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Xming - Manage graphical Linux apps from a Windows system

1. About Xming

Xming is an open source X-Windows terminal emulator (X Server) that runs on Microsoft Windows computers. Xming allows the Windows machines to display a graphical linux program which is basically running on a remote Linux server. Above the basic installation steps, this article demonstrates how to secure an X-Window session using Xming with PuTTY SSH Client.

2. Prerequisites

The "X Window System" package group must be installed on the remote CentOS server.

[root@centos7 ~]# yum groupinstall "X Window System" -y 

The X Window System uses a client-server architecture. The X server listens for connections from X client applications via a network or local loopback interface. The server communicates with the hardware, such as the video card, monitor, keyboard, and mouse. X client applications exist in the user-space, creating a graphical user interface for the user and passing user requests to the X server.

3. Installation

The Xming Installer is suitable for Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP Desktops as well as Windows Server 2012/2008/2003.



Your Windows desktop is now equipped to display X11-based graphical applications remotely.

4. How to use Xming

After a successful installation, your Windows machine should have an Xming desktop icon. Double-clicking this will start the X11 server and allow you to use this machine as an X Server. When the X11 server is running an "X" icon appears in your taskbar.


Use "xeyes", "xterm" or other graphical applications (xorg-x11-apps) for testing X11 forwarding.

[root@centos7 ~]# yum install xeyes -y 

[root@centos7 ~]# xeyes 

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