Unable to view GUI on virtual private server

Hi, I have purchased a virtual private server and installed Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on it. I have tried to install a GUI but no matter what I do i cant seem to access anything other than the command line. I am connecting to it using Putty SSH.

Can anyone help explain to me how to open a session viewing the GUI please? thanks

Hi Jon,

Welcome to our forums.

To set up remove graphical access you can follow our VNC server setup guide for Ubuntu 18.04. Since the server is on the open Internet, I’d highly suggest to use secured connection, also covered in the guide.

Alternatively you could use xming and the PUTTY client to run graphical programs trough your ssh session, which is already a secured connection.


I’ve edited my original post as it was pointing to a misleading guide.

Sorry for the mistake.