Best VNC viewer for Mac OS X

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by godbout, Feb 24, 2006.

  1. macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2005
    Montreal, Canada
    I was wondering what everyone uses as a VNC viewer. I have been looking for one, but I have not found one that I really like that works well with tiger. Can one help! Thanks!!
  2. Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
  3. tag
    macrumors 6502a


    Apr 29, 2005
    PA, US
    The best one I've found to date and has worked great for me is Chicken of the VNC. Plus its free so can't beat that. :D

    Edit: just beaten to the punch :)
  4. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2005
    Montreal, Canada
    Thanks Guys!!! This is why I love Mac Rumors!!! I will give it a try.
  5. macrumors member


    Feb 21, 2006
    Sunderland, MA
    restone's vnc* is not too shabby, some of the features I like are that:

    -you can config a startup server
    -you can make it so you have to tunnel through with ssh to get access
    -if it crashes it will restart itself

    also best of all, it comes as a universal binary!

    I haven't used chicken of the vnc, I'll check it

  6. tag
    macrumors 6502a


    Apr 29, 2005
    PA, US
    Thats not a viewer thats just a server right? Oh and Chicken of the VNC is UB as well as of the newest update.
  7. macrumors 68000

    Oct 8, 2003
    The thread starter wanted a VNC viewer, not a server, although OSXvnc is a great server.

    I'd go for Chicken of the VNC as well, but it's not that great as it lacks some of the more advanced features of VNC clients on other OSs, i.e. TightVNC support, JPEG compression (great for low bandwidth connections) and the ability to scale the image down (great for viewing large screens on a laptop).

    Still, its the best available on OSX AFAIK, unless you want to run the VNC viewer under X11.
  8. macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    That's 'just" the open source OSXVnc server from sourceforge. I'm not arguing that it's a bad product but it's a VNC server and the OP wanted a viewer. I concur with Chicken of the VNC for a viewer.
  9. macrumors member


    Feb 21, 2006
    Sunderland, MA
    yeah sorry I guess I didn't pay attention or something
  10. macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2009
  11. macrumors newbie


    Jan 19, 2009
    Sorry for the massive bump but I'm looking for a VNC viewer as well. I like Chicken of the VNC, but my only problem with it is it won't auto-fit the display into my screen... So when I'm viewing a remote screen larger than my 13" Macbook, it becomes kind of a pain. Is there a VNC viewer that can do this on OS X?
  12. macrumors 6502

    Oct 28, 2008
    I use JollyFastVNC. works well for me :)

    not sure what you mean fit to screen. But I don't have much of a problem with it on my 13" macbook with the "zoom"
  13. macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2005

    This is awesome. I've used Chicken of the VNC and JollysfastVNC but have two main issues with them both - the hassle of having to forward ports and the speed - on a fast connection, directly working on a remote machine is painful - far too much lag. So I used Cyberduck to send files to myself before working locally and re-sending back to the remote machine.

    Then per chance, I stumbled upon Compared to the other two, it screams! I can work full screen, directly on my work iMac from my home iMac and, apart from *slight* lag and the fact that I'm working in 8-bit colour, it's brilliant. It even recognises 2-screen systems.

    I use the free version which just enables direct contact, but there are paid for versions which add direct clipboard access and other premium items I don't really need.
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    Aug 3, 2009
  15. macrumors newbie

    Dec 2, 2008
    Apple oder Teamviewer

    Apple has a very good VNC Client and Server directly integrated into OS X. The Viewer can be found on this path: /System/Library/CoreServices/Screen\ You can enable the server in Sharing Preferences Pane, either on Screen Sharing or Remote Management.

    But if you want an easy way to access your buddys desktop, then I would suggest

    Greetz Kw4nta
  16. macrumors regular

    Jan 29, 2010
    Thanks for the info on Screen Is there a way to send special characters (e.g. alt-ctl-del)?
  17. macrumors newbie

    Mar 12, 2010
    Any updated versions? 10.6 built in viewer is nice but its slow and missing a lot if you work with windows computers. All my windows comps are 1920x1080 and my laptop is only 1440x900 so i need the scaling the built in viewer offers.

    I wish UltraVNC would make a mac port of at lest the viewer..

    Does anyone know of any alternatives that have been updated in the last decade?

    Edit: Found that RealVNC has a mac version and the viewer appears to be free
  18. macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2010
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    Dec 23, 2010
  20. macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2006
    My complaint with RealVNC is that it doesn't (as of Dec 2010) automagically find bonjour clients on the network, so I have to know the IP address, which is the pain that I gave up by using DHCP + Bonjour.

    Also, RealVNC is not technically free. Neither is Jolly's, actually - both companies want you to license it.

    Chicken has issues under SL and crashes randomly, so I cannot recommend it.
  21. MongoNZ, Dec 28, 2010
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2010

    macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2010
    Does anyone use a VNC viewer from outside the local network? I want to be able to access my home computer using my iPad and 3G.

    It looks like I can use Real VNC Enterprise edition, but thats $50 odd to buy.

    Anyone know of other options?

  22. macrumors member

    Jul 25, 2002
    Chicago, IL
    I do. I use Mocha VNC Lite on my iPad and iPhone. Simple, free, but gets the job done. Make sure you have port 5900 mapped if you use a router.
  23. macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2008
    JollysFastVNC is rather good

    I'm glad I came across this discussion. Chicken of the VNC is good, but a bit long in the tooth, so I tried out JollysFastVNC. While I don't get the performance shown in the video on the site (I guess that's a pretty optimal situation) it's still a huge improvement over CotVNC.

    CotVNC is free, which makes it a pretty unbeatable price:performance ratio, but €7.99 is worth it for the speed I get from JollysFastVNC.

    Thanks for suggesting it! :)
  24. macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2010
    VNCViewer is the only program that works with the server I am trying to connect to. Neither Chicken of the VNC, nor JollysFast, nor the Mac OS VNC connection worked for me. These give a message - Cannot Connect - but VNCViewer works perfectly. I downloaded the Enterprise Version for which you need a trial license key - but as it is the only thing that works for me, the money to buy it is a must!
  25. macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    There's also "Chicken", which is a current fork of "Chicken of the VNC". I jump between it and JollysFastVNC

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