Networking Remote Monitoring TightVNC for Windows

TightVNC for Windows TightVNC for Windows 2.8.53 for Windows

by Constantin Kaplinsky

Avg. Rating 4.6 (69 votes)

File Details

File Size 2.0 MB
License Freeware
Operating System Windows (All)
Date Added
Total Downloads 12,217
Publisher Constantin Kaplinsky
Homepage TightVNC
Other Versions

Publisher's Description

TightVNC is a client/server software package allowing remote network access to graphical desktops. You may allow yourself to access your machine from everywhere provided that your machine is connected to the Internet. It is optimized to work over slow network connections such as low-speed modem links. Can work remotely almost in real time in most environments.

Latest Reviews

some guy

some guy reviewed v2.6.4 on Dec 20, 2012

nice program but the simplicity of TeamViewer makes it the winner in my book.. Try to talk to a 80 year old person on the other end to run tightvnc is a joke.

boaz

boaz reviewed v2.0 Beta 3 on May 4, 2010

I agree with some of the other reviewers. I have been using this for a long while, to help with family & friends computers. Some family lives over an hour away, and this has saved me many trips out to their homes. Remote desktop is nice, but it doesn't have the file copying features, that allow me to copy files between the 2 computers. The Beta version still has a few quirks (bugs), but that will hopefully be corrected once the final version comes out.

JWvanLohuizen

JWvanLohuizen reviewed v1.3.10 on Mar 15, 2009

Reverb is right.

I have been using this very good tiny piece of software for years. I have a server at home and it has saved running back and forth to see what was wrong and to maintain it every day seldom requiring me to go look. I tried a couple of others even paid ones that didn't have the speed and the same high quality of compressed graphics and missed some of the other features.

I too have to linkup to friends computers to troubleshoot, update software in the middle if the night while they slept. I have also explained how something works without the need to drive across town and sit in the drivers seat. Instead we can talk on the phone as they watch the cursor move across the screen.

The new improvements are are great. It seems that this software maintained annually which is better that some paid programs that only improve the gui when charging for a full upgrade. (Thanks Guys!!!)

My only desire is to see an ftp type transfer system that we can request to download folders and subfolders and to move files and at a much faster rate. (Pretty Please!!!)...

astovidiu

astovidiu reviewed v1.3.10 on Mar 10, 2009

Reverb you must have done extensive research to reach that conclusion.
Or your excitement over this piece of software is greater than your sense of reality.

SuzzyWoozy

SuzzyWoozy reviewed v1.3.10 on Mar 10, 2009

"Faster than Windows Remote Desktop" - well, that's simply a lie. The fastest remote connection tool is, unfortunately, Microsoft's one, followed by RemoteAnything, pcAnywhere and the rests of the VNC tools (Tight, Ultra, etc).
somewhere in this list there is also Radmin.
-- up to Vista, anyway, I'm not managing any Vista server so I cannot tell.

I suggest to check your facts before posting such a claim, or upgrade to the latest version of MSTCS.

For being freeware, easy to install, easy to access and, moreover, for doing a great job, I'll rate it 5.
(I still prefer the UltraVNC among all the VNC flavors tough).

Reverb

Reverb reviewed v1.3.10 on Mar 9, 2009

Probably one of the best freeware VNC apps out there. Faster than Windows Remote Desktop and easy to setup. Can run as a portable app off a USB flash drive or installed as a service. I use this constantly to troubleshoot PC's for friends/relatives computers once I have forwarded the correct ports on their routers. All you need to do is forward the default TCP ports 5800 & 5900 (or your custom port settings) and you're all set. You can also use the Java server/viewer to control via your web browser. I prefer the non-java method since it is much faster and uses less resources.

sn0wflake

sn0wflake reviewed v1.3.10 on Mar 9, 2009

Nice tool for certain tasks, but if you can use Windows Remote Desktop instead then do so.

boaz

boaz reviewed v1.3.10 on Mar 9, 2009

Nice remote control software. I'm glad to see some activity still with the project. I hope they get some of the issues regarding Vista worked out soon.

boaz

boaz reviewed v1.3.9 on May 8, 2007

Holy cow, I thought this project was dead! I'm glad to see them updating it again.

benoitdelmelle

benoitdelmelle reviewed v1.3dev7 on Aug 31, 2005

Very good and lightweight software. I use it to solve little problems on remote computers when a customer call me. Much faster than going at his/her home...

