The built in VNC server is not sufficient for my needs as I cannot change settings of the VNC server.

I tried to run Vine Server (OSXvnc) but the application crashes on launch.

Are there any other VNC servers that run on macOS?


When I connect to the built-in VNC server, I observe that it is slow. I tried to make the VNC connection faster by reducing the color level of the VNC connection so that less bandwidth is used. However, the built-in VNC server refuses to connect.

I am looking for VNC server which supports connections with reduced color level so that the VNC connection is faster.

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    It would be useful if you explained what about the built-in version doesn't satisfy your requirements… is it simply that you cannot change settings? What settings do you need to change?
    – Tetsujin
    Jun 12, 2020 at 10:53
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    I have edited the question to include why the built in VNC server does not meet my requirements.
    – user376500
    Jun 12, 2020 at 11:27

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As far as I know there are no other freely available, generic VNC servers for macOS besides the built-in one and the OSXvnc program.

There exist a commercial VNC server from TightVNC, but it is not generic in the sense that it allows VNC access to your macOS desktop - rather it is to be built in to a specific application to allow remote access to that only.

One thing you could try is a newer "fork" of OSXvnc (or rather just seem to be some guys providing updates on the seemingly otherwise abandoned OSXvnc project) here:


There are even some pull-requests with bugfixes for a few bugs, so you might be lucky that one of those fixes your crash.

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