VNC client

On your EC2 instance, if the OS is Ubuntu,

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
sudo apt-get install vnc4server
sudo apt-get install gnome-panel

Add the password.

Kill the process to modify the configuration:

vncserver -kill :1
vi .vnc/xstartup

Uncomment or add the following lines :

gnome-session -session=gnome-classic & gnome-panel&

Launch VNC again :


In the inbound configuration panel of the security group of your EC2 instance, add TCP 5901.

I would strongly advise you to use VNC for Chrome :

VNC for Chrome

You can also download a VNC viewer on your computer, such as realvnc vnc viewer.

Choose the right IP and port :

To secure the connection, create a SSH tunnel :

ssh -f USER@SERVER-IP -L 8443:localhost:5901 -N

and connect at your tunnel :

On Windows, you can also create the tunnel with PuTTY :

An alternative VNC client for Windows is TightVNC :

Well done!