What is WinConn?

WinConn simplifies creation, management and desktop integration of remote windows applications in Ubuntu Linux. It uses RemoteApp technology, implemented by FreeRDP project to provide seamless user experience. The applications run in their own window and can be used like any other locally installed Ubuntu application, without bringing the full windows desktop to the user.

WinConn development is supported by Synapse Ideas.


  • Create and manage remote application profiles
  • Access local folders from remote application
  • Local printer redirection
  • Remote sound redirection
  • Create desktop launcher for your applications
  • Remote applications integrated in Unity menu
  • Application indicator for fast app execution
  • Import profiles, created in Remmina
  • Import remote applications, packaged in RDP files


WinConn main

WinConn app


WinConn RemoteApp manager from Alex Stanev on Vimeo.

Windows host configuration

Windows Server 2008

Windows 7

  • Enable RemoteApp for all applications on Windows 7 by applying this reg file or check here

Windows Vista

Windows XP

Known issues and limitations

  • Clipboard redirection curerntly doesn't work
  • RemoteApp server functionality requires Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP1+, Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008. Check here for more information.


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:realender/winconn
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install winconn
Packages built for Presise (12.04) and Quantal (12.10)

Project resources

WinConn PPA
Translate WinConn
WinConn support
WinConn bugs


FreeRDP project
RemoteApp Tool
RemoteApp for Windows XP and Windows Vista, the missing pieces
How to setup FreeRDP from Linux (Ubuntu) to Windows 7
Ubuntu Linux


GNU General Public License v3