NoMachine for the People

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 OS 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.
  • Open NoMachine from the programs or applications menu. You will see that NoMachine publishes the local IP address of the computer on which you have installed the software. This IP address will be detected in the next stage when you connect to this computer from another device (NoMachine can detect all NoMachine-enabled computers on the same network which are available for access). If, on the other hand, you want to configure your connection manually, make a note of this IP address.
Fig. 1 - The first Welcome panel will show the computer's local IP address
  • 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 Progams/Applications menu. Click 'Continue' to go past the Welcome panel in Fig. 1.
  • The next panel will present you with a choice to either 'Create a new connection' using a guided approach (Fig. 2), or you can select 'Continue' to see the list of NoMachine hosts already available on the network (LAN only).
Fig. 2 - Select Continue to skip the wizard
Fig. 3 - Select the Connection Wizard to be guided through creating a new connection
Fig. 4 - To use the wizard you will need to insert the IP address you wrote down earlier in Host
  • Skipping the Connection Wizard will take you to 'Recent connections' (Fig. 5). All NoMachine-enabled computers on the same network are advertized here. Additionally, if you have already used NoMachine in the past, any connections you created will also appear here. You can filter them by inserting the IP address or user name in the space available.
  • There are two ways to start a connection: i) double tap on one of the NoMachine hosts in the list, or ii) if there no hosts in the list, use the Quick Connect by inserting the IP address you noted earlier like this: 192.168.2.23 in the 'Find a user or a desktop' field.
  • Tap Connect. Now proceed to Step 2.
Fig. 5 - Double-click on a computer in the list or enter the IP address in the 'Find a user or a desktop' field


Step 2: Log in to the remote computer
  • You will be prompted to log in using the credentials for your account on the remote computer. Use your usual account credentials.
  • Click OK and wait a few more seconds while NoMachine connects you to your remote desktop.
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.
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 OS 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.
  • Open NoMachine from the programs or applications menu. If you want to connect to this computer over the Internet, you will need to know its external IP address and its port number. NoMachine will detect this for you and will display it, like this: nx://151.1.192.128:29382 (Fig.8). 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.
Fig. 8 - Your computer's public IP address will be displayed

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 Progams/Applications menu. Click 'Continue' to go past the Welcome panel in Fig. 8.
  • The next panel will present you with a choice to 'Create a new connection' using a guided approach (Fig. 9) or you can skip this wizard by clicking 'Continue'.
Fig. 9 - Select Continue to skip the wizard
Fig. 10 - Select the Connection Wizard to be guided through creating a new connection
Fig. 11 - To use the wizard you will need to insert the IP address and port you wrote down earlier
  • If you decided to not use the wizard, you will be taken to the Recent connections panel. Insert the IP address and port number (Fig. 12) you noted down earlier in the Quick Connect field like this: 151.1.192.128:29382. Hit Enter on the keyboard and wait a few seconds while NoMachine finds your computer. Now go to Step 2.
Fig. 12 - Insert your public IP address:Port and hit 'Enter' on your keyboard


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 OK 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!