I want to use tightVNCserver to display my primary screen, atm it is showing a second screen, but i want it to show my primary. how can i do that? i want to control my raspberry pi using keyboard and mouse directly on my raspberry pi, but i want tightVNCserver to display my primary screen so i can show off what i have made.

i haven't tried anything yet, so please hook me up.

i have a raspberry pi 3 model b+ on Raspbian 9.

  • Use RealVNC it's a built-in component with Raspbian and all supported Raspberry Pi hardware and works a lot better than TightVNC.
    – Dougie
    Feb 7, 2020 at 11:03

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The simple answer is you can't.

The slightly more complex answer is that you can using xvncserver provided you have X on your computer.

Probably, in your case, the better option is to use RealVNC, which is included in Raspbian, and is designed to operate this way (it doesn't work if you don't have a GUI running in the Pi - although this can be changed). You need to use the RealVNC viewer on your computer.

NOTE You can only run one of tightVNCserver, RealVNC as they are mutually exclusive.

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