With AnyDesk, you can access your Linux desktop from anywhere, whether you’re using another Linux system, a Windows computer, or a mobile device. You can manage your Linux system as if you were sitting in front of it and use all installed applications and files as usual.
One of the most important features of AnyDesk is its speed. The software uses a unique compression algorithm that allows you to transfer data at high speeds even over low bandwidth connections. This means that you can access your computer from anywhere without compromising performance.
Another important feature of AnyDesk is its security. The software uses the highest level of encryption to protect your data and privacy, ensuring your information is always safe. In addition, AnyDesk uses a highly secure connection protocol that is immune to hackers and other cyber threats.
Once you have installed AnyDesk on Linux, you can start using the software to access your computer from any other device. You just need to know your AnyDesk ID, which is your computer’s unique identifier. You can access your AnyDesk ID from the AnyDesk settings on your Linux system.
Installing AnyDesk on Ubuntu
- Ubuntu computer: AnyDesk is compatible with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS or later, so you will need the latest operating system to use the software.
- Internet connection: You will need an active Internet connection to download and install AnyDesk.
- Administrative Privileges: You will need administrative privileges on your Ubuntu system to install AnyDesk. If you are not an administrator, you will be required to enter an administrator password when prompted.
- x86 or x64 architecture: AnyDesk is available for both x86 and x64 architecture, so you need to make sure your Ubuntu system supports one of these architectures.
Method 1: Command Line Method Using Terminal
For terminal fanatics, AnyDesk lets you customize this great application by running a series of commands that we’ll cover in this guide. Please stay tuned as we cover every detail for you.
Step 1: Update your Ubuntu system
As usual, it’s a good idea to keep your Linux system up to date to avoid conflicts. This can be achieved by running the following command:
sudo apt update
If your Ubuntu system displays a message at the end of the update command about the number of packages that need to be updated, as in our case, 4, then it is recommended to update the indicated packages using the following command:
sudo apt upgrade
Note. If all your packages are up to date, skip the second section of the previous step.
Step 2: Add AnyDesk to the list of trusted software providers in Ubuntu.
Copy and paste the following command to add the list of trusted software providers to your Ubuntu system:
wget -qO - | sudo apt-key add -
The “OK” status at the end of the above wget command indicates that the addition was successful.
Step 3: Add the AnyDesk repository to your system repository.
The next step is to add the repository to our system by running the following command:
echo "deb all main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/anydesk-stable.list
Step 4: Update packages again
After adding these new repositories to your system, make sure you update the package list once again so that all newly made changes will take effect by running the following commands:
sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
Step 5: Install AnyDesk
Finally, install AnyDesk with this command:
sudo apt install anydesk
Note. Make sure you enter “y/Y” when prompted if you want to continue with the installation.
Method 2: Command line way by downloading the Debian package
Step 1: Download the 64-bit package
To use Debian’s packaging approach, visit AnyDesk official website and download the Ubuntu package (64-bit) from the dedicated link:
Step 2: Install the package
After clicking on the link, the download will begin in the download folder of your local system. Once downloaded, navigate to the Downloads directory with the following command:
You can then customize the downloaded package with the following command:
sudo dpkg -i anydesk_6.2.1-1_amd64.deb
Step 3: Check the installation
After a successful installation, you can check the newly installed files using the dpkg -L AnyDesk command as shown below:
dpkg -L anydesk
Method 3: GUI Installation
This is a simplified approach aimed at users who are not command line fanatics. Here are the steps to do so.
Step 1. Visit the official website of AnyDesk.
To get started, go to the official AnyDesk website where you will get the .deb file. This file is vital for installing AnyDesk. So click on this linkto go to the AnyDesk downloads page.
Step 2: Download the .deb file
By clicking on the link, you will be redirected to the official AnyDesk download page; go ahead and select your operating system as Linux and click the Download Now button:
Then select the Debian/Ubuntu/Mint (64 Bit) option:
Step 3: Install the app
Once the download is complete, navigate to the Downloads directory to see if the .deb file has been downloaded. Hope you found the file. Let’s install the application now. This can be done by right-clicking on the .deb file and selecting the “Open with another application” option, as shown in the snapshot below:
Step 4: Redirecting the Ubuntu Software Center
After selecting “Open With Another Application”, another window will appear asking you to select the application you will use to install the Software. Select the “Install Software” application, which will then redirect you to the Ubuntu Software Center:
Step 5: Install the App
Once you have been redirected to the Software Center, click on the “Install” button to initiate the installation process of the AnyDesk application:
After clicking the install button, Ubuntu will ask you to authenticate the process as usual. Enter your password and “Authenticate” the installation process:
And this should be done during the installation phase. Let’s see how we can run the newly installed application on our Ubuntu system.
How to start AnyDesk
One nice thing about AnyDesk is that it even allows you to launch in two ways: terminal and GUI methods.
To launch the application for use through the terminal, run the following command:
And the above command should open it, but in some cases an error may occur saying “Unable to open shared object file: No such file exists in directory”.
And it’s easy to fix by running the following commands:
sudo apt install ./libpangox-1.0-0_0.0.2-5.1_amd64.deb
Launch AnyDesk via GUI
Click “Actions” located in the upper left corner of the desktop:
After that, a search bar will appear; use it to search for AnyDesk. This icon will appear; click on it to open it:
Uninstalling AnyDesk from Ubuntu
How to uninstall AnyDesk from Ubuntu via Terminal
If you have finished using AnyDesk and you no longer need it on your Ubuntu system, you can remove it from your system by running the following command on your terminal:
sudo apt remove anydesk
Note. Be very careful when entering the above command as sometimes you may remove some packages used by other active applications. This can lead to irreparable losses.
Approach to Uninstalling AnyDesk Via GUI
To get started, go to the Ubuntu software center and then go to the installed section of the software center. Then scroll through the installed section and you should see AnyDesk highlighted  to the shots below:
After that, click on it, and the following window will appear; click on the button in the form of a basket, as shown below:
After clicking the button, you will be asked to confirm your decision to delete; click on the delete button highlighted in red:
You will then be asked to authenticate the process; enter your PC password and click the “Authenticate” button and the uninstall process should start:
The AnyDesk application is considered and proven to be one of the most innovative applications supported by almost all operating systems. This great tool allows you to get remote control and access to any device from a remote location. Documents and files can be easily accessed and transferred from different locations.
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