rdesktop - Remote Desktop Protocol client
rdesktop [options] server[:port]
rdesktop is a client for Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), used in a num-
ber of Microsoft products including Windows NT Terminal Server, Windows
2000 Server, Windows XP and Windows 2003 Server.
Username for authentication on the server.
Domain for authentication.
Startup shell for the user - starts a specific application
instead of Explorer.
The initial working directory for the user. Often used in com-
bination with -s to set up a fixed login environment.
The password to authenticate with. Note that this may have no
effect if "Always prompt for password" is enabled on the server.
WARNING: if you specify a password on the command line it may be
visible to other users when they use tools like ps. Use -p - to
make rdesktop request a password at startup (from standard
Client hostname. Normally rdesktop automatically obtains the
hostname of the client.
Keyboard layout to emulate. This requires a corresponding
keymap file to be installed. The standard keymaps provided with
rdesktop follow the RFC1766 naming scheme: a language code fol-
lowed by a country code if necessary - e.g. en-us, en-gb, de,
fr, sv, etc. The default is en-us (a US keyboard).
Desktop geometry (WxH). If geometry is the special word
"workarea", the geometry will be fetched from the extended win-
dow manager hints property _NET_WORKAREA, from the root window.
The geometry can also be specified as a percentage of the whole
screen, e.g. "-g 80%".
-f Enable fullscreen mode. This overrides the window manager and
causes the rdesktop window to fully cover the current screen.
Fullscreen mode can be toggled at any time using Ctrl-Alt-Enter.
-b Force the server to send screen updates as bitmaps rather than
using higher-level drawing operations.
-B Use the BackingStore of the Xserver instead of the integrated
one in rdesktop.
-e Disable encryption. This option is only needed (and will only
work) if you have a French version of NT TSE.
-E Disable encryption from client to server. This sends an
encrypted login packet, but everything after this is unencrypted
(including interactive logins).
-m Do not send mouse motion events. This saves bandwidth, although
some Windows applications may rely on receiving mouse motion.
-C Use private colourmap. This will improve colour accuracy on an
8-bit display, but rdesktop will appear in false colour when not
-D Hide window manager decorations, by using MWM hints.
-K Do not override window manager key bindings. By default rdesk-
top attempts to grab all keyboard input when it is in focus.
-S <button size>
Enable single application mode. This option can be used when
running a single, maximized application (via -s). When the mini-
mize button of the windows application is pressed, the rdesktop
window is minimized instead of the remote application. The maxi-
mize/restore button is disabled. For this to work, you must
specify the correct button size, in pixels. The special word
"standard" means 18 pixels.
Sets the window title.
-N Enable numlock syncronization between the Xserver and the remote
RDP session. This is useful with applications that looks at the
numlock state, but might cause problems with some Xservers like
Embed rdesktop-window in another window. The windowid is
expected to be decimal.
Sets the colour depth for the connection (8, 15, 16 or 24).
More than 8 bpp are only supported when connecting to Windows XP
(up to 16 bpp) or newer. Note that the colour depth may also be
limited by the server configuration.
-z Enable compression of the RDP datastream. This currently only
works for a colour depth of 8bpp.
Changes default bandwidth performance behaviour for RDP5. By
default only theming is enabled, and all other options are dis-
abled (corresponding to modem (56 Kbps)). Setting experience to
b[roadband] enables menu animations and full window dragging.
Setting experience to l[an] will also enable the desktop wallpa-
per. Setting experience to m[odem] disables all (including
themes). Experience can also be a hexidecimal number containing
-P Enable caching of bitmaps to disk (persistent bitmap caching).
This generally improves performance (especially on low bandwidth
connections) and reduces network traffic at the cost of slightly
longer startup and some disk space. (10MB for 8-bit colour,
20MB for 15/16-bit colour and 30MB for 24-bit colour sessions)
Enable redirection of the specified device on the client, such
that it appears on the server. Note that the allowed redirec-
tions may be restricted by the server configuration.
Following devices are currently supported:
Redirects serial devices on your client to the server. Note that
if you need to change any settings on the serial device(s), do
so with an appropriate tool before starting rdesktop. In most
OSes you would use stty. Bidirectional/Read support requires
Windows XP or newer. In Windows 2000 it will create a port, but
it’s not seamless, most shell programs will not work with it.
Redirects a path to the share \\tsclient\<sharename> on the
server (requires Windows XP or newer). The share name is limited
to 8 characters.
Redirects parallel devices on your client to the server. Bidi-
rectional/Read support requires Windows XP or newer. In Windows
2000 it will create a port, but it’s not seamless, most shell
programs will not work with it.
Redirects a printer queue on the client to the server. The
<printername> is the name of the queue in your local system.
<driver> defaults to a simple PS-driver unless you specify one.
Keep in mind that you need a 100% match in the server environ-
ment, or the driver will fail. The first printer on the command
line will be set as your default printer.
Redirects sound generated on the server to the client. "remote"
only has any effect when you connect to the console with the -0
option. (Requires Windows XP or newer).
-0 Attach to the console of the server (requires Windows Server
2003 or newer).
-4 Use RDP version 4.
-5 Use RDP version 5 (default).
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