X forwarding lets X programs executed remotely to be displayed locally.

Enabling X Forwarding[edit]

Using OpenSSH, use the -X argument when connecting via ssh. Eg:

ssh -X user@remote

Issues[edit]

root@smallbook:/home/leo# ssh -X 10.1.1.113
root@10.1.1.113's password: 
X11 forwarding request failed on channel 0
Last login: Thu Nov 12 02:51:10 2015 from 10.1.1.99
[root@nas ~]# vmware
DISPLAY is not set, unable to open the VMware Workstation user interface.

The remote host must have the xorg-x11-xauth package installed in order for X forwarding to work.


See Also[edit]