rdesktop(1)                                                        rdesktop(1)


       rdesktop - Remote Desktop Protocol client


       rdesktop [options] server[:port]


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


       -u <username>
              Username for authentication on the server.

       -d <domain>
              Domain for authentication.

       -s <shell>
              Startup  shell  for  the  user  -  starts a specific application
              instead of Explorer.

       -c <directory>
              The initial working directory for the user.  Often used in  com-
              bination with -s to set up a fixed login environment.

       -p <password>
              The  password  to authenticate with.  Note that this may have no
              effect if "Always prompt for password" is enabled on the server.
              WARNING: if you specify a password on the command line it may be
              visible to other users when they use tools like ps.  Use -p - to
              make  rdesktop  request  a  password  at  startup (from standard

       -n <hostname>
              Client hostname.  Normally rdesktop  automatically  obtains  the
              hostname of the client.

       -k <layout>
              Keyboard  layout  to  emulate.   This  requires  a corresponding
              keymap file to be installed.  The standard keymaps provided with
              rdesktop  follow the RFC1766 naming scheme: a language code fol-
              lowed by a country code if necessary - e.g.  en-us,  en-gb,  de,
              fr, sv, etc.  The default is en-us (a US keyboard).

       -g <geometry>
              Desktop   geometry  (WxH).  If  geometry  is  the  special  word
              "workarea", the geometry will be fetched from the extended  win-
              dow  manager hints property _NET_WORKAREA, from the root window.
              The geometry can also be specified as a percentage of the  whole
              screen, e.g. "-g 80%".

       -f     Enable  fullscreen  mode.  This overrides the window manager and
              causes the rdesktop window to fully cover  the  current  screen.
              Fullscreen mode can be toggled at any time using Ctrl-Alt-Enter.

       -b     Force the server to send screen updates as bitmaps  rather  than
              using higher-level drawing operations.

       -B     Use  the  BackingStore  of the Xserver instead of the integrated
              one in rdesktop.

       -e     Disable encryption.  This option is only needed (and  will  only
              work) if you have a French version of NT TSE.

       -E     Disable  encryption  from  client  to  server.   This  sends  an
              encrypted login packet, but everything after this is unencrypted
              (including interactive logins).

       -m     Do not send mouse motion events.  This saves bandwidth, although
              some Windows applications may rely on receiving mouse motion.

       -C     Use private colourmap.  This will improve colour accuracy on  an
              8-bit display, but rdesktop will appear in false colour when not

       -D     Hide window manager decorations, by using MWM hints.

       -K     Do not override window manager key bindings.  By default  rdesk-
              top attempts to grab all keyboard input when it is in focus.

       -S <button size>
              Enable  single  application  mode.  This option can be used when
              running a single, maximized application (via -s). When the mini-
              mize  button of the windows application is pressed, the rdesktop
              window is minimized instead of the remote application. The maxi-
              mize/restore  button  is  disabled.  For  this to work, you must
              specify the correct button size, in  pixels.  The  special  word
              "standard" means 18 pixels.

       -T <title>
              Sets the window title.

       -N     Enable numlock syncronization between the Xserver and the remote
              RDP session.  This is useful with applications that looks at the
              numlock  state, but might cause problems with some Xservers like

       -X <windowid>
              Embed  rdesktop-window  in  another  window.  The  windowid   is
              expected to be decimal.

       -a <bpp>
              Sets  the  colour  depth  for  the connection (8, 15, 16 or 24).
              More than 8 bpp are only supported when connecting to Windows XP
              (up to 16 bpp) or newer.  Note that the colour depth may also be
              limited by the server configuration.

       -z     Enable compression of the RDP datastream.  This  currently  only
              works for a colour depth of 8bpp.

       -x <experience>
              Changes  default  bandwidth  performance  behaviour for RDP5. By
              default only theming is enabled, and all other options are  dis-
              abled  (corresponding to modem (56 Kbps)). Setting experience to
              b[roadband] enables menu animations and  full  window  dragging.
              Setting experience to l[an] will also enable the desktop wallpa-
              per. Setting  experience  to  m[odem]  disables  all  (including
              themes).  Experience can also be a hexidecimal number containing
              the flags.

       -P     Enable caching of bitmaps to disk (persistent  bitmap  caching).
              This generally improves performance (especially on low bandwidth
              connections) and reduces network traffic at the cost of slightly
              longer  startup  and  some  disk space.  (10MB for 8-bit colour,
              20MB for 15/16-bit colour and 30MB for 24-bit colour sessions)

       -r <device>
              Enable redirection of the specified device on the  client,  such
              that  it  appears  on the server. Note that the allowed redirec-
              tions may be restricted by the server configuration.

              Following devices are currently supported:

       -r comport:<comport>=<device>,...
              Redirects serial devices on your client to the server. Note that
              if  you  need to change any settings on the serial device(s), do
              so with an appropriate tool before starting  rdesktop.  In  most
              OSes  you  would  use  stty. Bidirectional/Read support requires
              Windows XP or newer.  In Windows 2000 it will create a port, but
              it’s not seamless, most shell programs will not work with it.

       -r disk:<sharename>=<path>,...
              Redirects  a  path  to  the  share \\tsclient\<sharename> on the
              server (requires Windows XP or newer). The share name is limited
              to 8 characters.

       -r lptport:<lptport>=<device>,...
              Redirects  parallel devices on your client to the server.  Bidi-
              rectional/Read support requires Windows XP or newer. In  Windows
              2000  it  will  create a port, but it’s not seamless, most shell
              programs will not work with it.

       -r printer:<printername>[=<driver>],...
              Redirects a printer queue on  the  client  to  the  server.  The
              <printername>  is  the  name  of the queue in your local system.
              <driver> defaults to a simple PS-driver unless you specify  one.
              Keep  in  mind that you need a 100% match in the server environ-
              ment, or the driver will fail. The first printer on the  command
              line will be set as your default printer.

       -r sound:[local|off|remote]
              Redirects  sound generated on the server to the client. "remote"
              only has any effect when you connect to the console with the  -0
              option. (Requires Windows XP or newer).

       -0     Attach  to  the  console  of the server (requires Windows Server
              2003 or newer).

       -4     Use RDP version 4.

       -5     Use RDP version 5 (default).


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