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JollysFastVNC
JollysFastVNC
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JollysFastVNC overview

JollysFastVNC is a leading virtual network computing (VNC) app for Mac.

No matter where you are, JollysFastVNC gives you a solid and secure remote connection to your Mac. Finally, you'll have the freedom to roam.

Your Mac, accessible from anywhere

  • More ways to connect. JollysFastVNC is more than a VNC client. It also supports Apple Remote Desktop.
  • More security. When using VNC, security is essential. JollysFastVNC features built-in support for SSH tunneling, SSL, and SOCKS.
  • More flexibility. Need to login from a Windows machine, create multiple connections, or support a multi-monitor setup? JollysFastVNC does it all.
Features:
  • Fast.
  • Secure - SSH tunneling, SSL, SOCKS support inbuilt.
  • Mac login, keyboard, pasteboard, remote screen lock and monitor selection support.
  • Windows login and domain login support.
  • Multiple connections, fullscreen, multi-monitor support.
  • SmartZoom for viewing large remote desktops.
  • International keyboard support
  • Reverse connections including automated Nat-PMP / UPnP port opening on routers.
  • WakeOnLan support.
  • Global/Specific hierarchical preferences.
  • Bonjour including auto connection to Bonjour hosts.
  • Remote cursor support - including smartzoom movement.
  • Automatic pasteboard synchronisation.
  • vnc:// and jfvnc:// url schemes for opening vnc connections from other programs.
  • VNC encodings ZRLE, Tight, zlib, rre, hextile, raw, copyrect, resolution change, pixel format change, lastrect and some more.

