October 22, 2020 Lily Pham

How to connect to RDP file from Linux or Mac OS to Windows OS

The RDP file type is primarily associated with Remote Desktop Connection by Microsoft Corporation. An .RDP file contains all of the information for a connection to a terminal server, including the options settings that were configured when the file was saved.

You need suitable software like Remote Desktop Connection from Microsoft Corporation to open an RDP file. Without proper software you will receive a Windows message “How do you want to open this file?” (Windows 10) or “Windows cannot open this file” (Windows 7) or a similar Linux/Mac alert. 

If you are using Linux and Mac Operation System and cannot open the RDP file, this article shows you how to open an RDP file from Linux and Mac OS

1. Linux OS

First, you need to install Remmina on the computer you’ll use to access the other computer(s) remotely. If you’re using Fedora, you can run the following command to install Remmina:

sudo dnf install -y remmina

Launch Remmina by clicking on the icon. You should see a screen that resembles this:

Remmina offers several types of connections, including RDP, which is used to connect to Windows-based computers, and VNC, which is used to connect to Linux machines. As you can see in the top-left corner above, Remmina’s default setting is RDP.

To open an RDP file from Linux to Windows, you need to have Port numbers, Domain, user name, and password.

How to know your port number? Please follow this instruction here:

  • After your image has been booted successfully, you download your RDP file by clicking the button CONNECT on the user panel.
  • Next, click to show in folder, right-click the RDP file, select Edit
  • Then Remote Desktop Connection panel shows, you copy your port numbers as below

Now, to get access to the remote server from Linux, you need to enter as below

  • Your port numbers
  • Your user name
  • Your password
  • Domain: gpu.datacenter10.com

Finally, you can connect to the RDP file from Linux OS to Windows OS

2. Mac OS

Use Microsoft Remote Desktop for Mac to connect to a remote PC or virtual apps and desktops made available by your admin. With Microsoft Remote Desktop, you can be productive no matter where you are.

  • You open App Store, search Microsoft Remote Desktop and click Install
  • Or download Microsoft Remote Desktop app via this link from Microsoft Corporation to open an RDP file.

After installing Microsoft Remote Desktop on Mac, you open an RDP file as normal by entering your password

Reference: opensource.com

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