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Xming displaying Synaptic and Nautilus
Original author(s) Alexander Gottwald (2004–2005)[1]
Developer(s) Alexander Gottwald (?–2005)[2][3]
Colin Harrison(2005 - present)[4]
Initial release November 9, 2004; 12 years ago (2004-11-09)
Stable release, proprietary, public domain software / August 31, 2015; 17 months ago (2015-08-31), proprietary
May 4, 2007; 9 years ago (2007-05-04), public domain
Operating system Microsoft Windows XP/Server 2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/Server 2012/8.x/10
Type Display server
License Xming license[5] (proprietary software)
Website www.straightrunning.com/XmingNotes/

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


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[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.

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]

Donations and usage terms[edit]

Donations must be made to download new releases, (since May 2007).[14] 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.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ https://sourceware.org/ml/cygwin-xfree/2004-11/msg00035.html
  2. ^ https://sourceware.org/ml/win32-x11/2005-q3/msg00013.html
  3. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20041205093603/http://freedesktop.org/wiki/Xming
  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. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  8. ^ Xming X Server for Windows - Official Website[dead link]
  9. ^ Xming Code
  10. ^ Van Vugt 2009:273
  11. ^ Garrido 2007:366
  12. ^ Iskander 2007:41
  13. ^ Peckar 2008:182
  14. ^ http://www.straightrunning.com/XmingNotes/#head-12
  15. ^ http://sourceforge.net/projects/xming/


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