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Chicken is a VNC viewer, which means that it allows you to use a computer over a network as if you're sitting in front of it.

Chicken is based on Chicken of the VNC, but contains a number of bug fixes and some additional features.

As with Chicken of the VNC, Chicken features a full-screen mode, saving passwords in Keychain, mouse-button emulation for one-button mice, and many more options.

What's New

Version 2.2b2:
  • Fixed bug with changes to ssh host not being saved in some circumstances.
  • Reduce accesses to KeyChain while typing passowrd.
  • Some error message include the encoding which was likely responsible.
  • Correctly detect password prompt from ssh in more cases (thanks to Darren Oster for helping track this down).
  • Report error messages with establishing tunneled connection.


Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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Won Member IconComment+5

As of 2012-03-14, MacUpdate link is to previous version.

v 2.2b2 is at http://sourceforge.net/projects/chicken/files/latest/download

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Version 2.2b2

Thanks for the heads up Won, should be fixed now :)

Bluepolo Member IconReview+28

I used CotVNC back in the day, before Apple's own Screen Sharing became useable. I'm back on CotVNC now because I can full screen VNC into a machine running 10.6. Why do I need to do this? I have ONE just ONE application I need that is PPC. I could upgrade at $$$ but why?

One very minor nit: the keyboard commands to go full screen / windowed on the current beta aren't sticky. But thats very minor.

If you do use CotVNC instead of ScreenSharing don't forget you eed to put a VNC password into the ScreenSharing Preference pane on the host machine.

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Version 2.2b2
Libertyforall1776 Member IconComment+1130

I am unable to connect to (jailbroken with VNC added) iOS Apple TV -- anyone have config settings which allow this to work? JollysFastVNC does, however. TIA!

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Version 2.1.1
Chicken (Developer)

First, what VNC server are you using on the Apple TV? Second, what exactly happens when you try to connect with Chicken? Does it give you an error message? Have you checked the log file?


com.whatanutbar.exp 0.5 VNC Server for AppleTV 2G (AKA Exposed by http://brandon-holland.com)

Chicken errors: "Connection Terminated Unknown message type -1"

Here are the Mac console messages:
2/17/11 12:41:28 PM Chicken[440] Server reports Version 3.8
2/17/11 12:41:28 PM Chicken[440] Transport Pixelformat:
2/17/11 12:41:28 PM Chicken[440] trueColor = YES
2/17/11 12:41:28 PM Chicken[440] bigEndian = NO
2/17/11 12:41:28 PM Chicken[440] bitsPerPixel = 32
2/17/11 12:41:28 PM Chicken[440] depth = 32
2/17/11 12:41:28 PM Chicken[440] maxValue(r/g/b) = (255/255/255)
2/17/11 12:41:28 PM Chicken[440] shift(r/g/b) = (16/8/0)

Chicken (Developer)

I don't have an Apple TV, so I'm not sure I can debug this issue, but let me try with a couple more questions: Does it work in Chicken of the VNC? Is it always -1 in the error message? Is the connection window always black when you get the error, or does it ever bring up the screen before erroring out?


You should get one -- a lot of potential for $99 HW! ;-)
Well, it connects fine with both RealVNC Viewer on Mac also, but that has some control issues.

Chicken of the VNC connects just fine, just tried Chicken again and get a Protocol error... Connection screen IS always black.

Blacksmith_tb Member IconReview+56

It's great to see a an actively-maintained branch of CotVNC. It has some nice improvements over the original (while keeping the unbeatable price).

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Version 2.1
Grandlepton Member IconComment+7

Compared to Jolly, I find that

a) Lack of connection via SSH to the server.
b) No auto scroll in the window mode.
c) Supports transferring some hot keys to the server, for instance, changing spaces, etc. It is convenient in some cases.

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Version 2.1b3
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Downloads 19,225
Version Downloads 7,744
License Free
Date 19 Nov 2011
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free