JollysFastVNC
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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.
What's New
Version 1.48:
  • FIxed disconnect and possible crash on connecting to ScreenSharing server by adding a workaround for server sending incorrect multiscreen data
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.7 or later





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JollysFastVNC User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 1.x:
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Holypoly commented on 16 May 2013
Fixed mouse event bug on OS X 10.6 (build 1313608)

REQUIREMENTS
Intel, OS X 10.7 or later

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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)
[Version 1.46]


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Prince_Isaac commented on 03 Jan 2013
Who is "Jolly" and why is he fast? Curious minds really want to know.
[Version 1.44]


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Jweisbin reviewed on 09 Feb 2012
The app store version is still 1.3.2. Seems like the developer is not keeping the app store version current.
[Version 1.34]

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zoom.zoom replied on 08 May 2012
Developer does. It just takes Apple longer to approve updates.
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ChristopherPrice reviewed on 03 Jun 2011
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.
[Version 1.26]


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Ferndave reviewed on 22 Apr 2011
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.
[Version 1.24]


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Crucial reviewed on 08 Apr 2011
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.
[Version 1.22]


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Penguirl commented on 22 Oct 2010
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.
[Version 1.14]

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Bradsmith74 commented on 08 Nov 2010
I'm not sure if this is just a difference between OS versions, but in 10.6 the location of the built in screen sharing app is here:

/System/Library/CoreServices/Screen Sharing.app

Note that since Spotlight doesn't index files here, it can't be launched directly using Spotlight. You have to know where it is. Or, just find the remote computer by browsing to it via the Finder and then click Share Screen. Also, make sure that you've enabled screen sharing on the remote computer (System Preferences > Sharing > Screen Sharing).
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Penguirl replied on 08 Nov 2010
Thank you BRADSMITH74 for correcting my mistake, you are absolutely right. :-)
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Stephenej replied on 23 Apr 2011
The other way of accessing screen sharing is via the "Connect To Server" (command + k) while in the finder. Just either put in vnc:// and hit enter or vnc:// followed by the host (bonjour names work here) or ip address (no spaces of course after the foward slashes). You can then also drag the icon or right click Screen Sharing's icon and choose to keep it in the dock. No hunting around in the System folder.
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Bradsmith74 replied on 25 Apr 2011
Great tip Stephenej! I didn't know you could do that. Adding addresses to the Favorite Servers list is even easier than remembering where Screen Sharing.app is.
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Lvwolfman reviewed on 09 Oct 2010
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?
[Version 1.12]

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Lvwolfman commented on 10 Oct 2010
BTW, after some research, I found the problem with the screen refresh/repaint (or lack thereof).

I had to go into the desktop settings (Appearance and then Video Features I think) in Ubuntu and turn off all animations. Seems to be a conflict between Compiz and the VNC clients I've tried.

In any case, both JollyFastVNC and COTVNC now work flawlessly. Funny thing though, both are about the same speed now once the desktop comes up. JollyFastVNC is still superfast at getting the initial screen up and usable.
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Hayo commented on 06 Mar 2010
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.)
[Version 1.08]

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TomLoredo replied on 09 Apr 2012
The viewer is not really free (at least as of early 2012; the situation may have been different when this comment was posted in 2010). The standalone viewer does not require a license key, but if you read the license, it says:

The Software is to be used in conjunction with at least one licensed
copy of VNC Server Enterprise Edition or of any other RealVNC Server
product explicitly stated to qualify for use with the Software ("the
Server").

So it seems you are violating the license if you use the standalone viewer without also using a licensed version of one of their Server products.
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Jayhawkbabe reviewed on 12 Feb 2010
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.
[Version 1.06]


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truthhurts had trouble on 25 May 2008
After all this time it still doesn't support tunneled SSH connections properly. For instance:

Local: MacBook Pro, 1440x900
Remote: Mac Mini, 1024x768

ssh -L 5902:127.0.0.1:5900 mini

This will tunnel any request for port 5902 on the local machine to the remote mini over SSH (I use 5902 because I already have VNC servers running locally on 5900 and 5901). When I use JFVNC to connect, I get the picture of the remote system in a window the size of the local system. No other VNC client does this on any platform I've used (Ubuntu, UltraVNC, Palm microVNC, Apple's Screen Sharing, Chicken, etc).

