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NoMachine for Everybody

More freedom to the desktop

Getting started with NoMachine

Do you need to get remote access to a computer that is on your same local or private network? Perhaps you need to provide remote support to a colleague, or collaborate on a desktop session of another user? Even when you're on a home network or WIFI, having to move to a particular device on the other side of the house can be annoying. Read on to know how to use NoMachine to access your Mac, Windows and Linux desktops.

If, on the other hand, you want to access your home or office computer over the internet, jump to the instructions here.

Using NoMachine for remote access to a computer on a local network

Install NoMachine on the first computer

  • Download the NoMachine package for your operating system to the computer that you want to control remotely.
  • After completing the download, launch the installer.
  • Accept the license agreement and click Next and wait while Setup completes the installation.
  • To be able to connect to this computer from remote you need to have a user account for this PC/Mac (username and password). You also need to know its IP address. There are two ways you can check the IP address. (i) Open NoMachine from the programs or applications menu. A Welcome panel will publish the local IP address of the computer on which you have installed the software (Fig. 1). Or (ii) click on the !M icon (the NoMachine Monitor) which is visible in the computer's system tray. Click on 'Show the Server Status' (Fig. 2).
  • Make a note of this IP address. You will need it in the next phase when you are ready to connect to this computer.
Image of computer's IP address in the NoMachine welcome panel

Fig. 1 - The first Welcome panel will show the computer's local IP address

Image of NoMachine Server Status showing computer's IP address

Fig. 2 - The IP address can also be checked in NoMachine Server Status accessible from the NoMachine monitor (!M) in the system tray
in the system tray

  • You can now close the NoMachine application.

Install NoMachine on the second computer

  • Now go to your second computer, the computer that you want to connect from.
  • Download and install NoMachine per the steps above.

Remotely connect to one computer from the other

Step 1: Start your first connection

  • Make sure you are sitting at the computer you want to connect from and open NoMachine from the Programs/Applications menu. Click 'OK' to go past the Welcome panel in Fig. 1. The next panel is the ‘Machines’ panel (Fig. 3).
  • It is here where you can create a new connection or if you have already used NoMachine in the past, any available computers on your network, or connections you created appear here. All NoMachine-enabled computers on the same network are also advertized here. You can filter out entries by inserting the IP address or user name in the 'Search machines' field.
  • Click Add to configure your connection and insert the IP address you noted down earlier in the field ‘Host’ (Fig. 4). You can also provide a memorable name for the connection. This connection name is shown in the Machines panel.
Remote access connection UI showing no computers are available on LAN

Fig. 3 - No computers were found on the local network. Select 'Add' or 'Click here to create a connection'

Image of NoMachine's Add connection panel to configure a remote access connection

Fig. 4 - To add a connection insert the IP address you wrote down earlier in Host. Provide a memorable name for your connection

 

  • If you’re an advanced NoMachine user and need to connect with a private key, smartcard authentication or other authentication means, this can be changed in Configuration.
  • Click ‘Connect’ to start the connection. Or you can click the back arrow to go back to the Machines panel.
  • If you are in the Machines panel, double click to start the connection (Fig. 5). Now proceed to Step 2.
Image of Machines panel in NoMachine remote access software

Fig. 5 - If you are in the Machines panel, double-click on a computer in the list

Step 2: Log in to the remote computer

  • You will be prompted to log in. Use the credentials for your user account on the remote computer.
  • Click 'Login' and wait a few more seconds while NoMachine connects you to your remote desktop.
Image of logging in panel with remote account credentials of the remote computer

Fig. 6 - Insert the credentials of your remote account

Step 3: You are connected!

  • Congratulations! Your remote desktop is now at your fingertips.
  • You can now control your remote Windows, Mac or Linux desktop, open and edit files to work on documents, browse the internet, listen to your playlist, watch films, transfer some files and more.
Remote desktop accessed via NoMachine

Fig. 7 - You are in, enjoy!

Using NoMachine for remote access to a computer over the internet

Install NoMachine on the first computer

  • Download the NoMachine package for your operating system to the computer that you want to control remotely.
  • After completing the download, launch the installer.
  • Accept the license agreement and click Next and wait while Setup completes the installation.
  • To connect to this computer over the internet you need to know its IP address and port number. You also need to have user account credentials. A username and password are needed when you connect to this PC from remote. There are two ways you can check the IP address.(i) Open NoMachine from the programs or applications menu. A Welcome panel will publish the IP address and port number of the computer on which you have installed the software (Fig. 8). Or (ii) click on the !M icon (the NoMachine Monitor) which is visible in the computer's system tray. Click on 'Show server status' (Fig. 9).
  • NoMachine displays it like this: nx://151.1.192.128:29382. Write this information down. If a port number is not displayed next to the external IP, NoMachine has detected that you don't need it in the next phase.

 

TIP: If your computer's public IP is not displayed, it is likely you'll need to manually configure your router (port-mapping) so that the NoMachine server can be reached over the Internet.

Fig. 8 - The first time you connect your computer's public IP address is displayed in the main window

Fig. 9 - You can also check the computer’s IP address in NoMachine Server Status via the Monitor (!M) from the system tray

Install NoMachine on the second computer

  • Now go to your second computer, the computer that you want to connect from.
  • Download and install NoMachine per the steps above.

Remotely connect to one computer from the other

Step 1: Start your first connection

  • Make sure you are sitting at the computer you want to connect from and open NoMachine from the Programs/Applications menu. Click 'OK' to go past the Welcome panel in Fig. 8. The next panel is the 'Machines' panel (Fig. 10).
  • Here you can create a new connection. If you have already used NoMachine in the past, any available connections you created appear here. You can filter out entries by inserting the IP address or hostname in the 'Search machines' field.
  • Click Add to configure your connection and insert the IP address and port information, which you noted down earlier, in the field ‘Host’ and 'Port'. You can also provide a memorable name for the connection. This connection name will show up in the Machines panel.

Fig. 10 - Select 'Add' or to create your first connection or 'Click here to create a connection'

Fig. 11 - To add a connection you need to insert the IP address and port you wrote down earlier

  • If you’re an advanced NoMachine user and need to connect with a private key, smartcard authentication or other authentication means, this can be changed in Configuration.
  • Click 'Connect' or click the back arrow to go back to the Machines panel. Now go to Step 2.

Fig. 12 - If you are in the Machines panel, double-click on a computer in the list

Step 2: Log in to the remote computer

  • You will be prompted to log in using the credentials for your account on the remote host.
  • Click 'Login' and wait a few more seconds while NoMachine connects you to your remote desktop.

Fig. 13 - Insert the credentials of your remote account

Step 3: You are connected!

  • Congratulations! Your remote desktop is now at your fingertips.
  • You can now control your remote Windows, Mac or Linux desktop, open and edit files to work on documents, browse the internet, listen to your playlist, watch films, transfer some files and more.

Fig. 14 - You are in, enjoy!