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Xming displaying Synaptic and Nautilus
Developer(s) Colin Harrison
Stable release & / August 12, 2009; 6 month(s) ago (2009-08-12)
Operating system Microsoft Windows XP/2003/Vista

Xming is an implementation of the X Window System for Microsoft Windows operating systems, including Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Vista.[1][2]



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[1] capabilities.

The Xming X server is based on 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.[2] 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,[3][4] and described as simple[5] and easier to install though less configurable than other popular free choices like Cygwin/X.[6]


Xming was previously distributed with a series of software licenses which included statements construed by reviewers as indicating that distribution was permitted under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL), but which set further restrictions. The Free Software Foundation stated to one such reviewer that such distribution was a violation of the terms of the GPL.[7] The Xming license was later altered to remove the reference to the GPL.[8]

Newer Releases

Donations must be made to download new releases (less than 2 years old).[9] Making a donation will allow the user access to new downloads for one year.

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.[10]
Clarifications, XMing's Terms and Conditions



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