How to Install AnyDesk on Ubuntu?

In this tutorial, we will explore the process of installing AnyDesk on Ubuntu. AnyDesk is a popular remote desktop application that allows users to access and control a remote computer from their own machine. This article will provide step-by-step instructions on how to install AnyDesk on Ubuntu, enabling you to establish secure and efficient remote connections.

Before we proceed with the installation, let's take a moment to understand the technologies involved in this tutorial. AnyDesk employs a client-server architecture, where the client is installed on the local machine and the server component is installed on the remote computer. The client and server communicate with each other to establish a remote desktop session. We will be using the APT package manager, which is the default package management system for Ubuntu, to install AnyDesk.

Now, let's dive into the installation process and learn how to set up AnyDesk on your Ubuntu machine.

Installing AnyDesk from the Official Repository

To begin, we need to add the AnyDesk repository to our system. Open a terminal and follow the steps below −

  • Start by updating the package list 

sudo apt update

The above command updates the package list, ensuring that the latest package information is fetched from the Ubuntu repositories.

  • Install the dependencies required to add external repositories 

sudo apt install -y curl gnupg2

This command installs the necessary tools, including curl and gnupg2, which are required to add external repositories.

  • Import the AnyDesk repository key to authenticate the packages 

curl -sSL | sudo gpg --dearmor -o /usr/share/keyrings/anydesk-keyring.gpg

The command used above imports the AnyDesk repository key and saves it in the /usr/share/keyrings/anydesk-keyring.gpg file.

  • Add the AnyDesk repository to the system's sources.list.d directory 

echo 'deb [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/anydesk-keyring.gpg] all main' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/anydesk.list

The above command adds the AnyDesk repository to the system's sources.list.d directory by creating a new file called anydesk.list.

  • Update the package list again to include the newly added repository 

sudo apt update

The above command updates the package list again, this time including the AnyDesk repository.

  • Finally, install AnyDesk 

sudo apt install -y anydesk

The above command installs AnyDesk on your Ubuntu system.

Launching AnyDesk and Establishing a Remote Connection

Now that AnyDesk is installed, let's learn how to launch the application and establish a remote connection.

  • To start AnyDesk, open the Activities overview by clicking the "Show Applications" button on the Ubuntu desktop, or by pressing the Super key (usually the Windows key). Then search for "AnyDesk" and click on the AnyDesk icon to launch the application.

  • Once AnyDesk is open, you will be presented with a nine-digit AnyDesk address. Share this address with the person who wants to connect to your computer remotely.

  • To initiate a remote connection, enter the remote computer's AnyDesk address in the "Remote Desk" field and click on the "Connect" button.

Configuring AnyDesk for Enhanced Performance and Security

To optimize your AnyDesk experience and ensure secure remote connections, we will explore some configuration options.

  • Open the AnyDesk application on your Ubuntu machine.

  • In the AnyDesk main window, click on the "Settings" option in the left-hand sidebar.

  • Under the "General" tab, you can customize various settings such as the interface language, startup behavior, and privacy settings. Adjust these settings according to your preferences.

  • Switch to the "Security" tab to configure security-related options. Here, you can enable or disable features like unattended access, file transfer permissions, and the use of a password for remote connections. Adjust these settings based on your specific requirements.


In this tutorial, we explored the step-by-step process of installing AnyDesk on Ubuntu. We started by adding the AnyDesk repository to our system, followed by the installation of the application itself. We then learned how to launch AnyDesk, establish remote connections, and configure the software to enhance performance and security. Finally, we covered the steps required to uninstall AnyDesk from Ubuntu. By following this tutorial, you should now be equipped to utilize AnyDesk for efficient and secure remote desktop access on your Ubuntu machine.

Updated on: 27-Jul-2023


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