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Developer(s) the FreeRDP team
Initial release 2009[citation needed]
Preview release 1.0.2[citation needed]
Operating system FreeBSD, Linux, OpenBSD, OS X, Solaris, Cygwin for Windows
Type Microsoft Remote Desktop Services client
License Apache License since 0.9, GPL for older

FreeRDP is a free, open source implementation of the RDP protocol,[1][third-party source needed] according to the Microsoft Open Specifications. It is released under the Apache License and is available on OS X (via X11), Cygwin for Microsoft Windows, OpenBSD, FreeBSD, Linux, Solaris.

FreeRDP was forked in 2009 from rdesktop with the aim of modularizing the code, addressing various issues, and implementing new features.


As of January 2013, FreeRDP implements a large subset of the RDP 8.0 protocol,[2][3] including:

  • RemoteFX
  • RemoteApp
  • Clipboard redirection
  • Multimedia redirection
  • Disk redirection
  • Parallel port redirection
  • Serial port redirection
  • Printer redirection
  • Smart card redirection
  • Sound redirection
  • Network Level Authentication (NLA)
  • Desktop Composition
  • Remote Desktop Gateway
  • Multi-touch
  • USB redirection


FreeRDP is commonly used on desktop Linux installations to connect to Microsoft Windows computers running Remote Desktop Services, including Windows XP Professional, Windows 2000 Terminal Server, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

Furthermore it is the first remote desktop backend of Weston, the reference compositor of Wayland.[4]

FreeRDP is provided as linkable libraries but is also included in a number of dedicated RDP clients and remote desktop solutions.


The FreeRDP project moved from using GPLv2 to Apache License 2.0 between versions 0.x and 1.x.[5]

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