Here's how I set up to do that on a remote Ubuntu 14.04 server.
VNC on the Server
- Install dependencies:
sudo apt-get install Xvfb tightvncserver xterm firefox
- Xvfb and xterm are required for Firefox to run on the remote server
- A VNC server, in this case tightvncserver, allows you to install a VNC client locally and watch the remote session.
- Start the server
- Check the port:
You'll get output like the following. Notice the display designation on
the end, in this case, the digit 1:
New 'X' desktop is [servername]:1
Note: vncserver stays running. To verify the port it is listening on, use the command `sudo lsof -i -P | grep -i "listen"`.
- Start Selenium:
You'll need to specify the display when you start Selenium, and it doesn't hurt to use the command from the Not enough entropy post to be sure it's listening properly.
DISPLAY=:1 java -jar -Djava.security.egd=file:/dev/./urandom [your/path/to/selenium.jar]
VNC on your desktop
- Install a VNC Viewer
I run Ubuntu on the desktop and use TightVNC's viewer:
sudo apt-get install vncviewer
- Open an ssh tunnel:
On your local machine use the following command a terminal to create an ssh tunnel to the server. The last digit of the port corresponds to the display:
ssh [serveraddress] -L 5901:localhost:5901
This stays open in its own shell tab.
- Run the local vncviewer:
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