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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
PreciosFrom $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
macOSNoNo- Enterprise onlyNo
LinuxNoNoNoNo- Enterprise onlyNo
Client platforms
Windows as client via browser
Mac OS as clientNo via browser- Enterprise only
Linux as clientNoNo via browserNo
iOS clientNoNo via browserNo
Android clientNoNo via browserNo
File transfer
File/Folder SyncingNoNoNoNoNoNo
Audio supportNoNoNoNoNo
Text chat
Voice Chat / VoIP In Lens video support toolNo
Multiple sessions
Seamless windowNoNoNoNoNoNo
Remote Assistance
Access Permission Request
Built-in Encryption SSL, AES-256 SSL, AES-256 AES-256 SSL, AES-256, TS 1.2 AES-256 AES-128 AES 128,SSL,SSH AES-256 AES-256 AES-256
Client/server/listeningClient & ServerClient & ServerClient and ServerClient & ServerClient & ServerClient & ServerClient & ServerClient & ServerClient & ServerClient & ServerClient & Server
NAT PassthroughNo using Listening mode client, server
IPv6 supportNo
Maximum simultaneous connectionsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited25UnlimitedUnlimited2Unlimited
Open APIsNoNoNo
Compare AetherPal vs Ammyy Admin vs Apple Remote Desktop vs Bomgar vs Cendio ThinLinc vs Citrix XenApp vs Crossloop vs DameWare Mini Remote Control vs DualDesk vs Ericom PowerTerm WebConnect vs Ericom Blaze vs Fog Creek Copilot vs GO-Global vs Go...
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  • TV on 2017-07-06 15:46:00


  • TV on 2017-07-06 15:45:35
    suggested on DameWare Mini Remote Control to set Viewer to unlisted
  • TV on 2017-07-06 15:45:24
    suggested on DameWare Mini Remote Control to set Nombre to DameWare
  • TV on 2017-07-06 15:41:53
    suggested on DameWare Mini Remote Control to set Nombre to DameWare
  • N2Tech on 2016-07-12 23:08:25

    These prices are out of date.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

  • nathansnaps on 2016-02-04 19:09:37
    suggested on Netviewer GoToAssist to set Nombre to GoToAssist
  • nathansnaps on 2016-02-04 19:08:54
    suggested on Netviewer GoToAssist to set Nombre to GoToAssist
  • Nick Rostov on 2016-01-25 08:57:54

    i like use litemanager for free remote control

  • Mik MBD on 2014-10-30 23:05:47

    Ammyy Admin is definitely on of the best.

  • Lena Madlena on 2013-12-04 10:15:32

    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 2013-11-25 11:55:09

    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 2013-11-11 07:50:17

    Any plans to add NetSupport Manager to the list?

  • Aliasgar Babat on 2013-11-01 14:45:41

    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 2013-10-22 10:44:58

    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 2012-10-15 12:21:52

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