X11 Forwarding

Enable X11 Forwarding

There are a few changes needed on the virtual machine to enable X11 forwarding. In this tutorial we use Ubuntu 18.04 or above. Other Linux distributions will have a very similar SSH daemon configuration. The SSH daemon configuration file is located at /etc/ssh/sshd_config.

  1. Open the SSH daemon configuration file.
     $ sudo vi /etc/ssh/sshd_config
  2. Locate and uncomment or change line X11Forwarding to be X11Forwarding yes. This line allows the graphical application to be forwarded over to your computer.
     X11Forwarding yes
  3. Restart SSH daemon.
     $ service sshd restart
  4. Install a graphical application xeyes for testing.
     $ apt -y install xeyes
     $ xeyes