Chicken
Chicken
2.2b2

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Chicken2.2b2

18 January 2006

VNC viewer for accessing your Mac over a network.

Overview

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 in Chicken

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.

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51 Reviews of Chicken

4
Digital-Fury
21 January 2010
Version: 2.0b4

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It's a shame that Chicken of the VNC has not been updated for a while, but it is still working fine. People disapointed with JollysFastVNC's new (expensive) pricing should consider Chicken of the VNC. I believe most people will find it good enough and a more sensible option.
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Derekcurrie
05 April 2019
Version: 2.0b4
v2.2b is the current version, dated November 19, 2011. I still works on Mojave if you work around it not being certificate signed by Apple. It now called 'Chicken' and is available here at MU at:
https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/36208/chicken
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4
myy'q
07 September 2012
Version: 2.0b4
Chicken works reasonably well under Mountain Lion, except for full screen mode. The key combination that is shown to get out of it does not work, I had to kill the client connection from the VNC server. Also, full screen mode does not zoom the window nor use Lion's idea of full screen. Render quality with default settings is very good, and all keys from my German keyboard translate correctly. I am using version 2.2b2 from http://sourceforge.net/projects/chicken (thanks, Negritude!)
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Won
14 March 2012
Version: 2.2b2
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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5
Bluepolo
27 December 2011
Version: 2.2b2
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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Libertyforall1776
12 February 2011
Version: 2.1.1
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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4
Blacksmith-tb
14 January 2011
Version: 2.1
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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Grandlepton
29 December 2010
Version: 2.1b3
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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SickTeddyBear
19 December 2010
Version: 2.0b4
Development on CotVNC has been restarted under the name Chicken: http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/36208/chicken http://sourceforge.net/projects/chicken/
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4
Thebrain
11 December 2010
Version: 2.0b4
Gets the job done, even in Snow Leopard. The option-key must be used in order to get the command-keystroke on the remote host.
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Richard-Taytor
22 January 2010
Version: 2.0b4
Connected to a TightVNC server, I was seeing increasing latency, the input buffer growing faster than it shrinks. In CotV Preferences, pulling the "Frontmost Connection" slider down a notch or two solved the problem. Incidentally, CPU usage was not an issue.
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4
Digital-Fury
21 January 2010
Version: 2.0b4
It's a shame that Chicken of the VNC has not been updated for a while, but it is still working fine. People disapointed with JollysFastVNC's new (expensive) pricing should consider Chicken of the VNC. I believe most people will find it good enough and a more sensible option.
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Zeist
01 January 2010
Version: 2.0b4
It's a shame this app hasn't seen any development since 2006, would be nice to see this app improved a bit.
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2
Rene-Schickbauer
04 May 2008
Version: 2.0b4
Works ok with UtraVNC on the server side. Does NOT work with the vmware server running on linux ("connection failed" while other vnc clients work) Has major problems with "qemu -vnc" running on FreeBSD with experiencing (screen blanks at random intervals). I tried JollysFastVNC, wich worked fine for connecting to qemu. Also, "Chicken of the VNC" still uses a "Display" type field to specify the destination port and calculates 5900+Display as the port number. Connecting to VNC-Servers on non-standard ports < 5900 is therefore not possible. Why not just let the user enter a port number???
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5
Islandmacman
02 May 2008
Version: 2.0b4
Works well with my Macs. Thanks!
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SiCHIPS
03 April 2008
Version: 2.0b4
I have been using this program for about a month now and it does work OK on my 17 inch MacBook-Pro running native under Leopard. I have seen some situations where the window would not repaint while another VNC program did work fine. I only have 1 enhancement request: Provide the auto scaling based on window size as another program provides! I will probably keep both programs on my computer until this program has this feature.
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fahlman
03 March 2007
Version: 2.0b4
It's been over a year since this beta version of 2.0 was released. This is my favorite VNC viewer. I wonder if development is dead, it appears to be. Bummer.
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4.25
Threedee912
19 May 2006
Version: 2.0b4
A simple and fast VNC client, with Bonjour support.