What’s new in version 1.58

Updated on May 07 2020

Version 1.58:
  • Updated to use notarized app.
View older JollysFastVNC updates

Information

License

Demo

Size

7 MB

Downloads

153928

App requirements

  • Intel 64
  • macOS 10.12.0 or later
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Holypoly
Holypoly
May 16 2013
1.46
0.0
May 16 2013
0.0
Version: 1.46
Fixed mouse event bug on OS X 10.6 (build 1313608) REQUIREMENTS Intel, OS X 10.7 or later ?? There are separate versions for Snow Leopard and for Lion and higher, respectively: http://www.jinx.de/JollysFastVNC_files/JollysFastVNC.current.dmg (version 1.4.6 for 10.7+) http://www.jinx.de/JollysFastVNC_files/JollysFastVNC.1.46.%281313608%29.10.6.dmg (also version 1.4.6, but for 10.6 only)
Prince-Isaac
Prince-Isaac
Jan 4 2013
1.44
0.0
Jan 4 2013
0.0
Version: 1.44
Who is "Jolly" and why is he fast? Curious minds really want to know.
Jweisbin
Jweisbin
Feb 9 2012
1.34
4.0
Feb 9 2012
4.0
Version: 1.34
The app store version is still 1.3.2. Seems like the developer is not keeping the app store version current.
ChristopherPrice
ChristopherPrice
Jun 3 2011
1.26
5.0
Jun 3 2011
5.0
Version: 1.26
I finally purchased a license via the App Store. I've been using this in demo mode for a long time. For Mac to remote Gnome desktop on a CentOS server, nothing else I've tried has come close to the performance and ease-of-use of Jollys. Thanks for an excellent product, dev.
Ferndave
Ferndave
Apr 22 2011
1.24
5.0
Apr 22 2011
5.0
Version: 1.24
Thank you for a Home version! I didn't know it existed until Crucial's comment. I've been using JollysFastVNC since the .9x days to connect to a headless media server. It did everything I needed, but $40 was a bit steep to avoid the trial nag. $10 for the Home version? Sold.
Crucial
Crucial
Apr 9 2011
1.22
4.5
Apr 9 2011
4.5
Version: 1.22
Before I praise the product, I have to praise the products support. I was having problems with the trial version of the software. It connected to my host machine first time without having to mess with any preferences or router settings, I could see my host, but not control it. I emailed support and received a helpful reply three minutes latter. Local time for the developer was 23:30 hours. Did what the developer suggested and my problem was solved (set the remote host to screen sharing, turn off remote management). In addition to testing JollysFastVNC I also tried Chicken of the VNC 2.1.1. The Chicken would not even let me log into my remote server and gave me a cryptic error message. When I tried the Chicken with a machine on my LAN that I regularly access with built in Screen Sharing I got the same cryptic error. I deleted the Chicken within 5 minutes of installing it. I don't want to waste my time on something like that when JollysFastVNC connected first time, has a plethora of easily accessible settings that makes sense, and support that is there when you need it. Is JollysFastVNC fast? I can't answer that as the Chicken was dead on arrival, and I have yet to compare it with LogMeIn, although LogMeIn has never felt fast in the past. After my short test I immediately purchased the Home edition that is available on the MacApp store for $10. The difference between home and pro editions is that the home will only store seven hosts, and is meant for non-commercial use. The pro allows unlimited hosts, and commercial use, all other features are the same. If there is one thing that could be improved it would be the documentation. Adding a short tutorial or list of what settings to use in System Preferences on the remote machine would be very useful, as would a troubleshooting section for dealing with stubborn router settings.
Penguirl
Penguirl
Oct 22 2010
1.14
0.0
Oct 22 2010
0.0
Version: 1.14
For those needing a free VNC viewer, 10.5 Leopard (and probably other versions too) have one pre-installed at /System/Library/Screen Sharing.app For those who don't know what they're doing, leave everything else in /System/Library alone. Seriously.
Lvwolfman
Lvwolfman
Oct 9 2010
1.12
4.0
Oct 9 2010
4.0
Version: 1.12
I needed a way to get to my Ubuntu 10.4LTS box at work. So I enabled Ubuntu's screen sharing (VNC). Then realized I didn't have Chicken of the Sea installed any longer. Teamviewer works excellent but I forgot to start it before leaving the office. So I'd heard how fast JollyFastVNC is. Downloaded it, copied to my apps folder and ran it. It immediately filled in the server list with my work machine. (I use Logmein hamachi so it is on my "local" network via vpn over DSL.) Clicked the "connect" button, entered the password and BAM! there was my Ubuntu desktop! Only one problem so far. The remote screen will NOT refresh. I have to close the connection and then reconnect to see the changes. All I see movement-wise are the mouse pointers. Yes, two. My local pointer and the one on the remote screen moving as a pair, just slightly offset. So I tried cotvnc (Chicken of the VNC) 2.0b4. Much slower to display and no screen refresh on it either. So it's an issue with Ubuntu's server. BTW, Cotvnc saw the server automatically as well. Oh well... Both work well enough I think to get TeamViewer started. Bottom line, JollyFastVNC is noticeably faster than cotvnc. The question we each have to face is: Is active support and speed worth US$40?
Hayo
Hayo
Mar 6 2010
1.08
0.0
Mar 6 2010
0.0
Version: 1.08
After using this from it's early realise I found it good, development was fast and Jolly was receptive to issues. I could accept a price on this product but he choose to double the most you could ask for this. People have mentioned Chicken but you could try the built in Apple 'Screen Sharing App. (/System/Library/CoreServices/Screen Sharing) Or goto the Real VNC website and proceed to the downloads. Choose the Enterprise version and download the trial for OSX. Only the server is to pay for. Viewer is free. (You don't need to fill in your details.)
Jayhawkbabe
Jayhawkbabe
Feb 13 2010
1.06
5.0
Feb 13 2010
5.0
Version: 1.06
I have used a variety of VNC clients and this is the slickest, most feature rich one out there. The management of multiple screens, smart zoom, and ability to call the program from scripts put it heads above the rest. The price is a bit steep, but the renewable free license is very generous. I was happy to purchase a license to support a great product.
