6. Connect with a smartphone

TeamViewer app is available for iOS, Android and Windows 10 Mobile which can help you take a look at your system anywhere, anytime. This lets me access my system and check if some downloads are completed, or even change the music track without reaching out to my system.

I tried taking a control of my system with my Phone and it worked like a charm.

Final Words on TeamViewer

TeamViewer is a great tool when it comes to getting control of someone’s system for troubleshooting or monitoring your own system with your mobile handset. And since it is available for almost every platform, there’s always a way around to help someone by connecting to their system.

Are you a TeamViewer user? What other tools do you use for remote desktop connection in Linux? Let us know in the comments how it helps you!

How to install and use teamviewer on linux

Teamviewer is a powerful tool that allows teams to collaborate and share their screens in real time. It’s also incredibly useful for remote tech support to gain immediate access to a computer remotely with a complete graphical desktop.

As a result, it’s not hard to see why Teamviewer supports Linux and packages for both Debian and Redhat distributions. Don’t worry if you’re on a different distribution, they do offer a generic tarball, and some, like Arch, do have packages available.

Install Teamviewer

How to install and use teamviewer on linux

Before you start, you’re going to need to download Teamviewer for your Linux distribution. If you’re on Debian, Ubuntu, any of their derivatives or a Redhat distribution, like Fedora or CentOS, swing by the Teamviewer Linux download page. Download either the 64bit DEB or RPM for your distribution. You can try using your distribution’s graphical method to install it, but this guide is going to cover the command line.

Ubuntu/Debian

How to install and use teamviewer on linux

Open your terminal and change into the directory where your Teamviewer package downloaded.

Then, use dpkg to install the package. You can use the first command to locate it.

How to install and use teamviewer on linux

Dpkg will probably fail. That’s not a big deal, as you can use Apt to clean up the mess and finish the installation.

That will fetch the missing dependencies and configure Teamviewer.

Fedora

How to install and use teamviewer on linux

The process for Fedora is much like the one for Debian distributions. You’re going to use RPM to install the package that you downloaded. First, though, you’ll need to grab the dependencies for Teamviewer.

Now, change the directory to where your package is downloaded, and install it with RPM.

After the installation has completed, you’re going to need to start the Teamviewer service.

To run the Teamviewer service automatically when you start your computer, run the following as well.

How to install and use teamviewer on linux

When you first open Teamviewer, you may see a warning saying that Teamviewer won’t work with Wayland. You’ll need to log out and select GNOME with Xorg to use Teamviewer.

Arch Linux

How to install and use teamviewer on linux

Teamviewer doesn’t officially support Arch, but that didn’t stop the community from adding a package to the AUR. If you don’t have an AUR helper, follow the process below to download and install Teamviewer.

How to install and use teamviewer on linux

If you do have an AUR helper, the process is obviously simpler.

Before you can open and use Teamviewer, you’ll need to start the accompanying service.

If you want it to run at startup, enable it as well.

Running Teamviewer

Teamviewer is a graphical application that you can find classified under the “Internet” section on most desktop environments. After you find it listed alphabetically under “Teamviewer” on GNOME, open it.

How to install and use teamviewer on linux

Before Teamviewer starts, it’ll present you with its EULA. Accept to continue.

In the center of your Teamviewer window, you’ll find your current ID and password. These are specific to your computer, and they aren’t tied to any particular account. You can create or sign in to a Teamviewer account, if you like, but it’s not necessary to access another computer.

Connecting

It’s extremely simple to connect to another computer with Teamviewer. Ask for the Teamviewer ID of the computer you want to access. Enter it in the “Partner ID” field at the top of your Teamviewer window or in the right third of the “Remote Control” tab.

Teamviewer will then ask for the password of the computer that you want to control. Enter that, too. Teamviewer will open a new window with your partner computer’s desktop visible. This window is your portal to the other machine. You can access everything on that computer through this window, just like if you were sitting at it.

How to install and use teamviewer on linux

Take a look at the controls near the top of the window. You can send files, communicate, and change the way you display the connection through this menu. To end the connection, click on the “Actions” section, and select the option to close the connection.

That’s all for the basics. You can now remotely access another computer via Teamviewer and help troubleshoot or simply access files. It’s a versatile way for teams to work together, and it provides a convenient way to access a remote machine.