Avg. Rating 4.6 (69 votes)
Your Rating
some guy

some guy reviewed v2.6.4 on Dec 20, 2012

nice program but the simplicity of TeamViewer makes it the winner in my book.. Try to talk to a 80 year old person on the other end to run tightvnc is a joke.

boaz

boaz reviewed v2.0 Beta 3 on May 4, 2010

I agree with some of the other reviewers. I have been using this for a long while, to help with family & friends computers. Some family lives over an hour away, and this has saved me many trips out to their homes. Remote desktop is nice, but it doesn't have the file copying features, that allow me to copy files between the 2 computers. The Beta version still has a few quirks (bugs), but that will hopefully be corrected once the final version comes out.

JWvanLohuizen

JWvanLohuizen reviewed v1.3.10 on Mar 15, 2009

Reverb is right.

I have been using this very good tiny piece of software for years. I have a server at home and it has saved running back and forth to see what was wrong and to maintain it every day seldom requiring me to go look. I tried a couple of others even paid ones that didn't have the speed and the same high quality of compressed graphics and missed some of the other features.

I too have to linkup to friends computers to troubleshoot, update software in the middle if the night while they slept. I have also explained how something works without the need to drive across town and sit in the drivers seat. Instead we can talk on the phone as they watch the cursor move across the screen.

The new improvements are are great. It seems that this software maintained annually which is better that some paid programs that only improve the gui when charging for a full upgrade. (Thanks Guys!!!)

My only desire is to see an ftp type transfer system that we can request to download folders and subfolders and to move files and at a much faster rate. (Pretty Please!!!)...

astovidiu

astovidiu reviewed v1.3.10 on Mar 10, 2009

Reverb you must have done extensive research to reach that conclusion.
Or your excitement over this piece of software is greater than your sense of reality.

SuzzyWoozy

SuzzyWoozy reviewed v1.3.10 on Mar 10, 2009

"Faster than Windows Remote Desktop" - well, that's simply a lie. The fastest remote connection tool is, unfortunately, Microsoft's one, followed by RemoteAnything, pcAnywhere and the rests of the VNC tools (Tight, Ultra, etc).
somewhere in this list there is also Radmin.
-- up to Vista, anyway, I'm not managing any Vista server so I cannot tell.

I suggest to check your facts before posting such a claim, or upgrade to the latest version of MSTCS.

For being freeware, easy to install, easy to access and, moreover, for doing a great job, I'll rate it 5.
(I still prefer the UltraVNC among all the VNC flavors tough).

Reverb

Reverb reviewed v1.3.10 on Mar 9, 2009

Probably one of the best freeware VNC apps out there. Faster than Windows Remote Desktop and easy to setup. Can run as a portable app off a USB flash drive or installed as a service. I use this constantly to troubleshoot PC's for friends/relatives computers once I have forwarded the correct ports on their routers. All you need to do is forward the default TCP ports 5800 & 5900 (or your custom port settings) and you're all set. You can also use the Java server/viewer to control via your web browser. I prefer the non-java method since it is much faster and uses less resources.

sn0wflake

sn0wflake reviewed v1.3.10 on Mar 9, 2009

Nice tool for certain tasks, but if you can use Windows Remote Desktop instead then do so.

boaz

boaz reviewed v1.3.10 on Mar 9, 2009

Nice remote control software. I'm glad to see some activity still with the project. I hope they get some of the issues regarding Vista worked out soon.

boaz

boaz reviewed v1.3.9 on May 8, 2007

Holy cow, I thought this project was dead! I'm glad to see them updating it again.

benoitdelmelle

benoitdelmelle reviewed v1.3dev7 on Aug 31, 2005

Very good and lightweight software. I use it to solve little problems on remote computers when a customer call me. Much faster than going at his/her home...

