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How to enable X11 Forwarding with SSH on Mac OS X Leopard

Apple Remote Desktop (ARD) or VNC is a wonderful invention if you want full control over a remote desktop, but what if you only want to access the user display of one single X11 program on a remote machine?

This is possible on Mac OS X with X11 Forwarding.

THIS ARTICLE HAS BEEN REWRITTEN (Manual set of the $DISPLAY variable is insecure!)


X11 environments on both the local and remote machine (see man X). Ensure network access for X11. In Mac OS X  on X11 Quartz check the authorization and client access options under Preferences in the Security pane.

Enable X11 Forwarding with the “X11Forwarding yes” option set in “/private/etc/sshd_config” for your SSH Daemon own local X11 host in order to recieve X11 client request back from  the remote machine through ‘ssh‘ with the -X option set.

Start or restart the Remote Login (SSH) Service  under System Preference / Sharing pane on Mac OS X. The SSH daemon should run on the remote machine as well!

See “man ssh”,  “man ssh_config” and “man sshd_config” for the complete explanation.

3 Simple Steps to X11 Forward on Mac OS X

1. Open  “Terminal” in Mac OS X Leopard.

2. ssh -X X11 Forward to your remote host (See “man ssh” for the use of the -X or -Y flag X11 forward):

ssh -X johndoe@123.456.789

3. Start your remote X11 program and view the user display on your local machine:

xeyes &

Voila it works! The X application will start up your X11 environment. Its quite easy to do X11 forwarding when you first get the hang of it.

Do elegant X11 stuff with ssh -X -f  like:

ssh -X -f user@remotehost xcalc -bg black -fg green

Caveat Notes:

Have the latest and updated versions of Mac OS X, Developer and X11.

3 Clues to successful X11 forwarding:

A. When you make changes to /etc/sshd_config remember to restart the Remote Login Service (SSH).

B. Remember to allow incoming access to X11 in the X11 preferences and through your firewall(s) and router!

C. And you have will of curse have to be accurate about your local and remote machine naming convention i.e. John-Does-iMac.local or privat.happycamper.com. Check with “echo $HOSTNAME”. On the remote machine you could also do a check with $REMOTEHOST (if set) to check your own machine name on the remote host.

NOT! Sometimes it is necessary to use xhost +remotehost and set the $DISPLAY environment variable manually on Mac OS X (something -X or -Y flag in ssh should normally do for you). Try “echo $DISPLAY” on the local machine and remote to get hints of the $DISPLAY status. You can always check your environment with “env” and “$”. On Mac OS X Leopard you use EXPORT with bash shell to set environment variables as opposed to tcsh that uses setenv. You should only set the $DISPLAY variable manually in a secure environment i.e. local network.

NEW! Do not set the DISPLAY variable on the client. You will most likely disable encryption. (X connections forwarded through Secure Shell use a special local display setting.)

If you have further problems try to use -v, -vv or even -vvv verbose flag with ssh to debug.

X11 Forwarding:
X11 Forwarding www.ssh.com
Configurering and running X11 Applications on Mac OS X developer.apple.com
X11 FAQ  – Technical Q&A QA1232 developer.apple.com
Technical Q&A QA1383 Enabling X11 Forwarding developer.apple.com
Forwarding X11 from a Remote Computer to the Mac oroborosx.sourceforge.net
ssh X forwarding debugging mac.com
Display Names xfree86.org

X Window System wikipedia.org
The X Window System freebsd.org (Introduktion from FreeBSD Handbook)
XQuartz project xquartz.macosforge.org (X11)

Command-Line Administration Version 10.5 Leopard (PDF) manuals.info.apple.com (Connecting to Remote Computers p. 31 – 37)
Introduction to Command-Line Administration Version 10.6 Snow Leopard (PDF) manuals.info.apple.com (Connecting to Remote Computers p. 27 – 33)

Connecting to Remote Computers p. 27 – 33
Introduction to Command-Line Administration Version 10.6 Snow Leopard (PDF) manuals.info.apple.com

Open Source X11 developer.apple.com
UNIX & Open Source downloads apple.com

last.fm – super cool social music

Last.fm has existed for some time on the Internet as an Internet radio station with lots of cool radio stations for any imaginal taste, but now something super cool as happened to Last.fmLast.fm as trancended into something entirely new – a hassle free super cool social music player. Last.fm scrubbles your favorite music from your iTunes or MP3 player (Scrobbling a song means that when you listen to it, the name of the song is sent to Last.fm and added to your music profile), learns about your music preferences from you, so you can share and receive preferences from others as you wish. Last.fm off curse integrates with your iPod and iPhone. And Last.fm integrates Firefox through the fire plugin. The design is simple, strict and slick in red, white and black – like the designers abc – exactly the way I like it. 

Check it out.. its super cool – and companies like Apple should learn from, integrate or even buy Last.fm

Fire.fm 1.1.3 Firefox plugin