Nick is a freelance tech. journalist, Linux enthusiast, and a long time PC gamer.

TeamViewer is used for controlling remote computers, online meetings, file transfers, and a few other things. Being that it’s proprietary software, it can be a little trickier to install it on a Linux system than most free and open source alternatives.

In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the step by step instructions to install TeamViewer on most major Linux distributions.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to install TeamViewer on Ubuntu, Debian, and Linux Mint
  • How to install TeamViewer on CentOS, Fedora, and Red Hat
  • How to install TeamViewer on Manjaro and Arch Linux

How to install and use teamviewer on linux

Software Requirements and Linux Command Line Conventions

Category Requirements, Conventions or Software Version Used
System Most major Linux distros
Software TeamViewer
Other Privileged access to your Linux system as root or via the sudo command.
Conventions # – requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command $ – requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

Install TeamViewer on Ubuntu, Debian, Mint

These instructions should work for Ubuntu, Debian, Linux Mint, and any other Debian based distribution.

  1. Start by opening a terminal and using the following wget command to download the TeamViewer installation file.
  2. Next, use the apt command to install it.
  3. TeamViewer and all its dependencies will now be installed. To launch TeamViewer, use your desktop environment’s application launcher or simply type teamviewer in terminal.

The TeamViewer repo has automatically been added to your apt package manager. From now on, you’ll be able to update TeamViewer from the software update GUI tool or from command line by using the command below.

Install Teamviewer on CentOS, Fedora, Red Hat

These instructions should work for CentOS, Fedora, Red Hat, and any other Red Hat based distribution.

    Start by opening a terminal and using the following command to enable the EPEL repository on your system.

The TeamViewer repo has automatically been added to your dnf package manager. From now on, you’ll be able to update TeamViewer from the software update GUI tool or from command line by using the command below.

Install TeamViewer on Manjaro and Arch Linux

These instructions should work for Manjaro, Arch Linux, and any other Arch Linux based distribution.

  1. Start by opening a terminal and executing the following command to clone TeamViewer from the Arch User Repository.
  2. Make sure Manjaro is up to date before installing TeamViewer.

To keep TeamViewer up to date, it’s easiest to install an “AUR helper” such as yay. We go over it in full detail in our guide for how to install a package from the AUR. If yay is installed, you can use the following command to keep TeamViewer up to date.

Conclusion

In this article, we saw how to install TeamViewer on eight of the most popular Linux distributions, as well as their derivatives. We also saw how to keep TeamViewer up to date, which is much easier than the initial installation. Using the steps from this guide should allow you to install and use TeamViewer for incoming and outgoing connections on your Linux system.

Are you tech support for your friends and family? TeamViewer makes cross-platform remote support a breeze, and it’s free for private use. Here’s how to install and use it on Linux.

Cross-Platform Family Tech Support

Are you the go-to techie for friends and family whenever they run into computer difficulties? It’s always nice to help, but anything that makes the job quicker and easier is most welcome. Trying to talk someone who isn’t tech-savvy through a simple procedure can be frustrating for both of you. Even worse, it can put that person off adopting new technology in the future.

Seeing the problem in-person is always helpful, but, sometimes, that’s not possible. That’s where remote-access software comes in. It allows you to control the remote machine and use it, more or less, just as you would if you were sitting in front of it.

Obviously, you can’t do the physical things, like insert or eject USB drives, but you’ve got an assistant on-site who can do those things for you, if necessary.

TeamViewer is a well-known remote-access and desktop-sharing application. It’s a closed-source commercial product, but it’s also free to use in non-commercial settings. You can use it on Linux, Windows, MacOS, and other operating systems.

Installing TeamViewer on Linux

We tested installation of TeamViewer on Ubuntu 20.04, Fedora 32, and Manjaro 20.0.1. TeamViewer provides packaged binaries for Ubuntu and Fedora. If you use Manjaro, you can install TeamViewer from the Arch User Repository (AUR).

To install TeamViewer in Ubuntu and Fedora, fire up your browser and navigate to the TeamViewer Linux download page.

How to install and use teamviewer on linux

There are links to download Ubuntu DEB files and Fedora RPM files.

How to install and use teamviewer on linux

Download the appropriate package file. After the download finishes, locate the package file on your computer (it will likely be in the “Downloads” folder).

