Tuesday, October 17, 2017

How to install TeamViewer on Lubuntu 16.04

How to install TeamViewer on Lubuntu 16.04

Teamviewer is one of the best remote desktop software in the world, it allows you to access your computer remotely through internet connection. Teamviewer available on various operating system such as windows, mac, linux, android, ios, blackberry, and windows phone. In this article i will show you how to install teamviewer on lubuntu 16.04.

Because of teamviewer is a proprietary software (not opensource), the teamviewer software is not available on official repository of lubuntu/ubuntu. Therefore we need to download it from teamviewer website and then install manually on lubuntu.

If you go to the teamviewer download page and click on the linux section, you will see some choices, make sure you choose the ubuntu/debian version. If you download it, you will get a debian package (.deb), mine was teamviewer_12.0.85001_i386.deb because at the time the latest version is teamviewer 12.

From here, you might be thinking to install that debian package using dpkg command line tool, but unfortunately If you try to install with sudo dpkg -i , you will get an error like this:

dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of teamviewer:i386:
 teamviewer:i386 depends on libjpeg62.
 teamviewer:i386 depends on libxtst6.

Notice that the debian package for teamviewer is actually a 32 bit package so it's depends on some 32 bit library. But that doesn't mean we cannot install teamviewer on 64 bit lubuntu. The solution is to install the debian package with apt-get command.

Step by step how to install TeamViewer 12 on Lubuntu 16.04
  • open web browser, go to teamviewer download page
  • download the ubuntu/debian version
  • open command line/terminal (press CTRL + ALT + T)
  • run this command to install teamviewer, assuming the debian package is located on ~/Downloads/
  • sudo apt-get install ~/Downloads/teamviewer_12.0.85001_i386.deb
  • done!
if the method above doesn't work for you, then you need to install the dependency package manually, like this:
sudo apt-get install libxtst6:i386
And then run apt-get -f install, like this:
sudo apt-get -f install
or you can run dpkg -i
sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/teamviewer_12.0.85001_i386.deb

Once installed, you can open teamviewer from lubuntu start menu > Internet > TeamViewer 12. Now you can start using teamviewer and access your lubuntu desktop remotely.

How to install TeamViewer on Lubuntu 16.04

How to use TeamViewer on Lubuntu 16.04
For those you don't know how to use teamviewer, probably you never try it before, the way it works is you need to use the ID and Password that is generated by teamviewer to connect to the remote computer. 

If you open teamviewer on lubuntu (as shown in the screenshot above) on the 'Allow Remote Control' section you can see the 'YourID' and 'Password', use that to login from another computer/device.

For testing you can install teamviewer on your mobile phone (android or ios) and try to connect to your lubuntu computer using the given ID and Password. Make sure both are connected to the internet.

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