How To Install And Use FernApp Server On Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Debian, Elementary OS And Pear OS

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, FernApp Server is an open source application, that allows the users to access some services/applications from your Ubuntu/Debian system from a remote host. It behaves a little similar to Teamviewer, but the user can only access the service/app “made accessible” on the host machine. The latest version available is FernApp Server 0.5.

how to install FernApp Server 0.5 on Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Debian, Elementary OS, Pear OS

In this article I will show you how to install FernApp Server 0.5 on Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Debian, Elementary OS, Pear OS and other Debian/Ubuntu derivates that use X.org as the default display server.

There is no repository for FernApp Server, but we can easily install download it from the official site, extract the archive and run the installation script, after we install all the needed dependencies, first. Follow the above instruction, in order to get a successful installation of FernApp Server 0.5 on Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Debian, Elementary OS and Pear OS:

Install the dependencies:

$ sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jre unzip xvfb libxcomposite1 libxdamage1 x11-xkb-utils gnome-themes-standard xfonts-100dpi xfonts-75dpi xfonts-scalable xfonts-cyrillic
$ sudo apt-get install gnome-themes-standard xfonts-100dpi xfonts-75dpi xfonts-scalable xfonts-cyrillic

Download FernApp Server 0.5 and extract the archive:

$ wget -c https://bitbucket.org/MarkusKramer/fernapp/downloads/fernapp-server-0.5.0-bin.tar.gz
$ tar -xzvf fernapp-server-0.5.0-bin.tar.gz

To make an application accessible remote, exec the script followed by the name of the app. As an example I will use LibreOffice:

$ cd fernapp
$ sudo chmod +x fernapp-server.sh
$ ./fernapp-server.sh libreoffice

This is it. Replace libreoffice with the app you want to be accessed remote. To access it, paste this link in your browser:  http://localhost:8080/index.html

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