How to install and use teamviewer on linux

This is the Ubuntu package, so the filename on your system might be different. Double-click the package file and when the application launches, click “Install.”

How to install and use teamviewer on linux

On Fedora, your package will look like the image below.

How to install and use teamviewer on linux

Again, because the filename reflects the version of the TeamViewer application, yours might be different. Double-click the RPM file to install it and when the application launches, click “Install.”

How to install and use teamviewer on linux

On Manjaro we have a little more work to do because we have to install the following dependencies:

After you install the above, launch the pamac software manager. If you haven’t already enabled AUR support, open the application menu, navigate to Properties > Preferences, and then click the “AUR” tab. Toggle-On the AUR slider.

How to install and use teamviewer on linux

Close the preferences window, click the Search icon in the main window, and then type “teamviewer.” Select the version you want to install from the list of results.

How to install and use teamviewer on linux

We downloaded and installed the version at the top (15.5.3) on Ubuntu and Fedora because it’s best to install the latest release.

Installing the Client

The people you’re helping might be using Windows computers, Macs, or Chromebooks. In all cases, the simplest thing to do is ask them to download the TeamViewer software. They can go to the TeamViewer website, click the appropriate operating system at the top of the screen, and then download the TeamViewer QuickSupport utility.

On Mac and Windows, they don’t even have to install this—they’ll just launch the downloaded file. On Chromebooks, it does have to be installed.

After the client is launched, it looks like the image below. In the middle of the screen, under “Your ID,” is a number.

How to install and use teamviewer on linux

Ask your friend or family member to give you this number. The sequence of characters below that is the password, which you’ll need, as well.

Using TeamViewer

To connect to a remote computer, launch TeamViewer on yours. In GNOME, press the Super key (usually located between Ctrl and Alt, on the left). Start typing “teamviewer” the TeamViewer icon will appear.

How to install and use teamviewer on linux

Click the icon to launch TeamViewer. Click “Accept License Agreement.”

How to install and use teamviewer on linux

The main TeamViewer window appears. Type the ID number of the person you’re assisting in the “Partner ID” field, and then click “Connect.”

How to install and use teamviewer on linux

Type the password of the person you’re assisting, and then click “Log On.”

How to install and use teamviewer on linux

The other person’s desktop appears in a window, and you now have full access to that computer. When you move your mouse over the window, the mouse pointer on the remote computer will do the same.

In the image below, we’re connected to a Windows computer.

How to install and use teamviewer on linux

To reduce network traffic and speed up the connection, you won’t see the desktop wallpaper—it will be black.

You can access menus, run applications, and use the keyboard the same as you would if you were sitting in front of that computer.

There are a couple of settings worth noting. If you click “View” at the top of the window, a menu appears. You can select a view that best suits the combination of the two desktop resolutions, and the size of the window you want to use. The “Scaled” option is a good starting point, and it works best in most situations.

How to install and use teamviewer on linux

Click “Actions” to open that menu. If you enable “Send Key Combinations,” your key combinations are then sent to the remote computer, and not your own. For example, if you press Super+E to open a file browser window, this will be enacted on the remote computer, but not yours.

How to install and use teamviewer on linux

When the mouse pointer is outside the TeamViewer window, however, your key combinations will apply to your computer.

Less Stress, Faster Fixes

Remote technical support can be challenging. However, a remote-access package allows you to find and fix the problem in the shortest time possible. Hopefully, you can then reclaim more of your day, and, possibly, your sanity.

Just keep in mind, TeamViewer is free for non-commercial use only; if you want to use it for your business, you have to purchase a license.

February 20, 2018

TeamViewer is a popular remote desktop tool. It is the typical tool to use, in order to help remotely your colleagues that keep using Windows.

You can install TeamViewer on Linux using these instructions on installing TeamViewer on Linux. In this post though, you will install TeamViewer in a LXD (pronounced LexDee) container on your desktop.

The benefits of installing TeamViewer in a container are:

  1. the TeamViewer executable will be restricted to the filesystem of the container,
  2. you can easily remove the installation by deleting the container, and be sure that it is 100% gone,
  3. you get GPU acceleration from your desktop environment, compared to running over ssh -X (X11 forwarding over SSH).

