I am trying to run idle with root privileges so as to use the RPi.GPIO module.

The RPi 2 is headless and I am using TightVNC Server. I get the error

Client is not authorized to connect to ServerTraceback

From googling I have discovered that this is a conflict with VNC but I have not been able to find a solution.

Strangely I somehow managed to resolve this problem when using the old Model B but I stupidly did not make a note of how.

Can anybody help?

  • Been there. :) I remember adding something to ~/.bashrc. Not sure though. :( :( Jul 15, 2015 at 10:30

2 Answers 2


Try this:

Run the vncserver as root

sudo vncserver

connect to the root vnc session then run

sudo DISPLAY=:2 idle # with the right number for root's VNC.

Source: trouble running idle as a root using vnc

If that doesn't work, then something is up with XAUTHORITY.

Try adding

xhost +local:root

to .bashrc as dastaan suggests.

Just seen this:

In fact no need for that, changing sudo /usr/bin/idle to gksu /usr/bin/idle is all is needed to make this work.

Source: vnc-problem with idle running as sudo on raspberry pi

  • Thank you greenonline gksu /usr/bin/idle does it. For those who see this you can find the file to change by Menu>programing>Python(2/3) and then right click Jul 16, 2015 at 18:00

Ok, I found the solution. Follow these steps.

  1. Open .bashrc by nano ~/.bashrc
  2. Paste following code at the end.

    if [ -z "$XAUTHORITY" ]; then
        if [ -e $HOME/.Xauthority ]; then
            export XAUTHORITY=$HOME/.Xauthority;
  3. Reboot by sudo reboot to make it effective.

It should work. :)

Hope it helps.

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