Reported for the last six months at least, no progress. I'd really like to use this, but for now I just can't.
[Version 0.96.28]

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drady replied on 20 Jun 2008
E_Commerce: are you saying that JFVNC doesn't support tunneling by calling 'ssh -L ...' internally or that it does not support communication across an externally established tunnel?

thanks.
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truthhurts replied on 26 Jun 2008
It doesn't support it over an externally created tunnel. I don't see any built-in functionality for creating SSH tunnels in JFVNC.

Also, I've since seen this same behavior when connecting to UltraVNC on my Thinkpad, without an SSH tunnel. The screen shows up, but stretched to the size of the host machine.

This unfortunately makes this software completely useless for me.
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drady replied on 26 Jun 2008
External tunnels work for me.
Never had an issue with them with JFVNC since I started using it almost a year ago. Ex:

ssh -XC -L 5903:10.200.20.9:5903 user@some.host.com

Tunnels just fine for me.
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truthhurts replied on 17 Jul 2008
Modified for user name and IP's:
ssh -XC -L 5903:127.0.0.1:5900 jochs@mini

Deleted preferences and used default settings, other than IP's and ports (obviously).

Mini, Screen Sharing.app:
http://diamondsw.dyndns.org/Misc/JollysFastVNC/mini-screensharing.jpg

Mini, JollysFastVNC, direct connection:
http://diamondsw.dyndns.org/Misc/JollysFastVNC/mini-direct.jpg

Mini, JollysFastVNC, SSH tunnel:
http://diamondsw.dyndns.org/Misc/JollysFastVNC/mini-sshtunnel.jpg

Thinkpad, Screen Sharing.app (scrolls, as the Thinkpad screen is taller than my local screen):
http://diamondsw.dyndns.org/Misc/JollysFastVNC/thinkpad-screensharing.jpg

Thinkpad, JollysFastVNC, direct connection:
http://diamondsw.dyndns.org/Misc/JollysFastVNC/thinkpad-direct.jpg
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truthhurts replied on 17 Jul 2008
It's hard to tell in that last Thinkpad screenshot, but it is stretched horizontally. UltraVNC is the Windows VNC server.
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sjha had trouble on 06 Apr 2008
It is fast. But there is an annoying bug if you by mistake try to connect to the computer you are running the programme on - it seems to go into an unstoppable loop whereby it shows multiple copies of that machine's screen.
[Version 0.96.16]

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mumunol commented on 06 Apr 2008
What you call a loop is *natural* : if you get connected to your screen you are asking for displaying your screen in a window that is displaying your screen displaying your window that is displaying your screen displaying your window displaying your screen... This is not a bug this is like you being between two mirors. Try displaying a screen displaying something else than your screen and you will see that everything is fine !
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sjha replied on 07 Apr 2008
Yes, I see that you are correct. Chicken of the VNC displays the same behaviour.
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ericob replied on 07 Apr 2008
I don't think this is a "loop," I think it is infinite recursion.

A result can be technically correct, but still be *incorrect* as far as product usability is concerned. If the result of requesting a VNC connection to the same computer that the request comes from can never be completed, I consider that allowing that IS a bug.
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bcreighton had trouble on 12 Feb 2008
I just downloaded JollysFastVNC onto my powerpc g4 laptop, the 96.10 version. I've installed it, but when I click on it, the program almost immediately crashes, maybe 1 second. I tried the 96.8 version, same thing. I'm at a loss as to what the problem could be. Anyone have any ideas?
[Version 0.96.10]


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carmenm had trouble on 06 Feb 2008
Hi, i just downloaded the latest version but it didnt work with my server when cotVNC does.
my server is using the port 2900
The server type is set to other and my server has
encryption: Prefer On

The real problem is that i cant see the error message as disappear as soon as it appeared.
Could we have a log window?
This would be a great addition in order to "debug" connection problems

Anyway i hope i ll manage to have it work as i like jollyfastvnc a lot.