The latest version of TeamViewer is 13, and just a few months ago it was released on Linux. Compared to previous versions, TeamViewer 13 is a native application based on the Qt Framework. Previous versions of TeamViewer for Linux have been using Wine (Windows emulation on Linux).

TeamViewer 13 is quite new, rewritten and several features are missing at the moment. There are some complaints at the TeamViewer Linux community forums. Here is another one, TeamViewer 13 does not work yet in LXD. It is a peculiar issue and there is lots of head-scratching. What happens, is that TeamViewer 13 in LXD cannot connect to the network at all! In this post, we are installing one of the previous versions.

  • Follow this guide to setup a container on your desktop. This container will have access to your desktop’s graphics environment and will benefit from any graphics acceleration you have available. I assume you named that container guiapps.
  • Set up a password for the non-root user in the container. The Ubuntu container images have a default ubuntu user account. Set up a password by running the following. lxc exec executes a command in the container guiapps. The command is anything after the characters, and it’s just passwd ubuntu.

Connect to the container using the lxc console command. This command is quite new to LXD, therefore you need a recent LXD version. You should either install LXD from the backports repository, or migrate the snap version of LXD.

The lxc console command gives you a console to the container, as in /dev/console. It is yet another way to connect to a LXD container (the others being lxc exec and ssh). Let’s connect then. It’s lxc console, and then the container name. You are asked for your username and password. Then, type tty to see the TTY device.

Let’s compare with connecting over SSH. Substitute the IP address with correct IP address of your own guiapps container. You can find it by running lxc list.

Finally, let’s compare with getting access using lxc exec.

The reason why we use lxc console is that TeamViewer gives a variety of errors when using the other methods.

Visit the page with the previous versions of TeamViewer and download the highlighted file, TeamViewer deb 32-Bit / 64-Bit Multiarch. Then, add the i386 architecture to apt. Install the downloaded .deb file, and finally install any missing packages for Teamviewer. The commands are shown below the screenshot.

How to install and use teamviewer on linux

Now run TeamViewer.

Here is the TeamViewer window.

How to install and use teamviewer on linux

TeamViewer is a very important application for those that need to use it. At the moment, it takes effort to install TeamViewer and especially to confine it from the rest of your Linux desktop.

Ideally, TeamViewer (the company) should create snap packages of TeamViewer, and distribute it as a snap, just like the Skype team does for Skype. By doing so, TeamViewer (the company) will be able to push out new packages for Linux with the click of a button.

TeamViewer 13 is new and is still in development. I am quite mystified as to why it would not work in a LXD container. The application would not be able to connect to the Internet, just to the local network . The log files mention errors relating to the framebuffer. There are frequent updates though, therefore a future update may fix the issues.

Nov 28, 2017
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A really quick way to remotely connect to a Linux PC without hassle is Teamviewer. It’s a popular tool among IT professionals. In terms of software, it’s hard to beat. Especially since the tool not only offers a quick and easy way to remotely access PCs, but also makes it very easy to converse with the person on the other end, share files back and forth, and even save PC connections for later. Here’s how to use TeamViewer on Linux.

SPOILER ALERT: Scroll down and watch the video tutorial at the end of this article.

Installing Teamviewer on Linux

When it comes to installing Teamviewer on Linux, no distribution is the same. The company overall has some great support for Linux users, but some distributions get more love than others. Here’s how to get the tool working on your Linux PC.

Ubuntu and Debian

Sadly, there are no PPAs or Debian repositories that carry the TeamViewer tool. This is due to the fact that TeamViewer is a proprietary program, and it’s illegal to distribute the software. In addition, it’s not open source, so that means that the operating system maintainers wouldn’t want to do it anyways. Luckily, users can install the software using a Debian package file.

How to install and use teamviewer on linux

To start the installation process, go to the official website and select the download button under “Ubuntu, Debian”. When the download is complete, open up a terminal window and use the CD command to navigate to the Bash shell to the Downloads folder on your PC.

Once there, use the dpkg tool to install the software.

Note: If you are using Debian, make sure your user has access to sudo. If not, do so. Alternatively, do this process using root (su) instead of the sudo command.

As this software installs, some issues may arise. Teamviewer may say that some dependencies aren’t satisfied. A quick way to fix this is to use:

Ubuntu and Current Debian

Old Debian

Arch Linux

For obvious legal reasons, Arch Linux does not distribute Teamviewer. As a result, users must install the software via the AUR. To do this, first open a terminal and install the required dependencies for Teamviewer to build.

