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Ubuntu on Windows - running Synaptic and nautilus.png
Xming displaying Synaptic and Nautilus
Developer(s) Colin Harrison
Stable release, proprietary, public domain / February 16, 2013; 2 years ago (2013-02-16), proprietary
May 4, 2007; 7 years ago (2007-05-04), public domain
Operating system Microsoft Windows XP/2003/Vista/2008/7/2012/8
Type Display server
License Xming license[1] (proprietary software)
Website www.straightrunning.com/XmingNotes/

Xming is an X11 display server for Microsoft Windows operating systems, including Windows XP or later.[2][3][4]


Xming provides the X Window System display server, a set of traditional sample X applications and tools, and a set of fonts. It features support of several languages and has Mesa 3D, OpenGL, and GLX 3D graphics extensions[2] capabilities.

The Xming X server is based on Cygwin/X,[5] the X.Org Server. It is cross-compiled on Linux with the MinGW compiler suite and the Pthreads-Win32 multi-threading library. Xming runs natively on Windows and does not need any third-party emulation software.

Xming may be used with implementations of Secure Shell (SSH) to securely forward X11 sessions from other computers.[3] It supports PuTTY and ssh.exe, and comes with a version of PuTTY's plink.exe. The Xming project also offers a portable version of PuTTY.

The software has been recommended by authors of books on free software when a free X server is needed,[6][7] and described as simple[8] and easier to install though less configurable than other popular free choices like Cygwin/X.[9]

Newer releases[edit]

Donations must be made to download new releases, (since May 2007).[10] Making a donation or a purchase will allow the user access to new downloads for one year. However releases listed as "Public Domain" can still be downloaded with no donation, the same public releases are hosted on sourceforge.[11] As of writing this public release works on Windows 7 x64.

5. Private individuals using Xming non-commercially, who want to use Xming Website Releases as sole user, will be given access to them for one year after making a small Donation to help fund the replacement equipment needed to further Xming development.[1]

—Clarifications, XMing's Terms and Conditions

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Xming's Terms and Conditions". Xming. Retrieved October 13, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (2007-08-08). "Use Linux over Windows with Xming". Linux.com. Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  3. ^ a b David Mair (2006-11-22). "Xming - A X Server for Windows". Novell. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  4. ^ Xming X Server for Windows - Official Website
  5. ^ Xming Code
  6. ^ Van Vugt 2009:273
  7. ^ Garrido 2007:366
  8. ^ Iskander 2007:41
  9. ^ Peckar 2008:182
  10. ^ http://www.straightrunning.com/XmingNotes/#head-12
  11. ^ http://sourceforge.net/projects/xming/


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