Forwarding X over SSH in 3 simple steps

  1. sudo vim /etc/ssh/sshd_config and make sure X11Forwarding is set to yes on the box you are ssh’ing too.
  2. ssh -v -X -C xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx  (-X specifies X forwarding, -C specifies compression, -v is verbose).
  3. Once logged in, simply execute xinit if it’s not already running on that box, and then fire off the name of your application.  Examples:
    1. gnome-session (will start GNOME)
    2. startkde (will start KDE)
    3. firefox (will forward Firefox to your machine)

Via TuxTraining.

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