How to install and use teamviewer on linux

Note: You must have the multi-lib repository enabled in your /etc/pacman.conf file, or Teamviewer will not build right.

With the dependencies installed, it’s time to start the building process. Start out by going to the Teamviewer AUR page, and clicking “download snapshot”. When the download is complete, use the CD command to go to the Downloads folder.

Inside downloads, extract the AUR Teamviewer snapshot file.

Enter the folder of the extracted snapshot archive with the CD command.

Finally, build an Arch package with the makepkg command.

When makepkg finishes, install the package using the pacman package manager.

Be sure to enable the teamviewer service via systemd before using the software:

Fedora and OpenSUSE

Fedora and OpenSUSE users are lucky, as both of these operating systems are officially supported (via a downloadable binary) by Teamviewer. To install the software to your system, go to the official page and click on the green download button under “RedHat, CentOS, Fedora, SUSE”.

Fedora instructions

First, use the CD command in the terminal to navigate to the Downloads folder.

Next, use the dnf package tool to install the software.

OpenSUSE instructions

Use CD to go to the Downloads folder on your PC.

Then, use the zypper package tool to install the software to your computer.

Generic Linux Instructions

Even though Teamviewer hasn’t made an install-able binary for every single Linux distribution ever made, they’ve still found a way to let everyone use their product. If you’re not using a mainstream Linux distribution, all you need to do is to download the source file. No compiling is necessary. Instead, just download the tar.gz archive file, extract it and run the binary inside of it!

To download, go to the official page and look for “Other systems (not officially supported)”.

Extract it and not sure why it’s not working? Open a terminal, and run:

Using Teamviewer On Linux

Connecting over Teamviewer is very easy, even on Linux. To start off, open the app on your PC. Then, ask for the Partner ID and password from the person you’re going to connect to.

How to install and use teamviewer on linux

Once you’ve got them, enter the Partner ID in the text-box. Doing so will bring up a window asking for a “password”. Enter the password given to you. From here, you’ll log into the remote computer and have complete control.

From here, everything is very straight forward. Use your mouse to navigate the remote computer. In addition, click “audio/video” to chat with the person on the other end. If you’re looking to get someone else to connect to you, simply share the Partner ID and password to them.

Teamviewer client/host tools are available for download on other platforms aside from Linux. Mainly: Android, Windows, Mac, iOS and others.

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The above steps are too complicated. Instead, I would recommend using tools like logmein, R-HUB remote support servers etc. They are easy to use and works well.

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How to install and use teamviewer on linux

Post by Admin on Jan 18, 2017 23:30:45 GMT

We can see frequent requests where computer users want to uninstall Teamviewer from their operating system. Well, it’s still up to you. For instance, you can make the best of software remains if you want to reuse the app at a later date. Furthermore, when it comes to app leftovers, unsurprisingly, we believe Windows’ own uninstall utility is poorly structured, incomplete, and not enough at all. Unless you take a closer look at the hidden AppData folder common uninstall routine does not make any difference. To keep the peace, this post includes two professional uninstall tools to help you sort out uninstall issues. The uninstallers too offer additional features, including junk removal. And, if you want to get the things done manually, you do one of the following:

Getting Started:

1. Save all of your personal data like the list of your contacts.
2. Disconnect all of the remote connections you’re using.
3. Log out your own Teamviewer account. Refer to the below screenshot to quit the unwanted app in your own system.

Uninstall Teamviewer for Windows:

1. Run Task Manager, and terminate the following “Teamviewer 12 (32 bit)” process manually.

2. We just assume you’ve saved Control Panel on your desktop. Then you open it, and head to Uninstall a program. You will single click on the target application to uninstall. And, you will press the Enter key on your keyboard, or launch the embedded Uninstall option. Lastly, you consider keeping your “TV” settings and press the Uninstall button when ready.

3. Close said TeamViewer 12 Uninstall wizard.

4. You may complete the “Uninstall feedback” below.

5. Restart your system. Try cleaning up residual traces if any.

You may take few steps to remove Teamviewer from your Mac, this way:

1. Hit your desktop.
2. Enter the Go folder on the menu bar.
3. Choose the Applications sub-folder as usual.
4. When you locate the app, run or open it instead.

