I want to connect to my mac remotely from my Windows PC. What good products are there available that you recommend checking out?

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Recent versions of Mac OS X include a VNC server built-in, analogous to Microsoft's Remote Desktop Server (included in Windows). This can be accessed via the System Preferences > Sharing > Apple Remote Desktop option.

There are various free VNC clients available for Windows, most notably RealVNC.

While there are other options, VNC benefits from being a very mature graphical remote-access protocol with official support from Apple and good-quality client programs.

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    I'm enjoying this ScreenShareMenulet program as a quick way to call up machines in my network running VNC or Bonjour desktop sharing.
    – Ian C.
    Commented Aug 22, 2011 at 16:01
  • Big downside to VNC is not being able to match up screen sizes very well. Mac desktop won't autosize to your remote screen. You'll have to try to find a resolution close enough to not be crazy annoying (or live with scaling). Commented Oct 23, 2012 at 17:09
  • @BrianKnoblauch: That's indeed annoying. Still, good solution in many cases.
    – Noldorin
    Commented Oct 23, 2012 at 18:41
  • VNC is slow!!!!
    – Bruno
    Commented Feb 27, 2014 at 18:21

I've tried them all and RealVNC is the best by far. Anything else either lacks important functionality or lags miserably. I recommend you try them all though and decide for yourself; it really comes down to what level of remote control you're looking to have.


This is a full list I found on Wikipedia comparing remote desktop software.


For quick helpdesk applications I use Teamviewer (https://www.teamviewer.com/)


I highly recommend LogMeIn. It is the fastest remote access program to Mac I've tested.

  • Not a big fan of that solution. Introducing a 3rd party increases the security risks. If you're in a corporate environment that'll be a huge no-no. Commented Oct 23, 2012 at 17:09
  • In a corporate environment support are likely to have a tool to do this (often LogMeIn or Teamviewer)
    – mmmmmm
    Commented Mar 14, 2013 at 13:25

I'm currently using TightVNC to do the same thing. Lately it has started randomly dropping my connections though. I can get them back easily enough, but it's very annoying. Started with the OS X 10.8.1 update so I'm not sure if it's TightVNC or OS X that's got the problem.

  • I did more testing and can't recommend TightVNC on current OS X installs due to repeated session drops. RealVNC works fine, no drops at all. Commented Sep 19, 2012 at 16:56

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