How to use MobaXterm from windows to a linux server

What is X- Server?

An X server is a program in the X Window System that runs on local machines (i.e., the computers used directly by users) and handles all access to the graphics cards, display screens and input devices (typically a keyboard and mouse) on those computers.

How to Download MobaXterm in windows?

Follow the steps provided below to get started.

Download the "MobaXterm Home Edition" (installer edition) using the below link

Double click on the MobaXterm_installer_xx.x.msi and click on "Next"

Then, accept the terms and conditions, click "Next", click "Install" to complete the installation.

Open the MobaXterm application from the Start menu.

If any Windows Security Alert, then click "Allow Access"

MobaxTerm application is open now. Now, click on "Session" and then select the type "SSH"

Then, type the "Remate Host", "specify username" and the port and click "OK".

Now type the password to log in


Then select "Do not show this message again" and click "YES" to save the password.

Now, the login is complete. 

On the left, we can access the explorer of the remote system. 

  • Double click to open and edit the file
  • Access the subdirectories
  • Drag and drop the files to/from the local computer
  • Select "Follow terminal Folder" to show the files in the directory which is in terminal

On the right is the terminal access for the remote system. 

  • Run commands on the terminal
  • Run applications/scripts on the remote system
  • Open GUI applications 

GUI application example:

As an example, gedit is used to edit files(similar to notepad in windows).

On running the command "gedit <filename>". The file is opened in a different window which can be used to edit just like notepad.