5. Then, hit the app name in menu bar, and choose the “Preferences. ” option.

6. Head to the last tab named Advanced. Scroll down your own mouse until you locate the following Uninstall section at the bottom of that tab.
Then, you too may check the extra option “Also delete configuration files” below and, press the grey Uninstall button later.

8. From the below Confirmation window, you choose the option OK.

9. Please wait while TeamViewer uninstall is in progress.

10. Still, TeamViewer can’tl be completely uninstalled that way. You may take further actions to erase those protected remains like some .plist file in your disk.

For Linux users, you simply command the following line through Terminal:

sudo apt-get purge teamviewer

And if you’re using RedHat, CentOS, Fedora based distributions, try the below command:

yum remove teamviewer

Suse? No problem: zypper remove teamviewer

Running a Chrome OS? Please refer to the below quotation and the screenshots.

(credit: tomsguide.com)

In other words, uninstalling TeamViewer for Chrome is just that easy, if you can keep track of what you’ve installed on your Google Chrome browser.

Brief: Step-by-step beginner’s guide to installing TeamViewer on Linux. It also explains how to use TeamViewer on Linux.

TeamViewer is a remote desktop application primarily used to connect to a different system quickly and securely. It lets you remotely connect to someone’s desktop, transfer files, share screen and video conferencing.

It is extremely popular for its simplicity and ease of use. It is mainly used to provide technical support to remote computers.

It’s a cross-platform software available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, iOS and Android and there is a web browser support too. Though TeamViewer is a proprietary software, it is available free of charge for non-commercial use and offers almost everything the paid version has to offer.

TeamViewer features

  • Allows you to take a remote control of a system.
  • Supports video conferencing, group calls, desktop sharing.
  • There is a 256 bit AES session encoding and 2048 bit RSA key exchange for a secure connection.
  • Wake-on-LAN feature allows switching on your computer remotely.
  • Supports rebooting your system or servers while on the go.
  • Switching between multiple screens is easy.

Installing TeamViewer in Linux

TeamViewer provides .deb binaries for Debian and Ubuntu-based Linux distributions. It also has .rpm packages for Fedora and SUSE. There is also a tarball for other Linux distributions.

You can grab a copy of TeamViewer from the official download page:

I will be installing TeamViewer on Ubuntu so I downloaded the .deb file. You can use the graphical installer by double-clicking the downloaded package and following the subsequent instructions.

If you face dependency issues, I suggest you try installing it with GDebi package installer.

Alternatively, if you prefer the terminal way, navigate to the download folder and run the below command:

In case you are notified of installation failure due to missing dependencies, type the below command to complete the installation.

Once installed, you can open TeamViewer from the application menu or run it from the console using the command:

How to use TeamViewer on Linux to connect to other systems

Here are a few things you should know about using TeamViewer for remotely connecting to other systems:

  • Both host and target systems should have TeamViewer installed.
  • Host and target can be any supported operating systems. For example, you can use it to connect to a Windows system from your Linux system.
  • By default, each system is given an ID and a 4 digit password that is generated randomly at each start of the application.
  • If you are trying to connect to a remote system, you’ll need to know the ID and the password of the target system.
  • Similarly, if you are giving someone access to your system, you need to provide them the password and ID of your system to the remote system.
  • Both systems must be connected to the internet.
  • You are not required to create an account on TeamViewer to use it.

Now that you know a few things, let’s see how to do it:

Step 1

Start TeamViewer on both host and target systems. You’ll see the ID and password of your TeamViewer application on your screen. Similar info will be displayed on the remote system.

This is important information as it will be required to make the remote desktop connection.

An ID and Password is displaced on the screen

Step 2

For connecting to a system, both the host and target machines should have TeamViewer installed. You will need the unique ID and password of the system to which you want to connect to. Open TeamViewer and under the “Remote Control” type in the ID in Partner ID option, and click on “Connect to partner”:

Enter the ID of the target device

Quite obviously, it will ask you to enter the password of the target system.

Once you enter the correct password and hit Log On, you should be immediately connected to the target system.

Step 3

Once connected, you have the full control of the target system. I have a system running Ubuntu from which I established a remote desktop connection to another system running Elementary OS and then I ran a command there!

Connected to elementary OS from Ubuntu system

The top bar provides different options for TeamViewer. Under the Actions tab, you can find options to end the session, reboot your device or even invite additional participants.

