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Wayland Remoting


Support desktop sharing under Wayland, with the same features and integration as under X11.


  • Name: Matthias Clasen, Jonas Adahl (mutter, gnome-remote-desktop), Wim Taymans (pipewire), Carlos Garnacho (control-center)
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  • Product: Workstation
  • Responsible WG: Workstation WG

Current status

  • Targeted release: Fedora 29
  • Last updated: 2018-06-19
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Detailed Description

We want to support desktop sharing under Wayland in the same way as under X11, by exporting the desktop via VNC. We aim to support authentication, authorization and encryption.

Benefit to Fedora

Desktop sharing has been a long-standing feature of Fedora Workstation that we've lost with the switch to Wayland. This change brings it back.


  • Policies and guidelines: N/A
  • Trademark approval: N/A

Upgrade/compatibility impact

If an upgraded system had desktop sharing enabled and is using the desktop session, the setting will now be respected (ie the desktop will actually be shared).

How To Test

Log into a Wayland session on Fedora Workstation. Enable desktop sharing. Verify that it works by connecting from another system. Test the options for user/passphrase/encryption as well.

User Experience

Desktop sharing works as it used to.


We need changes to the systemd configuration (socket-activation for pipewire), and we need changes to libvncserver (for encryption support).

Contingency Plan

If we don't get all the required changes in, we can support desktop sharing with a more limited feature set (e.g. without encryption).


The existing documentation for desktop sharing applies.

Release Notes

Desktop sharing via VNC is now fully supported under Wayland.