Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Enable VNC Server in Mac OS X

This is so easy I can't believe it's taken me this long to find it.  This works for Snow Leopard and Lion as far as I know, though I've only tested it on Lion.

Go this route:
  • System Preferences
  • Sharing
  • Choose "Screen Sharing" and check the box to turn it on
  • Click "Computer Settings..."
  • Enable the "VNC views may control screen with password:" option and give it a password.  Password length is limited to 8 characters.
Now you can connect to and control your Mac from your favorite VNC application, including free versions like Mocha VNC (Lite) for iPhone or Chicken of the VNC for Mac.  I personally use Mocha VNC and it is a very good VNC app for my casual use.  It is surprisingly fast over my home network Wireless-G iPhone 3GS to Gigabit-connected early-2007 iMac, and it works perfect with my iMac's dual monitor setup.  It's the best Spotify "remote" I've found yet.

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