Release date: 
Friday, 27 September, 2019



Authors/Port authors:

RDESKTOP is a client for Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), used in a number of Microsoft products including Windows NT Terminal Server, Windows 2000 Server, Windows XP and Windows 2003 Server.

Some features are supported by this port:

  • Fullscreen mode
  • Sound output
  • SeamlessRDP mode
  • Clipboard redirection (text and images)
  • Directories redirection
  • Serial devices redirection

See also FreeRDP for a more complete implementation of the protocol.

This software is distributed as compressed package. You have to download and manually install it; if prerequisites are required, you will have to manually install them too.

Manual installation

Program is distributed as ZIP package: download to temporary directory and unpack to destination folder. See below for download link(s). See the included readme.os2 file for instructions.

You can install the prerequisites with rpm running the following string in a command line:

yum install libc libgcc1 gmp
Following links are to additional programs, not mandatory but useful:

Following ones are the download links for manual installation:

rdesktop v. 1.9.0 (21/9/2021, Andrey Vasilkin) Readme/What's new
Rdesktop for OS/2 & eComStation ------------------------------- This is the rdesktop port for OS/2 and eComStation. RDESKTOP is a client for Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), used in a number of Microsoft products including Windows NT Terminal Server, Windows 2000 Server, Windows XP and Windows 2003 Server. Main website of rdesktop http://www.rdesktop.org/ Installation ------------ 1. You need RPM/YUM. Type command: yum install libc libgcc1 gmp or use Arca Noae Package Manager to install these packages. You can download and install these libraries manually: http://rpm.netlabs.org/release/00/zip/libc-0_6_6-26_oc00.zip http://rpm.netlabs.org/release/00/zip/gcc-4_9_2_1-3_oc00.zip http://rpm.netlabs.org/release/00/zip/gmp-5_0_2-2_oc00.zip 2. You will need gnutls 3.5.8 and nettle 3.3. These libraries can be downloaded from Hobbes: http://hobbes.nmsu.edu/h-search.php?button=Search&key=gnutls http://hobbes.nmsu.edu/h-search.php?button=Search&key=nettle If you use YUM, please read article https://www.arcanoae.com/wiki/anpm/rpm-yum-best-practices/ to properly install these libraries. In particular a section called "Don't mix manually-installed packages (zips) with YUM or ANPM-maintained ones". 3. Optional. Rdesktop for OS/2 uses 'kiconv.dll'/'iconv2.dll'/'iconv.dll' or OS/2 Uni*() API (the first that will be found is used). You can download 'iconv2.dll' from Hobbes: http://hobbes.nmsu.edu/h-search.php?button=Search&key=libiconv-1.14 4. Install Rdesktop from WPI installation packet. Starting rdesktop ----------------- Simplest way to run Rdesktop. Drag a template Rdesktop out of the templates folder to the desktop or other folder and fill minimum required properties: host, user name and domain. Or you can create program object to launch RDP session. For example: Path and file name: * Parameters: /c RDESKTOP.EXE -g75p -r disk:home=D:\home -r clipboard:CLIPBOARD -r sound -u WinUser -p ChangeMe Working directory: C:\Programs\rdesktop For a full list of command line switches, type: rdesktop.exe -? Rdesktop for OS/2 specific features ----------------------------------- Improved clipboard support - formatted text and images are supported. Fullscreen and seamless modes can be toggled at any time using Ctrl-Alt-Enter. RDESKTOP_MODE environment variable: RDESKTOP_MODE=option1,option2... where options is: NORESIZE - Do not change size of remote desktop to local window size when user changes it. WINPOS - Output position and size of the window to stdout on window close: #winpos=X,Y,Width,Height . SHAREAUDIO - Enable audio device sharing. I do not think that this is a useful option. The audio device can be opened and closed by Rdesktop many times, to play each individual sound. Note that this environment variable is overridden by the Rdesktop WPS Object. Command line switch "-r comport:...": -r comport:COM2=com1 : enable serial device redirection of local com1 to COM2. Command line switch "-r clipboard:[PRIMARYCLIPBOARD|CLIPBOARD]" PRIMARYCLIPBOARD - Rdesktop will be informed whenever the local clipboard contents change ("clipboard viewer" mode). CLIPBOARD - Rdesktop will check changes in the local clipboard only when the window is activated. This mode is more preferable. Command line switch "-g[WxH|P%|W%xH%][@DPI][+X[+Y]]|workarea": The symbol '%' can be replaced by the symbol 'p'. --- Donations are most welcome! PayPal: digi@os2.snc.ru Andrey Vasilkin, 2016-2019 http://os2.snc.ru/ E-mail: digi@os2.snc.ru
Record updated last time on: 22/10/2021 - 19:36

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A new features: dynamic remote desktop resizing and improved clipboard support for formatted text.

This build of Rdesktop (25/6/2018) requires AVX CPU instruction set to be supported (may be used with OS/4 kernel).

Rdesktop no longer uses OpenSSL. Instead, library gnutls is used. See readme.os2.

Thank you Digi, record corrected!

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