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1. Introduction

This mini-HOWTO is a guide how to do remote X applications. It was written for several reasons.

  1. Many questions have appeared on usenet on how to run a remote X application.
  2. I see many, many hints of ``use xhost +hostname'' or even ``xhost +'' to allow X connections. This is ridiculously insecure, and there are better methods.
  3. I do not know of a simple document that describes the options you do have. Please inform me if you know more.

This document has been written with unix-like systems in mind. If either your local or remote operating system are of another flavour, you may find here how things work. However, you will have to translate examples yourself to apply to your own system(s).

The most recent version of this document is always available on WWW at It is also available as the Linux Remote X Apps mini-HOWTO at Linux (mini-)HOWTOs are available by http or ftp from

This is version 0.7.3. No guarantees, only good intentions. I'm open to suggestions, ideas, additions, useful pointers, (typo) corrections, etc... I want this to remain a simple readable document, though, in the best-meant HOWTO style. Flames to /dev/null.

Contents last updated on 4 January 2001 by Vincent Zweije

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