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RustDesk - Your remote desktop
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Yet another remote desktop software, written in Rust. Works out of the box, no configuration required. You have full control of your data, with no concerns about security. You can use our rendezvous/relay server, set up your own, or write your own rendezvous/relay server.


RustDesk welcomes contribution from everyone. See docs/CONTRIBUTING.md for help getting started.

How does RustDesk work?


Get it on F-Droid

Free Public Servers

Below are the servers you are using for free, it may change along the time. If you are not close to one of these, your network may be slow.

Location Vendor Specification
Seoul AWS lightsail 1 vCPU / 0.5GB RAM
Singapore Vultr 1 vCPU / 1GB RAM
Germany Hetzner 2 vCPU / 4GB RAM
Germany Codext 4 vCPU / 8GB RAM


Desktop versions use sciter or Flutter for GUI, this tutorial is for Sciter only.

Please download sciter dynamic library yourself.

Windows | Linux | MacOS

Raw steps to build

  • Prepare your Rust development env and C++ build env

  • Install vcpkg, and set VCPKG_ROOT env variable correctly

    • Windows: vcpkg install libvpx:x64-windows-static libyuv:x64-windows-static opus:x64-windows-static
    • Linux/MacOS: vcpkg install libvpx libyuv opus
  • run cargo run


How to build on Linux

Ubuntu 18 (Debian 10)

sudo apt install -y zip g++ gcc git curl wget nasm yasm libgtk-3-dev clang libxcb-randr0-dev libxdo-dev \
        libxfixes-dev libxcb-shape0-dev libxcb-xfixes0-dev libasound2-dev libpulse-dev cmake make \
        libclang-dev ninja-build libayatana-appindicator3-1 libgstreamer1.0-dev libgstreamer-plugins-base1.0-dev libayatana-appindicator3-dev

Fedora 28 (CentOS 8)

sudo yum -y install gcc-c++ git curl wget nasm yasm gcc gtk3-devel clang libxcb-devel libxdo-devel libXfixes-devel pulseaudio-libs-devel cmake alsa-lib-devel

Arch (Manjaro)

sudo pacman -Syu --needed unzip git cmake gcc curl wget yasm nasm zip make pkg-config clang gtk3 xdotool libxcb libxfixes alsa-lib pipewire

Install vcpkg

git clone https://github.com/microsoft/vcpkg
cd vcpkg
git checkout 2021.12.01
cd ..
export VCPKG_ROOT=$HOME/vcpkg
vcpkg/vcpkg install libvpx libyuv opus

Fix libvpx (For Fedora)

cd vcpkg/buildtrees/libvpx/src
cd *
sed -i 's/CFLAGS+=-I/CFLAGS+=-fPIC -I/g' Makefile
sed -i 's/CXXFLAGS+=-I/CXXFLAGS+=-fPIC -I/g' Makefile
cp libvpx.a $HOME/vcpkg/installed/x64-linux/lib/


curl --proto '=https' --tlsv1.2 -sSf https://sh.rustup.rs | sh
source $HOME/.cargo/env
git clone https://github.com/rustdesk/rustdesk
cd rustdesk
mkdir -p target/debug
wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/c-smile/sciter-sdk/master/bin.lnx/x64/libsciter-gtk.so
mv libsciter-gtk.so target/debug
VCPKG_ROOT=$HOME/vcpkg cargo run

Change Wayland to X11 (Xorg)

RustDesk does not support Wayland. Check this to configuring Xorg as the default GNOME session.

Wayland support

Wayland does not seem to provide any API for sending keypresses to other windows. Therefore, the rustdesk uses an API from a lower level, namely the /dev/uinput device (Linux kernel level).

When wayland is the controlled side, you have to start in the following way:

# Start uinput service
$ sudo rustdesk --service
$ rustdesk

Notice: Wayland screen recording uses different interfaces. RustDesk currently only supports org.freedesktop.portal.ScreenCast.

$ dbus-send --session --print-reply       \
  --dest=org.freedesktop.portal.Desktop \
  /org/freedesktop/portal/desktop       \
  org.freedesktop.DBus.Properties.Get   \
  string:org.freedesktop.portal.ScreenCast string:version
# Not support
Error org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.InvalidArgs: No such interface “org.freedesktop.portal.ScreenCast”
# Support
method return time=1662544486.931020 sender=:1.54 -> destination=:1.139 serial=257 reply_serial=2
   variant       uint32 4

How to build with Docker

Begin by cloning the repository and building the docker container:

git clone https://github.com/rustdesk/rustdesk
cd rustdesk
docker build -t "rustdesk-builder" .

Then, each time you need to build the application, run the following command:

docker run --rm -it -v $PWD:/home/user/rustdesk -v rustdesk-git-cache:/home/user/.cargo/git -v rustdesk-registry-cache:/home/user/.cargo/registry -e PUID="$(id -u)" -e PGID="$(id -g)" rustdesk-builder

Note that the first build may take longer before dependencies are cached, subsequent builds will be faster. Additionally, if you need to specify different arguments to the build command, you may do so at the end of the command in the <OPTIONAL-ARGS> position. For instance, if you wanted to build an optimized release version, you would run the command above followed by --release. The resulting executable will be available in the target folder on your system, and can be run with:


Or, if you're running a release executable:


Please ensure that you are running these commands from the root of the RustDesk repository, otherwise the application might not be able to find the required resources. Also note that other cargo subcommands such as install or run are not currently supported via this method as they would install or run the program inside the container instead of the host.

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