View tab contains the most useful options. You can select the screen fit, optimize speed and quality and select the screen resolution for the target system.

Files & Extras gives you the option to take a screenshot or record a session. You can share a file between the two system via drag and drop or using the file manager.

Do more with TeamViewer

There are ways to optimize your TeamViewer experience. Let’s see some of them.

1. Using TeamViewer account for easy access

TeamViewer provides an ID and password which can be used to take control of your system. However, signing up for a free user lets you store these credentials, and quickly connect to a system without the hassle of typing it every time.

2. Recording a session

You can always record a TeamViewer session for a later access or for the records. Once you are connected to TeamViewer, navigate to Extras in the Toolbar and you will find the option to start, pause and stop recording. Once a recording is done, you are prompted to save it.

3. Multiple Sessions support

TeamViewer supports multiple sessions simultaneously, you can take control of a second system without being disconnected from the first one. Click on the + sign in the top left corner to add another machine. For IT support people, this can be very useful.

4. Easy file transfer

You can share a file by selecting File Transfer from the TeamViewer toolbar. You can either select the file which you want to share, or drag and drop a file using option File box. This is important since you can push an application to the target machine and install it without having a physical access.

5. Manage Visual Settings

Visual Settings options lets you optimize your connection to the target machine by giving you options to choose the Quality, Scaling, Screen resolution. It can be accessed via View option. In case there is a lag, you could select Optimize speed under Quality options, or disable GUI animations.

6. Connect with a smartphone

TeamViewer app is available for iOS, Android and Windows 10 Mobile which can help you take a look at your system anywhere, anytime. This lets me access my system and check if some downloads are completed, or even change the music track without reaching out to my system.

I tried taking a control of my system with my Phone and it worked like a charm.

Final Words on TeamViewer

TeamViewer is a great tool when it comes to getting control of someone’s system for troubleshooting or monitoring your own system with your mobile handset. And since it is available for almost every platform, there’s always a way around to help someone by connecting to their system.

Are you a TeamViewer user? What other tools do you use for remote desktop connection in Linux? Let us know in the comments how it helps you!

If you are not a regular user of TeamViewer then we can run it from portable USB Drive or internal hard disk on Ubuntu Linux without installing using the graphical user interface or command line terminal.

TeamViewer is a very familiar software that most of have used at some point of time to connect remote desktop or laptop. It is very useful in the tech industry to provide support to customers, if on-site help wouldn’t possible or the problem can be resolved remotely. Apart from a remote maintenance software, Teamviewer also comes with remote screen sharing, video conferences, chats, and VoIP phone calls facilities to carry out under Windows, Linux, and macOS.

However, here we are going to talk about the TeamViewer portable version for Linux systems such as Ubuntu, Debian, CentOS, Linux Mint, RedHat and more… The developers of this software provide a compressed file in the TAR format that can easily be extracted and placed in either PenDrive or system’s hard disk. This helps in using the Temaviewer on Linux but without installing it actually on the PC or laptop.

Let’s see the steps to use the portable Temaviewer version on Linux systems.

Download TeanViewer portable Linux version

First, we need to download the files that is available on the official TeamViewer website for Linux Distros. As we know apart form Ubuntu and Debian, there are many other flavours of Linux distros those are not offcially supported by the TeamViewer on such OS this version will be perfect one to use.

On the Download webpage, meant for Linux files, scroll down and get either 32-bit or 64-bit as per your system. Well, most of the modern systems are running on 64-bit processor thus, here we download the same.

How to install and use teamviewer on linux

Extract file on your Linux system

By default whatever we download using the web browser will go to the Downloads folder, thus open it. There you will see the Teamviewer Archive file, right click and select the “Open with Archive Manager” option.

How to install and use teamviewer on linux

Click on the Extract button to decompress the file.

How to install and use teamviewer on linux

Run Team Viewer

You will see the extracted folder, that we can also move to Pen Drive, to run on any popular Linux operating system. So, open this folder.

How to install and use teamviewer on linux

Double Click on the Teaviewer executable file and you will get the pop-up for Accepting terms and conditons.

How to install and use teamviewer on linux How to install and use teamviewer on linux

Now, Finally our remote application is ready to access any remote computer running with TeamViewer.