How to access Apple Remote Desktop (ARD) via VNC-over-SSH?

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by mrjayviper, Jun 29, 2014.

  1. mrjayviper macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2012

    I've done a bit of research and it seems ARD is somewhat based on VNC technology. It even has the option to allow access via VNC viewers using a password.

    I want to enable this option so I can interact with my mac pro when needed. But I'm wary of the security.

    I've use VNC-over-SSH in the past but with other OSes like FreeBSD and Linux. I'm wondering if something like this is feasible on OSX using built-in features.

    I've searched the net but didn't find what I'm looking for.

    Thanks a lot :)
  2. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    It works just like it does in other OSes:
    ssh -L someportnumberhere:localhost:5900 remotehostaddresshere
    in Finder: Go/Connect to server
    I believe if you're using Mavericks or later on both ends, that the screen sharing session is now encrypted, because in 10.8.x and earlier there was an option to encrypt the session, but that's now gone from Screen's preferences.
  3. Alrescha, Jun 29, 2014
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2014

    Alrescha macrumors 68020

    Jan 1, 2008
    If you happen to be in Terminal, you can also use open vnc://... I use it every day.

  4. mrjayviper thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2012

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