Configuring a Raspberry Pi with the Desktop App

Similar to the connectd package command line tool, but using the GUI, the Desktop App for Raspberry Pi lets you configure Services in order to connect to them from other places.


In this guide you will learn how to configure a Raspberry Pi to allow it to be controlled from another machine using VNC or SSH through, using the desktop app. Following this tutorial will leave you with a secure connection between two machines that is quick and easy to access from anywhere, as well as shareable and flexible.

Enabling your Pi to be remotely accessed is a relatively simple process. The steps are as follows:

  1. Enable SSH and/or VNC on your Pi.

  2. Download and install

  3. Add the SSH and/or VNC service to your Device.

  4. Install on the Device you want to access the Pi from, and connect.

Enable SSH/VNC on your Pi

First, you'll have to enable the ability to SSH and/or VNC into your Pi.

Access your Pi, then click the menu in the upper left corner and select Preferences from the menu.

Next, click Raspberry Pi Configuration and navigate to the Interfaces tab. Make sure that either VNC or SSH (or both) are enabled.

Now, let's set up!

NOTE: If you would rather use the terminal to activate these options, you can runsudo raspi-config and select option 5. You can then enable SSH and VNC from there.

Install on your Pi

To VNC or SSH into a Raspberry Pi using, you'll have to create a account. Make one here.

Download and install the desktop app, found here. Once it's installed, you can find it on your Pi using the menu in the top left, and navigating to the Internet tab.

Add the desired services

The next step is to add the SSH and/or VNC services to your device, so that you can access your Device using

Click on the desktop app and log in using your credentials. Click the Hosted tab at the bottom and register your device.

Register your device with

Next, navigate to the Network tab or click Scan for services. Scan the network that the Pi is on and find your system, labeled “This system.”

Scan your network to find your system

Click it, and you will see the Services that you can add to the Device.

Click Add next to vnc, ssh, or whatever other Service you would like to add. It will take you back to the Hosted tab to finish setting it up.

Add the service(s)

Name the Service, then click the blue checkmark.

NOTE: If the Host IP Address is blank, don’t worry about it. The app will fill it in for you once you press the check mark.

Install on the client

Now that you've installed the Service(s), you can SSH or VNC into your Pi from any other machine.

Log into the Desktop App on the machine you wish to access the Pi from. The Device will appear under the Remote tab. Click it, then connect to the desired service.

Click the button to connect

Downloading something like PuTTY (Windows only) for SSH or VNC Viewer for VNC may be very helpful in connecting to your Raspberry Pi.

Click on the Service you are now connected to. Copy the information into the appropriate program, and connect.

This button copies the VNC string, which I will use to connect

Voila! You are now connected to the Pi via SSH/VNC using! Paste the VNC string into your VNC client of choice and you will be able to control your Pi.

I can now control my Pi from anywhere, using!

Advanced Applications

If you are looking for more advanced applications of Remote Graphical Desktop Access, please refer to the following guides.