VNC® Connect is included with Raspbian for Raspberry Pi
For simple and secure remote access, direct or via the cloud, free for non-commercial use.
"The Raspberry Pi team shares our passion for nurturing the computer skills of young people... We can't wait to develop this relationship further." - Andy Hopper, Chairman, RealVNC®. Read more.
Connect to your Raspberry Pi from anywhere
With VNC® Connect, you can establish direct and cloud connections, free for non-commercial use.
Within your local network
Direct connections are fine when connecting to your Raspberry Pi over the same private local network, for example at home, school or in the office. Learn more.
Over the Internet
Cloud connections are both safer and more convenient when you want to control your Raspberry Pi over the Internet. There's no need to open holes in firewalls or port forward your router. Learn more.
You'll need to be over 16 and sign up for a free RealVNC® account; see below.
Set up your Raspberry Pi
Sign up for a free RealVNC® account
This is required for cloud connections, but even if you just connect direct it's still useful to sync your address book between devices. Please note you must be 16 or over.
Download VNC® Viewer
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Create and remote a virtual desktop
If you're not running the PIXEL desktop (for example, your Raspberry Pi's inside a robot) you can still have graphical remote access using a virtual desktop. Learn how.
The latest news and views
Here's a great video on how to set up VNC® Connect so you can control your Raspberry Pi from anywhere (or read this article if you prefer).
Three soldiers in the British Army have used a Raspberry Pi to build an autonomous robot as part of their training, and used VNC® Connect to control it remotely.
I found … RealVNC® Server for Raspberry Pi to be very useful in setting up the system.
- Andy Wedgbury
Please take a moment to read our article on GDPR! Did you know you must be at least 16 years old to use VNC® Connect in conjunction with a RealVNC® account?