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Comparison of X11 servers on Windows

posted May 11, 2019, 6:52 AM by Teng-Yok Lee

NOTE: The column Easy so use is based on the amount of configurations needed after installation. More * means more effort. So far it seems that VcXsrv is the best one in terms of all main features I need.

Software Installation Price/ license Clipboard Resizing of windows? OpenGL Easy to use Notes
VcXsrv A single installer. FREE GPL3 Yes Yes Yes w/o native opengl. **
  • Might be blocked by old Micro Trend.
  • Should disable native opengl.
MobaXTerm A single installer. FREE Failed? Yes Yes w/o X extensions. ***
  • For heavy PowerPoint users, it would be better to remove the hotkey Ctrl+M. Ctrl+M is also used to insert new slides in PowerPoint, but by default MobaXTerm grab this hotkey.
  • Better to disable X extensions for OpenGL.
  • See more limits of the free version HERE

$69/yr per user ? ? ? ?
Xming A single installer. FREE Yes No Yes *
  • Or try older versions (REF)?

$20/yr ? ? ? ?
cygwin/X Multiple cygwin packages



Yes Yes Yes with limited & incorrect color depth *****
  • See installation guide HERE.
  • More complicated to configure (e.g. for putty, need to manually specify the path t .Xauthority for each configuration).
  • Might be blocked by old Micro Trend.
  • If the X server restarts, current SSH session will fail and need to re-connect.