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Ridogi
04 February 2006
Version: 2.0b4
There seems to be a bug that when clicking without any keys produces the effect of holding either command or control. So sometimes every click I make brings up a contextual menu (or a dock menu if I am launching an app from the dock), and sometimes clicking on an app in the dock opens the app's enclosing folder. This is for a mac --> mac connection, and I don't have any of the universal access options turned on such as sticky keys.
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4.25
Terevos
18 January 2006
Version: 2.0b4
Excellent. A much needed improvement over 2.0b3. (I had been using UltraVNC Server for the PCs at work - so I was not able to use the previous version because of the bug) This version is noticeably faster than previous versions. It rivals UltraVNC Client on Windows. More options - less buggy. Works great. It could use a little improvement on the interface, but it's pretty good as it is.
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Ionyz
18 January 2006
Version: 2.0b4
Haha, OK. I was wondering why URLs I was copying were losing characters. "HTTP" became "HTP", etc. Didn't notice till recently as I was using an older version. But anyway great application, and congrats on releasing a universal version.
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4.75
Daveysaxt
20 December 2005
Version: 2.0b3
Great app and fast, even across the internet it's better than other thyngs I could mention (but won't). One please, pleasel please is: Can we have a 'shrink to fit function' to allow a full desktop to be scaled into a window or the full screen (if the clients screen size is lower ) ?
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4.5
Anonymous
29 November 2005
Version: 2.0b3
I bit the bullet and downloaded Timbuktu Pro, hoping to get even better fullscreen display update performance from my Belkin gigabit networked Mac and Windows PC. It turns out that Chicken is at least as fast as Timbuktu Pro version 8.5 when running against TightVNC server on a PC machine. So don't waste your time trying TB2Pro - Chicken is just as fast.
(0)
5
Anonymous
23 August 2005
Version: 2.0b3
This app is very useful. Thank you for your work. Stable, fast.
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Anonymous
23 August 2005
Version: 2.0b3
The best! Still freezes when trying to contact computer over the internet, and the computer is not turned on. Have to forze quit.
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4.5
Anonymous
23 August 2005
Version: 2.0b3
Wow. I used to hate COTVNC because it was so buggy. But I have to say: this version is amazing -- it's so fast, and most importantly of all, the scroll wheel's supported! (Note: I run UltraVNC on my Win2k machine, and COTVNC works just fine with it.)
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4.5
popo
15 June 2005
Version: 2.0b2
Who cares what its called, its a fantastic app!!! Ive tryed out a few different remote control apps and this one is by far the best! Thanks for the great work, and for it being free.
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4.5
Jesse-Curry
03 June 2005
Version: 2.0b2
Oh, one last request. Could you add the ability to lock the other computers input? I often find myself playing dueling mice.
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4.5
Jesse-Curry
24 May 2005
Version: 2.0b2
I love this app, I use it all the time to keep myself off of the Windows machines on my network as much as possible. The only thing I would like to see would be the ability to scale a screen, I've started using Chicken of the VNC on a 12" iBook and find that unless I switch to full screen mode I have to do a lot of scrolling to get my work done, otherwise this is one of my favorite apps, thanks for developing it.
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5
Anonymous
16 May 2005
Version: 2.0b2
Just what I needed to get to a 2000 box at work. And it worked out of the box, no tweaking, really fast! Thanks for the great job.
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4.5
Anonymous
11 December 2004
Version: 2.0b2
Worst product name EVAR. Down there with "Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific" shampoo and "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!" nonbutter. But it works good with the misnamed Apple Remote Desktop "client," except for the Rendezvous auto-discovery, which doesn't.
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5
Anonymous
10 December 2004
Version: 2.0b2
suberb app!
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4.75
Anonymous
04 December 2004
Version: 2.0b2
Great peace of software, I've successfully connected to my imac and to a winxp from my iBook, remember to open port 5900 on the mac or pc running the vnc server. I'm using Chicken of the VNC 2.0b2 as a viewer, OSXvnc as a server on an iMac and Winvnc - 4.0 from RealVNC on a Windows xp SP2.
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3.5
Anonymous
20 October 2004
Version: 2.0b2
have tried a number of connection settings and sadly it's never managed to connect to either RealVNC or TightVNC servers running on a WinXP Home machine..... eventually displays a garbled screen shot but the moment you move the mouse the connection disconnects :( If it worked, I could live with the name, but sadly for the moment the more sensibly named VNCdimension works for me !
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Fyl
20 September 2004
Version: 2.0b2
