A VNC server is included in every edition of Mac OS X, including Mac OS X 10.6 - aka Snow Leopard. You can start the server through a hidden check box in the Sharing preferences.
This article refers to Mac OS X 10.6, aka Snow Leopard. More recent versions are available on our VNC on Mac OS X page.
A VNC server lets you control your Mac from another computer using the VNC protocol. With recent editions of Mac OS X, Apple has moved to a more sophisticated method of screen sharing. However, a traditional VNC server is still included but is turned off by default.
Starting the Mac OS X VNC Server
- Launch the System Preferences.
- Select the Sharingpreferences.
- Enable Screen Sharing within the Servicelist.
- Click Computer Settings…to show the VNC password setting.
- Enable VNC viewers may control screen with password:.
- Enter a strong password.
- Click OK to save your settings.
Your Mac is now running a traditional VNC server. You can now connect to your Mac using a VNC client running on another Mac, Windows, or Linux computer.