How To Install Remmina on Debian 9

These are instructions for people or software developers who want to contribute to the latest version of Remmina on Debian 9 Stretch.

By following these instructions, you will get Remmina and FreeRDP compiled under the /opt/remmina_devel/ subdir, so they will not mess up your system too much. This is ideal for testing remmina.

You will also find the uninstall instructions at the bottom of this page.


  • Initial write: May 1 2017.

You need to execute the following commands as root or as a user with sudo privileges (member of the sudo group).

1. Install all packages required to build freerdp and remmina: Execute te following commands as root


sudo apt install build-essential git-core libssh-dev cmake libx11-dev libxext-dev libxinerama-dev \
  libxcursor-dev libxdamage-dev libxv-dev libxkbfile-dev libasound2-dev libcups2-dev libxml2 libxml2-dev \
  libxrandr-dev libgstreamer1.0-dev libgstreamer-plugins-base1.0-dev \
  libxi-dev libavutil-dev \
  libavcodec-dev libxtst-dev libgtk-3-dev libgcrypt11-dev  libpulse-dev \
  libvte-2.91-dev libxkbfile-dev libtelepathy-glib-dev libjpeg-dev \
  libgnutls28-dev libgnome-keyring-dev libavahi-ui-gtk3-dev libvncserver-dev \
  libappindicator3-dev intltool libsecret-1-dev libwebkit2gtk-4.0-dev libsystemd-dev

2. As root, remove freerdp-x11 package and all packages containing the string remmina in the package name.

 sudo apt purge "remmina*" "libfreerdp*" "libwinpr*" "freerdp*"

3. Create a new directory for development in your home directory, and cd into it

mkdir ~/remmina_devel
cd ~/remmina_devel

4. Download the latest source code of FreeRDP from its master branch

git clone
cd FreeRDP

5. Configure FreeRDP for compilation (don’t forget to include -DWITH_PULSE=ON)


Please note that the above line will make FreeRDP install in /opt/remmina_devel/freerdp

6. Compile FreeRDP and install

make && sudo make install

7. Make your system dynamic loader aware of the new libraries you installed. For Ubuntu x64:

echo /opt/remmina_devel/freerdp/lib | sudo tee /etc/ > /dev/null
sudo ldconfig

8. Create a symbolik link to the executable in /usr/local/bin

sudo ln -s /opt/remmina_devel/freerdp/bin/xfreerdp /usr/local/bin/

9. Test the new freerdp by connecting to a RDP host

xfreerdp +clipboard /sound:rate:44100,channel:2 /v:hostname /u:username

10. Now clone remmina repository, “next” branch, to your devel dir:

cd ~/remmina_devel
git clone -b next

11. Configure Remmina for compilation

cd Remmina
cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX:PATH=/opt/remmina_devel/remmina -DCMAKE_PREFIX_PATH=/opt/remmina_devel/freerdp --build=build .

12. Compile remmina and install it

make && sudo make install

13. Create a symbolik link to the the executable

sudo ln -s /opt/remmina_devel/remmina/bin/remmina /usr/local/bin/

14. Run remmina


Please note that icons and launcher files are not installed, so don’t search for remmina using Unity Dash.

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