When I use Chicken of the VNC 2 on my PowerMac to access my windows 2000 server I can't right mouse click. How do I emulate a right mouse click when using Chicken of the VNC 2 on my PowerPC?
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2.5
Anonymous
26 August 2004
Version: 2.0b2
This software crashes on me regularly using different Macs connecting to different RedHat machines. I cannot narrow down the problem, but I have emailed the author to no avail. As far as I can tell this is the best thing going on OS X in terms of a client, and it's free so I live with this crashing behavior.
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2.5
Daniel Bermudez
20 August 2004
Version: 2.0b1
Following problems showed up: 1- VNC Login Window: Click on the 'Profile' drop down list and nothing appears in the list. 2- Rendezvous won't see other computers running VNC servers in a local network. 3- Go to 'Connection+Connection Profiles': a) The resulting window does not show the compression options in the combo list under 'default'. b) Typing a new configuration instead of default and hitting 'New' won't add it into the configuration list. Network: Apple Airport Extreme VNC server: OSXvnc 1.4
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Eddy H.
19 August 2004
Version: 2.0b1
Instantly crashes on 10.3.5 iBook G4. So I'm gonna have to use the old version. Crashlog mailed to developers.
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Anonymous
18 August 2004
Version: 2.0b1
Looks like there are some issues with connection profiles in Chicken 2.0b1. The Bugs section of Chicken's website has work-arounds and suggestions. Sorry bout that! (This is what betas are for)
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Richard Blumberg
18 August 2004
Version: 2.0b1
I'm running 10.3.5 on an iMac and a PowerBook; loaded OSXvnc on iMac and started it up. When I start Chicken of the VNC on the PB, it crashes after throwing up the Connect dialog.
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Anonymous
18 August 2004
Version: 2.0b1
A few bugs to report in 2.0b1: - Possible incompatibility with preference file from 1.3.6 (removing it resolved a crash at launch time). - Profile Settings dialog has some major issues (encoding names not showing up, New button not working, etc.). - Custom port numbers sometimes do not stick when you first enter them in the VNC Login dialog. (After being successfully entered once, however, they do appear to stick.) Incidentally, COTVNC is my favourite VNC client. It makes a great complement to OSXvnc. I like the redesigned login dialog in 2.0, and I'm really happy the passwords are being remembered properly now (in the Keychain no less!). Keep up the good work.
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3.5
Anonymous
04 April 2004
Version: 1.3.6
Full screen mode disables command-tab toggling between OS X apps. Other VNC clients such as VNC thing do not do this.
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Anonymous
04 March 2004
Version: 1.3.6
I've been using Chicken of the VNC Somewhere around OS X 10.3.2, Chicken of the VNC stopped working. From the error, it appears that a change in the OS caused the problem. But, VNCThing works fine.
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5
Kgantz
13 December 2003
Version: 1.3.6
Works great! Has been a fixture on all my machines for some time..
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Anonymous
25 October 2003
Version: 1.3.6
Does anyone know of a client that supports "listen" mode?
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4.75
Anonymous
07 October 2003
Version: 1.3.6
Great VNC Client - fast. Would be nice to be able to Map keys from Windows in Preferences! No problems with Installer.
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4.75
Anonymous
10 September 2003
Version: 1.3.6
I like it! Simple interface and fast enough for daily use. I'm installing it on all my OS X machines.
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3.75
Anonymous
23 July 2003
Version: 1.3.6
The key combination for the full screen mode isn't working in my swiss-french keyboard. Next version should have the standard shortcuts to close the prog, and should have a more user friendly (and working worldwide) combination for the fullscreen mode: to close it I always have to use command - option - esc combination. It woluld be a greatg thing also to let the user save a connection. Besides these annoyances, the program is the only one that I know to access a VNC server, it's good and i hope that mentioned annoyances will be corrected soon.
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4.25
Anonymous
19 June 2003
Version: 1.3.6
Works great. Two annoyances, though: Command + q and Command + h don't work to quit/hide the app. The warning that pops up when you go to fullscreen mode can't be disabled.
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4.25
Anonymous
23 March 2003
Version: 1.3.6
This is one of the fastest MAC osX VNC viewers I have used. I do have one problem. When the tight protocol is enabled there seems to be a color map problem. Blue become red and so now.
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4.5
Nikwest
14 January 2003
Version: 1.3.5
My favorite VNC client ... lean and mean.
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Anonymous
30 October 2002
Version: 1.3.1
stuffit is un-gzipping this all wrong, its not an app, but a folder. i have stuffit expander 7.0.1 on jaguar, uhhhhh.... am i missing something here?
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