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Comparison of professional remote desktop software


Remote desktop software are dedicated software or builtin OS features, which allows to run graphical applications remotely. It is useful to access your PC at work from your Smartphone, tablet or home computer. It can also be used to do remote administration. Some software also allow to broadcast a screen to several client computers to make remote formation or web conferencing easier.

Remote desktop is usually split in two parts:

  • one side to share the screen: the server
  • the side which receive the screen and can optionnaly control it: the client

The server could be your computer at work, and the client might be your smartphone, your tablet or your home computer. If you want to control your computer from a tablet or smartphone, you need to check if the software you are looking for support checking the "Client platforms" section.

BomgarDameWare Mini Remote ControlGoverlan ReachLogMeInMikogoNetviewer GoToAssistNoMachine NXRealVNCScreenconnectTeamViewerThinfinity Remote Desktop ServerWebEx
PricingFrom $49/monthFrom $80from - $15 /per operator/per month or - $ 300 one-time fee per operator
  • $149/year
From $13 / month
$69/month $660/year
  • Free edition
  • Enterprise Edition from $44.50 per year
  • Free (Windows XP, 2000, Linux)
  • Personal edition
  • Enterprise edition
From $300$809 Lifetime License; Annual Upgrade Fees 40%+Concurrent users. $45 annual license $80 permanent licenseFrom $19 / month
Server platforms
macOSNoNoYesYesYesYes- Enterprise onlyYesYesNo
LinuxNoNoNoYesNoYes- Enterprise onlyYesYesNo
Client platforms
Windows as clientYesYesYesYesYes via browserYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Mac OS as clientYesNoYesYesYes via browserYesYes- Enterprise onlyYesYesYesYes
Linux as clientYesNoYesNoYes via browserNoYesYesYesYesYesYes
iOS clientYesNoNoYesYes via browserNoYesYesYesYesYesYes
Android clientYesNoNoYesYes via browserNoYesYesYesYesYesYes
File transferYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
File/Folder SyncingNoNoYesYesNoYesNoNoNo
Audio supportNoYesYesYesNoYesYesNoNoNoYesYes
Text chatYesYesYesYesYes
Voice Chat / VoIPYesYes In Lens video support toolYesNo
Multiple sessionsYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Seamless windowNoNoYesYesYesNoYesNoYesNoNo
Remote AssistanceYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Access Permission RequestYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Built-in EncryptionYes SSL, AES-256Yes SSL, AES-256Yes AES-256Yes SSL, AES-256, TS 1.2Yes AES-256Yes AES-128Yes AES 128,SSL,SSHYes AES-256Yes AES-256Yes AES-256YesYes
Client/server/listeningClient & ServerClient & ServerClient and ServerClient & ServerClient & ServerClient & ServerClient & ServerClient & ServerClient & ServerClient & ServerClient & Server
NAT PassthroughNoYesYesYesYes using Listening modeYesYes client, server
IPv6 supportNoYesYesYesYes
Maximum simultaneous connectionsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited25UnlimitedUnlimited2Unlimited
Open APIsNoYesNoNo
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  • TV on Jul. 6th 2017 3:46:00 PM


  • TV on Jul. 6th 2017 3:45:35 PM
    suggested on DameWare Mini Remote Control to set Viewer to unlisted
  • TV on Jul. 6th 2017 3:45:24 PM
    suggested on DameWare Mini Remote Control to set Name to DameWare
  • TV on Jul. 6th 2017 3:41:53 PM
    suggested on DameWare Mini Remote Control to set Name to DameWare
  • N2Tech on Jul. 12th 2016 11:08:25 PM

    These prices are out of date. We use RemoteToPC: A lot like LogMeIn Central, but without the ever rising prices.

  • nathansnaps on Feb. 4th 2016 7:09:37 PM
    suggested on Netviewer GoToAssist to set Name to GoToAssist
  • nathansnaps on Feb. 4th 2016 7:08:54 PM
    suggested on Netviewer GoToAssist to set Name to GoToAssist
  • Nick Rostov on Jan. 25th 2016 8:57:54 AM

    i like use litemanager for free remote control

  • Mik MBD on Oct. 30th 2014 11:05:47 PM

    Ammyy Admin is definitely on of the best.

  • Lena Madlena on Dec. 4th 2013 10:15:32 AM

    You can also try free remote desktop software AeroAdmin No monthly fees, free for commercial use. It might be a good alternative though!

  • NIck on Nov. 25th 2013 11:55:09 AM

    You should add NoMachine ( to your list. Wikipedia is out-of-date if you are using that as the basis of your comparison. NoMachine ticks all those boxes, except for the Android/iOS client which is coming in December 2013.

  • jch02140 on Nov. 11th 2013 7:50:17 AM

    Any plans to add NetSupport Manager to the list?

  • Aliasgar Babat on Nov. 1st 2013 2:45:41 PM

    When I was investigating remote access and support options, I made a similar (but much less impressive) chart like yours... And I found that RHUB's appliance was what I had been looking for... It's got everything I need in one device, and it's only a one-time cost.

  • Dickoz on Oct. 22nd 2013 10:44:58 AM

    Very useful comparison! Some or may be Bomgar only, require additional hardware on the server side. May I suggest to include a row like implementation: software, hardware? And chance to include TightVNC?

  • arebellion on Oct. 15th 2012 12:21:52 PM

    AetherPal was deleted by me. Could someone restore the same, My bad.