Thanks for your work
[Version 0.96.10]

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Jolly aka Patrick (developer) replied on 09 Feb 2008
In the Console all messages are logged. Open up Console.app ( /Applications/Utitlites ) and tell me what happens. My email is in the 'About...' panel.
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carmenm commented on 18 Feb 2008
I now tried with the console on, and here is the error message

2/18/08 9:15:46 AM JollysFastVNC[47394] VNCClient connectWithSocket: Caught ConnectionException: VNCClient start: major protocol version error
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Jolly aka Patrick (developer) replied on 18 Feb 2008
Ah, that's a good one. Which server are you using as it seems to be different. Can you e-mail me ? This way support is faster as I' m not reading macupdate all the time.

Regards - Patrick aka Jolly
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Maketso had trouble on 22 Dec 2007
Via JollysFastVNC, I'm *finally* able to connect to my father's PC remotely (very cool)...something that CotVNC would never seem to do (always timed-out first). CotVNC is relatively quick on my home LAN connecting to PCs.

I'm quite sure it is something I haven't gotten configured correctly, but JollysFastVNC (v0.96.6 & prior) is quite a bit slower in updating my Intel MacBook Pro screen. From a previous post, I tried connecting to the ethernet-connected PC next to my MacBook via the 192.168... address, but is is equally slow.

Any thoughts on what I can do to get to the point of realizing speed that the others enjoy?

Thank you, Maketso

Using HamachiX (v0.9 1B3 24) and OSXvnc (v1.71) in Mac OS 10.4.11. CotVNC is v2.0b2.
[Version 0.96.6]

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Maketso commented on 22 Dec 2007
PS. I have the window displaying in 50% size. I haven't been able to get anything but a white screen displayed in 100% size. The "server type" is set to "Other" for each PC, and the "Color Depth" is set to "16 bit". Everything else is "Default".

PSS. When first logging-in to any of the PCs (local or remote), it takes several minutes to get a screen image displayed. On the RealVNC server running on each PC, I have removed the wallpaper & background patterns.
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Jolly aka Patrick (developer) replied on 02 Jan 2008
Try a different VNC server. I'm using ultravnc and tightvnc on windows with very good performance. Some vnc servers are just not capable of handling the requests jollysfastvnc asks them for. Then those SERVERS are SLOW as they don't handle the requests correctly internaly.
If JollysFast is slower than any other client on the mac I'm pretty sure that it's the server. Drop me a mail and is can figure that one out.

Jolly
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Maketso replied on 02 Jan 2008
Hi Patrick...and, Happy New Year!

Thank you for both of your replies, as well as for your invitation to continue troubleshooting. I'll track down your email address and explore a solution with you a bit more...thank you.

I should have mentioned that I did already have the Server Type configured as "Other".

Can JollyFastVNC run as a server on a PC?

Thanks again, Maketso
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Jobby had trouble on 11 Sep 2007
Please could we have the "fullscreen" command NOT be Cmd-F? It's very annoying when you're trying to use "find" on the remote machine :)

(And is there any way to get the remote Mac to let me have a screen resolution of higher than 1024x768, or is it just restricting me to what the physical monitor is capable of? It feels insanely cramped, and I can't find a way to increase it...)
[Version 0.88a]

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Jolly aka Patrick (developer) replied on 11 Sep 2007
It's an alpha and those features will come.
Right now you can however use OS X 's capability of remapping the keys to whatever you like. So YOU CAN REMAP it to CMD-SHIFT-F if you like.

Patrick
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Jobby replied on 12 Sep 2007
Doh! Should have had a coffee first - fancy forgetting you could do that :)

Thanks for replying!

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Chealion rated on 23 May 2012

[Version 1.40]



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[Version 1.32]



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[Version 1.26]



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[Version 1.22]



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Sullenfish rated on 03 Jan 2011

[Version 1.16]


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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.




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