iPod Touch Tricks: VNC

With VNsea on my iPod Touch I can share the screen of my MacBook running Leopard (which is a built-in VNC server):

VNC from iPod Touch to MacBook
  • Needed to turn on “Screen Sharing” on my Mac (System Preferences \| Sharing).
  • Also needed to open the firewall for Screen Sharing (System Preferences \| Security \| Firewall).
  • Only worked with “pixel depth” in VNsea set to 16.
  • Wouldn’t work with my Cinema Display set to 1920x1200 — had to set it to 1600x1200.
  • Wouldn’t work without a password set on both ends.
  • Not zippy.


Dale's picture
Dale on November 7, 2007 - 18:56 Permalink

Thanks Peter! Your 1600x1200 resolution was the piece of the puzzle I was missing to get this to work on my iPhone! I was getting some sort of weird screen refresh problem until you pointed me in the right direction…works perfectly now albeit a tad slowly.

Kevin's picture
Kevin on April 13, 2008 - 06:02 Permalink

you need a jailbroken ipod/iphone for this don’t you? a bit too good to be true if it were legal…

Taylor's picture
Taylor on December 15, 2008 - 22:00 Permalink

Umm. Jailbreaking isn’t illegal. And this is awesome

Rich's picture
Rich on April 15, 2009 - 13:51 Permalink

In apples eyes, jailbreaking is illegal, but fortunately the law thinks otherwise :)