Install Xrdp on Fedora 36

This article will take you through how to install Xrdp on Fedora 36. A non-Microsoft Windows operating system (such as Linux and BSD-style operating systems) can now offer a fully functional RDP-compatible remote desktop experience thanks to the free and open-source xrdp implementation of the Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) server. It functions by sending client-side controls back to the X Window Server and bridging visuals from the X Window System to the client.

How to Install Xrdp on Fedora 36

  • Xrdp needs a desktop environment so as to operate, in case you are using Fedora server install KDE desktop environment using the command below.
sudo dnf install @kde-desktop-environment
  • Feel free to check other desktop environments using the following command. For Fedora workstation users skip to the next step.
sudo dnf grouplist -v 
  • Install Xdrp on Fedora 36.
sudo dnf install xrdp -y

Sample output

Last metadata expiration check: 0:04:54 ago on Thu 30 Jun 2022 08:52:05 AM EAT.
Dependencies resolved.
 Package            Architecture Version                  Repository     Size
 xrdp               x86_64       1:0.9.19-1.fc36          fedora        460 k
Installing dependencies:
 imlib2             x86_64       1.7.4-2.fc36             fedora        234 k
 openssl            x86_64       1:3.0.3-1.fc36           updates       1.1 M
Installing weak dependencies:
 xrdp-selinux       x86_64       1:0.9.19-1.fc36          fedora         13 k

Transaction Summary
Install  4 Packages

Total download size: 1.8 M
Installed size: 4.8 M
Downloading Packages:
(1/4): xrdp-selinux-0.9.19-1.fc36.x86_64.rpm   77 kB/s |  13 kB     00:00    
(2/4): imlib2-1.7.4-2.fc36.x86_64.rpm         173 kB/s | 234 kB     00:01    
(3/4): xrdp-0.9.19-1.fc36.x86_64.rpm          148 kB/s | 460 kB     00:03    
(4/4): openssl-3.0.3-1.fc36.x86_64.rpm        296 kB/s | 1.1 MB     00:03    
Total                                         230 kB/s | 1.8 MB     00:08     
Running transaction check
Transaction check succeeded.
Running transaction test
Transaction test succeeded.
Running transaction
  Preparing        :                                                      1/1 
  Installing       : imlib2-1.7.4-2.fc36.x86_64                           1/4 
  Installing       : xrdp-selinux-1:0.9.19-1.fc36.x86_64                  2/4 
  Running scriptlet: xrdp-selinux-1:0.9.19-1.fc36.x86_64                  2/4 
  Installing       : xrdp-1:0.9.19-1.fc36.x86_64                          3/4 
  Running scriptlet: xrdp-1:0.9.19-1.fc36.x86_64                          3/4 
  Installing       : openssl-1:3.0.3-1.fc36.x86_64                        4/4 
  Running scriptlet: xrdp-1:0.9.19-1.fc36.x86_64                          4/4 
  Running scriptlet: openssl-1:3.0.3-1.fc36.x86_64                        4/4 
  Verifying        : imlib2-1.7.4-2.fc36.x86_64                           1/4 
  Verifying        : xrdp-1:0.9.19-1.fc36.x86_64                          2/4 
  Verifying        : xrdp-selinux-1:0.9.19-1.fc36.x86_64                  3/4 
  Verifying        : openssl-1:3.0.3-1.fc36.x86_64                        4/4 

  imlib2-1.7.4-2.fc36.x86_64        openssl-1:3.0.3-1.fc36.x86_64            
  xrdp-1:0.9.19-1.fc36.x86_64       xrdp-selinux-1:0.9.19-1.fc36.x86_64      

  • Next, enable Xrdp to start on boot.
sudo systemctl enable xrdp 
  • Then start it.
sudo systemctl start xrdp
  • Xrdp should be up and running, check the status using the following command.
sudo systemctl status xrdp 

Sample output

● xrdp.service - xrdp daemon
     Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/xrdp.service; enabled; vendor preset: disabled)
     Active: active (running) since Thu 2022-06-30 09:00:29 EAT; 46s ago
       Docs: man:xrdp(8)
   Main PID: 4683 (xrdp)
      Tasks: 1 (limit: 4612)
     Memory: 1.4M
        CPU: 13ms
     CGroup: /system.slice/xrdp.service
             └─ 4683 /usr/sbin/xrdp --nodaemon

Jun 30 09:00:29 fedora systemd[1]: Started xrdp.service - xrdp daemon.
Jun 30 09:00:29 fedora xrdp[4683]: [INFO ] starting xrdp with pid 4683
Jun 30 09:00:29 fedora xrdp[4683]: [INFO ] address [] port [3389] mode 1
Jun 30 09:00:29 fedora xrdp[4683]: [INFO ] listening to port 3389 on
Jun 30 09:00:29 fedora xrdp[4683]: [INFO ] xrdp_listen_pp done
  • Allow Xrdp on the firewall, by default it uses port 3389.
sudo firewall-cmd --permanent --add-port=3389/tcp 
  • Reload the firewall to apply changes.
sudo firewall-cmd --reload 

Connect to Fedora 36 Xrdp

  • On a Windows computer, open the remote desktop connection by searching mstsc on the start menu. Then enter your Fedora IP as shown below.
Install Xrdp on Fedora 36
Install Xrdp on Fedora 36
  • Click yes to confirm the connection.
Install Xrdp on Fedora 36
Install Xrdp on Fedora 36
  • Next, input your Fedora credentials then click the OK button to initiate the connection. Note, you need to log out from your Fedora machine to avoid a black blank screen.
Install Xrdp on Fedora 36
Install Xrdp on Fedora 36
  • You will be able to interact with Fedora 36 after your connection is successful.
Install Xrdp on Fedora 36
Install Xrdp on Fedora 36
  • That marks the end of our article, Cheers! We have gone through how to install Xrdp on Fedora 36.

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