Maverick_16

Maverick_16 reviewed v1.3dev7 on Aug 30, 2005

5 Stars all da way... excellent vnc and the devcelopers are awsome.
Again, DFMirage driver is a must for anyone using TightVNC.

sn0wflake

sn0wflake reviewed v1.3dev7 on Aug 30, 2005

I'll give this app a 4 star rating. The best VNC fork though is UltraVNC which I'd give a 5 star rating.

GBH

GBH reviewed v1.3dev7 on Aug 30, 2005

I use VNC pretty much exclusively at work, its great.

TightVNC is a great version however I admit that for Windows based systems with active directory Ultra VNC is probably the best (it includes the Tight encoding developed by TightVNC).

To its credit I run TightVNC on all of my linux boxes.

ChadL

ChadL reviewed v1.3dev6 on Dec 6, 2004

VNC is nice, however it is too much work to have to get SSH working just to use encryption. I use VNC because it has more security, and can map drives, etc.

mosza

mosza reviewed v1.3dev5 on Aug 28, 2004

I've been using all kinds of VNC clones since ages. They improve every so often. TightVNC was a big improvement in terms of security and speed. I recommend it, although if you need remote control on the Windows platform try out UltraVNC. Since VNC communicates over a single port, it can be used from behind a firewall with good qualities, which is not as easy with Microsoft's built-in Remote Desktop. Authentication and session encryption vary between clones, but I would definitely vote for one of these VNC clones.

mcm

mcm reviewed v1.3dev5 on Jun 16, 2004

TightVNC works really well for me. A must download for this version is the DFMirage driver. Once installed the image on the viewer is updated almost immediately.

http://prdownloads.sourc.../vnc-tight/dfmirage.zip

dan99

dan99 reviewed v1.3dev5 on Jun 6, 2004

i used VNC softwares since many years ... and one day i found UltraVNC ... try it ... and you'll change your mind ...

funky303

funky303 reviewed v1.3dev5 on Jun 6, 2004

TightVNC is really good, i used it quite often on multiple machines. Although even this version has a funny error, which also was in the previous beta and happend on different machines with win2k & XP, with different SPs & patches: when sending CTRL+ALT+DEL via the buttons the VNC server on the machine you were accessing crashes.

But since i found Ultr@VNC, which is also freeware and has a special network graphics driver who speeds up viewing on dialup and all other connection AND has the possibility to encrypt all transfers with a small & easy plugin without having to install SSL, putty and other progs.

get it at sourceforge:

http://www.ultravnc.com/...ltravnc.sourceforge.net/

slks

slks reviewed v1.3dev5 on Jun 6, 2004

It's nice, but i like the one supplied with Windows more.
Its faster, better looking, transfers less, and i can login with my local usernames, and map printers,drives, sounds etc...

BlackB1rd

BlackB1rd reviewed v1.3 dev1 on Apr 1, 2003

Smooth! Just very smooth :)
I like the JPEG compression, works visibly faster than the original RealVNC. Lovely to see such software for free!

ook

ook reviewed v1.3 dev1 on Mar 25, 2003

I gave up on pcAnywhere and now I use TightVNC on all of my machines. Beware the desktop scaling option, it can BSOD windows. Also, performance is very very poor on Win98 boxes. If you can work within those limitations, then this is an excellent product.

snol

snol reviewed v1.2.7 on Dec 14, 2002

I use VNC all the time for checking email on my home computer from work, etc. Not mentioned in the description is that it can set up a web server specifically to serve a Java applet which is a full-featured VNC client -- real nice to be able to use your computer from anywhere with a web browser with Java. TightVNC is a good version, basically like the official (realvnc.com) but with a few more compression options. Only thing I'd like to see would be encryption that is usable with the java client without having to install additional software on the client computer - that would make the package complete.

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