Remote Desktop Connection for Raspberry Pi

For remote GUI access to the Raspberry PI we need RDP.

Start by connecting via SSH (ssh -l pi raspberrypi) or directly in a Terminal window and install as follows:

sudo apt-get install xrdp

Start the service

sudo service xrdp start

You may now easily access the Raspberry Pi from a Windows PC using “Remote Desktop Connection” (mstsc.exe). You may use the hostname (raspberrypi by default) or the IP address (found using ifconfig)


remote Desktop Connection to Raspberry Pi


Initial RDP Login to the Raspberry Pi. Username pi, password raspberry
Established Remote Desktop session to Raspberry Pi from Windows 10


This works on Raspbian (July 2016):

pi@raspberrypi:~ $ uname -a
Linux raspberrypi 4.4.13-v7+ #894 SMP Mon Jun 13 13:13:27 BST 2016 armv7l GNU/Linux

pi@raspberrypi:~ $ cat /proc/version
Linux version 4.4.13-v7+ (dc4@dc4-XPS13-9333) (gcc version 4.9.3 (crosstool-NG crosstool-ng-1.22.0-88-g8460611) ) #894 SMP Mon Jun 13 13:13:27 BST 2016