Introduction: How to Access Beaglebone Via VNC

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Here is a simple way to access the desktop of your Beaglebone through VNC, a software which allows you to see other desktops without actually having to plug in a monitor. This is intended to be as simple and straightforward as possible.

First, you shall need the following items:

Beaglebone Black /w PC cable

Ethernet cable

PC running Windows

Step 1: Update

After booting up the board, open up the command terminal via a monitor or SSH and type:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

Make sure you plug in the Ethernet cable to get Internet to the Beaglebone.

Step 2: Install VNC

Now, still in the terminal, type:

sudo apt-get install tightvncserver

tightvncserver (when it asks you to make a password, make one up)

On your PC, go to and download the software.

Step 3: Viewing the Beaglebone's Desktop

Open up TightVNC viewer on you PC and in the field which says "remote host", type in and enter:

The "" part is the default IP address for the Beaglebone. and the ":1" is the port.

If you want to stop vncserver on the Beaglebone, type:

vncserver -kill :1