Linux remote control

Control and Command

Article from Issue 163/2014

Turn your Android device into a handy remote control for your Linux machine.

Using an Android device to access and control remote Linux machines is hardly a new idea, and plenty of apps on Google Play can be used to manage Linux machines via SSH or VNC. Instead of using your Android device as a regular SSH client, however, you can turn it into a versatile remote control for your Linux machine. Several packages are available to help you with that, including Linux Remote Control, Remote Control for Linux, and Remote Launcher.

Linux Remote Control

Linux Remote Control (LRC) [1] is a lightweight solution that consists of two components: a Node.js-based server that runs on the host Linux machine and a web interface optimized for running on mobile devices like Android smartphones and tablets. LRC is easy to deploy and features a polished user-friendly interface, which makes it a perfect tool for less technical users (Figure  1). LRC is distributed as a .deb package, and it should run on all Ubuntu Linux derivatives.

To install LRC, grab the latest lrc.deb package from the project's website and install it by running the


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