Sofabutt
Sofabutt
Jan 5 2010
1.00
4.5
Jan 5 2010
4.5
Version: 1.00
If the coice is between this and that bird flavored option I'd choose JollyFast hands down. This program has worked very well for me through the beta cycle. It is very fast and simple.
ChristopherPrice
ChristopherPrice
Jan 2 2010
1.00
5.0
Jan 2 2010
5.0
Version: 1.00
$40 is a lot, but not an outrageous amount for an uncontested best-in-class utility. Especially true since there is a way to easily use it for free (90-day trials) if you don't use it regularly, which is better than persistent nag-ware in my opinion. I connect to remote linux servers, rather than other OSX machines, so Apple's screen sharing is not an option. Chicken is decent, but too slow and resource intensive for my applications. I'm going with 1.0 trial now and I'll decide if I use it frequently enough to justify the price later.
Tournesol
Tournesol
Jan 1 2010
1.00
0.0
Jan 1 2010
0.0
Version: 1.00
You guys obviously haven't read the small print when updating to 1.0. The app is till entirely free for everyone to use. All it requires is to activate a trial serial number every 90 days. Thats a very small annoyance to get this most excellent app for free. This is perfect for people that do not use the app professionally. The activation is perfomed buy a single click in a new top menu itm called, you guessed it, licence.
Zeist
Zeist
Jan 1 2010
1.00
0.0
Jan 1 2010
0.0
Version: 1.00
My recommendation to the people who want to use this app would be to get 0.98.44 from: http://mac.brothersoft.com/jollysfastvnc.html
Paepcke
Paepcke
Jan 1 2010
1.00
0.0
Jan 1 2010
0.0
Version: 1.00
40$ ... no way! goodbye Jolly! The VNC code is based on Freeware, the VNC protocol is open source! What´s next? You are planning to release a "improved" Linux Distribution for 4000$ ?
Nick-Lo
Nick-Lo
Jan 1 2010
1.00
0.0
Jan 1 2010
0.0
Version: 1.00
This does work better than Apple's screen sharing, however, I also have to agree that $40 seems expensive for what feels more like a utility than a fully blown application. Compare its pricing to other software like, for example, BusyMac's Busysync and BusyCal which are $25 and $40 respectively. JollysFastVNC feels more comparable to Busysync in functionality than it does BusyCal. BusyCal also has discounts for multiple orders, further reducing the price. It's also not clear on whether $39.90 is the early bird price minus the 30% and therefore we can expect that the price will go even higher, or if the discount is applied to $39.90 when ordering? I'm happy to pay for shareware where it adds value. This software does but I don't feel it adds $40 per user (I'd need more than one license) more value than just using Apple's screen sharing. Especially as OS X 10.7 is likely to be on the table mid next year and I'd expect screen sharing to improve with that.
Buhbye
Buhbye
Dec 31 2009
1.00
0.0
Dec 31 2009
0.0
Version: 1.00
It usually worked pretty well for me. Generally better than ChickenOfTheVNC... but $40 better? No. That price is utterly ridiculous. For my own simple needs, Leopard and Snow Leopard's screen sharing between my systems is perfectly adequate, so I won't miss JollysFast. For anyone who depended on a more robust client, I can sympathize with both the need to charge and the outrage over the price. $40 is simply obscene. $10 would probably sell more than 4x as many licenses AND not incur the public backlash. Great little app, extremely poor pricing decision.
Egn
Egn
Dec 31 2009
1.00RC1
0.0
Dec 31 2009
0.0
Version: 1.00RC1
I've used JollysFastVNC for years. That means I did not have to pay for any other VNC software in all that time. So I saved $$$ and so did all the others who used it. So don't come whining now about how awful it is that this developer wants to finally make some money from the product he has worked on for so long. I never sent in a bug or error report. Never had to. All of us knew it was beta and used it, and saved. So those stingy enough not to want to pay now go ahead and use Chicken of the VNC which is from Jan 2006! Bet if you can't even shell out $40 something for this you certainly won't buy ARD which is almost $300! Or use macPorts and go though all the install hell, extra disk space, etc. to get some VNC app to work. You can't expect to have any good software if it is all free forever. People have to pay bills! I'm buying this!
Piper555
Piper555
Dec 24 2009
1.00RC1
5.0
Dec 24 2009
5.0
Version: 1.00RC1
I've been impressed with the level of forward movement in the development curve of this fantastic software!! The developer(s) appears to have poured themselves into the solid release of JollysVNC and I look forward to helping fund further development by purchasing a license. I hope the monies will be incentive for a possible iPhone VNC app too...(wishing out loud) I'm disgusted by the people posting their anger for having to actually pay for the fruits of this developer's labor. This VNC app has been invaluable for my needs and I would gladly sign up for a license to ensure its continued development. For these people who believe they are entitled to ad infinitum freeware: 1. What have you done to fulfill the need for a wonderfully supported VNC client? Please, provide a link to YOUR offerings so we can avail ourselves of YOUR VNC freeware. 2. Why is this bait and switch?...WTF! Do you honestly believe this developer owes you something? Tell me you don't take free samples in the grocery store then, if you enjoyed it, buy that product. 3. For those using this software to support their profit making businesses...start giving all your stuff away and I'll shed a tear for your pain. Your IT guy gets a paycheck...so should the developers of the software you use. 4. When you finally get off government funded welfare you can put your free cheese down and celebrate your good fortune by buying a license.
Blacksmith-tb
Blacksmith-tb
Dec 23 2009
1.00RC1
0.0
Dec 23 2009
0.0
Version: 1.00RC1
Perhaps the general outrage would be dampened if the price were posted, either here on MU or on your site? I know I find it hard to gauge the value of a shareware app when I'm not sure how much it costs...
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