Installing and Configuring Xming

Sometimes, it is useful to run graphical programs on the GAUL network from your Windows computer at home. For instance, you may be working on an assignment that uses a Graphical User Interface (GUI) and wish to test your code on the GAUL UNIX servers, but do not wish to come into the university to do so.

To facilitate this, you must install an X server on your Windows computer. This tutorial will assist you in downloading, installing, and configuring Xming — a freely available X server — for use.

Section 1: Installing Xming

This section will demonstrate how to download and install Xming on your Windows system.

At the time of this writing, Xming was available at http://www.straightrunning.com/XmingNotes/. If this link is broken, run a Google search for Xming to find the download site.

  1. Download the latest versions of both Xming and Xming-fonts from the page linked above. Be sure to download Xming using the link under the Public Domain Releases header and not the Website Releases header.

  2. Once downloaded, run the Xming executable file downloaded in the previous step (the Xming-fonts package will be installed in the next section). Click Next to skip the welcome screen.

  3. Choose a directory in which to install Xming, and take note of what you choose. The path you select will be needed in Section 2. Click Next.

  4. Select Full Installation from the drop down list, and be sure that the Normal PuTTY Link SSH client radio button is selected. Click Next.

  5. Click Next twice, and then click Install.

  6. Once installed, uncheck the Launch Xming checkbox, and click Finish.

Section 2: Installing Xming-fonts

In this section, you will install the Xming-fonts package downloaded in Section 1, which will provide Xming with fonts needed to properly display graphical UNIX applications running on university servers.

  1. Run the Xming-fonts executable file downloaded in Section 1. Click Next to skip the welcome screen.

  2. When prompted for an installation folder, be sure to choose the same directory in which you installed Xming in Section 1. Click Next.

  3. If you receive a warning indicating the installation folder already exists, click Yes to install Xming-fonts into that folder.

  4. Select Full installation from the drop down list, and click Next.

  5. Click Next and then Install to begin installing the package.

  6. Click Finish to exit the installer.

Section 3: Starting and Stopping Xming

In this section, you will see how to start and stop Xming.

  1. Click Start > All Programs > Xming > Xming.
  2. If this is your first time starting Xming, you may receive a Windows Security Alert. If so, be sure to check the Public networks checkbox, and click Allow access to allow Xming access to the Internet.

  3. Xming does not have a graphical user interface, but instead runs as a service in the background. You can verify that it is running by checking to see if the Xming icon is listed in the system tray, in the bottom right corner of the screen.

  4. To stop Xming at any time, right-click on its icon in the system tray, and select Exit.

Section 4 - Running Graphical Applications on GAUL from Home

See the Running Graphical Applications on GAUL from Home tutorial for details.