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Original author(s)Alexander Gottwald (2004–2005)[1]
Developer(s)Alexander Gottwald (?–2005)[2][3]
Colin Harrison(2005 - present)[4]
Initial releaseNovember 9, 2004; 19 years ago (2004-11-09)
Stable release, proprietary, MIT License / August 31, 2015; 8 years ago (2015-08-31), proprietary
May 4, 2007; 16 years ago (2007-05-04), MIT License
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows XP/Server 2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/Server 2012/8.x/10
TypeDisplay server
LicenseProprietary software[5]

Xming is an X11 display server for Microsoft Windows operating systems, including Windows XP and later.[6][7][8]


Xming provides the X Window System display server, a set of traditional sample X applications and tools, as well as a set of fonts. It features support of several languages and has Mesa 3D, OpenGL, and GLX 3D graphics extensions[6] capabilities.

The Xming X server is based on Cygwin/X,[9] 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.[7] 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. When SSH forwarding is not used, the local file Xn.hosts must be updated with host name or IP address of the remote machine where the GUI application is started.

The software has been recommended by authors of books on free software when a free X server is needed,[10][11] and described as simple[12] and easier to install though less configurable than other popular free choices like Cygwin/X.[13]

Transition to proprietary license[edit]

Since May 2007, payment must be made to download new releases.[14] Purchasing a license will allow the user access to new downloads for one year; however, MIT-licensed releases (referred to by the author as "public domain" releases) can still be downloaded with no payment on SourceForge.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Alexander Gottwald - mingw only xserver". sourceware.org.
  2. ^ "Alexander Gottwald - New Cygwin/X and Xming maintainer wanted". sourceware.org.
  3. ^ "Xming - Freedesktop.org". 5 December 2004. Archived from the original on 2004-12-05.
  4. ^ Free as a Bird - Linux GUI with Xming, A Prisoner of Windows LG #129 ( August 2006), Linux Gazette - Xming is a port of the X.org X11 server to the Windows environment, currently maintained by Colin Harrison who took over from Alexander Gottwald.
  5. ^ "Xming's Terms and Conditions". Xming. Retrieved October 13, 2009.
  6. ^ a b Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (2007-08-08). "Use Linux over Windows with Xming". Linux.com. Retrieved 2009-06-08.
  7. ^ a b David Mair (2006-11-22). "Xming - A X Server for Windows". Novell. Archived from the original on 2009-05-30. Retrieved 2009-06-09.
  8. ^ Harrison, Colin. "Xming X Server for Windows - Official Website". wayback.archive-it.org. Archived from the original on 2012-10-10. Retrieved 2017-03-23.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  9. ^ Harrison, Colin. "Xming X Server for Windows - Code". www.straightrunning.com.
  10. ^ Van Vugt 2009:273
  11. ^ Garrido 2007:366
  12. ^ Iskander 2007:41
  13. ^ Peckar 2008:182
  14. ^ Harrison, Colin. "Xming X Server for Windows - Official Website". www.straightrunning.com.
  15. ^ "Xming X Server for Windows". SourceForge.


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