tigervnc and ubuntu 18.04

# yum -y install tigervnc tigervnc-server
# firewall-cmd --permanent --zone=public --add-port=5901/tcp 
# firewall-cmd --reload
cat .vnc/xstartup
xrdb $HOME/.Xresources
xsetroot -solid grey
autocutsel -fork
startxfce4 &

Running VNC as a System Service

Next, we’ll set up the VNC server as a systemd service so we can start, stop, and restart it as needed, like any other service. This will also ensure that VNC starts up when your server reboots.

First, create a new unit file called /etc/systemd/system/vncserver@.service using your favorite text editor:

sudo nano /etc/systemd/system/vncserver@.service

The @ symbol at the end of the name will let us pass in an argument we can use in the service configuration. We’ll use this to specify the VNC display port we want to use when we manage the service.

Add the following lines to the file. Be sure to change the value of UserGroupWorkingDirectory, and the username in the value of PIDFILE to match your username:

/etc/systemd/system/vncserver@.service [Unit]
Description=Start TightVNC server at startup
After=syslog.target network.target


ExecStartPre=-/usr/bin/vncserver -kill :%i > /dev/null 2>&1
ExecStart=/usr/bin/vncserver -depth 24 -geometry 1280x800 :%i
ExecStop=/usr/bin/vncserver -kill :%i


The ExecStartPre command stops VNC if it’s already running. The ExecStart command starts VNC and sets the color depth to 24-bit color with a resolution of 1280×800. You can modify these startup options as well to meet your needs.

Save and close the file.

Next, make the system aware of the new unit file.

sudo systemctl daemon-reload

Enable the unit file.

sudo systemctl enable vncserver@1.service

The 1 following the @ sign signifies which display number the service should appear over, in this case the default :1 as was discussed in Step 2..

Stop the current instance of the VNC server if it’s still running.

vncserver -kill :1

Then start it as you would start any other systemd service.

sudo systemctl start vncserver@1

You can verify that it started with this command:

sudo systemctl status vncserver@1

If it started correctly, the output should look like this:

Output● vncserver@1.service - Start TightVNC server at startup
   Loaded: loaded (/etc/systemd/system/vncserver@.service; indirect; vendor preset: enabled)
   Active: active (running) since Mon 2018-07-09 18:13:53 UTC; 2min 14s ago
  Process: 22322 ExecStart=/usr/bin/vncserver -depth 24 -geometry 1280x800 :1 (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
  Process: 22316 ExecStartPre=/usr/bin/vncserver -kill :1 > /dev/null 2>&1 (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
 Main PID: 22330 (Xtightvnc)


Your VNC server will now be available when you reboot the machine.

Start your SSH tunnel again:

ssh -L 5901: -C -N -l sammy your_server_ip

Then make a new connection using your VNC client software to localhost:5901 to connect to your machine.