Is there a way to use RDP from Windows machine into my mac?

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by dokindo, Jan 8, 2015.

  1. dokindo macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2009
    My work computer is a windows PC and I was able to use remote desktop over the internet to access my home PC (using port forwarding and dyndns).

    I've now switched my home pc to a mac, and I would like to be able to still access the home computer from work.

    I am unable to install any software on the work PC.

    Anything possible here?
  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    Mac OS X does not have a Remote Desktop server that works with Windows. You would have to use a VNC solution, but that would require installing a client on your work machine.
  3. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    As the poster above said, VNC would work if you could install a VNC client. You could also boot into bootcamp or use parallels/vmware to get windows running on your mac for remote access purposes. You would only be able to access windows environment, though.
  4. jimholcomb macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2014
    Cary, NC
    I use Chrome RDP and it works great from my Win7 pc to my Yosemite Mac.


    ... and no port forwarding is required.
  5. dokindo thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2009
    Thank you all for the suggestions, including letting me know OSX doesn't have a server that works with windows rdp.

    VNC is unfortunately out since I will not be able install the client software.

    RDP into bootcamp is a good idea. I already have a windows license from the old computer, and I need file access primarily. I would just need to reboot into bootcamp before going to work, which is not a big deal.

    Chrome remote desktop may be perfect. We somehow got the IT group to install chrome on the work PC. I just hope the PC will allow the chrome rdp app/extension to be installed.

    Thank you again!
  6. Pushpaw, Jan 9, 2015
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2015

    Pushpaw macrumors newbie

    Jan 9, 2015

    Just wanted to add a note listing Teamviewer as an option. It is free for non-commercial use and I use it to remote into my mac at home from a windows machine at work. You would need to install it on the mac, but they make a portable app version for windows that does not require installation.

    I don't work for or have any affiliation with Teamviewer. I have just been a happy user of their free version for years now.
  7. RV-ABZ macrumors 6502

    Apr 11, 2013
    +1, TeamViewer is probably by far the best solution today. It even includes instant messaging + audio + video features. All that for free!
  8. hiddenmarkov macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2014
    what are you needing to do on the mac os remotely?

    Is it something that can be handled via cli and then you could just ssh in (via say putty or terminal emulator of choice)?

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