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Getting started with Web-based access

NoMachine Cloud Server allows you to access your remote desktop over the Web. It can be installed on Windows, Mac or Linux remote hosts. There's no need for additional software on the local machine and all you need to connect securely to the remote server is a Web browser.

You will need to check three things first:

  1. Cloud Server must be installed on the remote host. Once installed, Web access is already configured and ready to use out-of-the-box. Follow the instructions in the installation guide for more details,
  2. You will need to know the IP address or hostname of the Cloud Server.
  3. Make sure you have account credentials to log in to your desktop.

Step 1: Point your browser to the appropriate URL

Point your browser to http://serverName:4080 where serverName is either the name or IP address of the host you want to reach (Fig. 1). This address will be redirected to SSL and will appear as, for example,

Through your browser connect to a remote desktop running on NoMachine Cloud Server
Fig. 1 - Insert the complete hostname/IP address in the URL field of the browser

Step 2: Insert your account credentials

You will need credentials for an account on the remote host. Check with your Administrator what these are if you are not sure. Proceed to Step 3.

NoMachine Login to remote desktop via the browser
Fig. 2 - Insert your username and password

Step 3: Select from the available session list

Whether authenticating on a Windows, Mac or Linux server host, an available session list will appear. Selecting 'Physical display' will connect you to the physical desktop of the remote OS. In the case of Linux, and when virtual desktop sessions are enabled, you will be able to select 'New desktop', or connect to a virtual desktop session you already have running, or connect to someone else's (Fig. 3).

Select a remote connection from the list in NoMachine's Connection GUI
Fig. 3 - List of available desktop sessions

Step 4: Connect to your desktop

Rotating wheel indicates NoMachine is connecting to your remote desktop
Fig. 4 - A few moments while you are connected

Step 5: Your desktop in the browser

Congratulations! Your desktop is now accessible in the browser. Open and edit your documents, work with your applications, and transfer files if you need to.

Use the key combination Ctrl+Alt+0 or page-peel to show the NoMachine Menu to manage the session and services (Fig.7).

Remotely access a Linux desktop using NoMachine Cloud Server
Fig. 5 - Default desktop on Ubuntu
Remotely access a Mac desktop using NoMachine Cloud Server
Fig. 6 - Physical desktop on Mac
Remotely access a Windows desktop using NoMachine Cloud Server
Fig. 7 - The NoMachine Menu inside your Web session, connected to a Windows desktop