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What's the easiest way to control bitcoind running on a remote machine?

I'd like to make transfers, manage my wallet, etc, and ideally I'd like to do it using a UI such as bitcoin-qt. Unfortunately I don't see how to get bitcoin-qt to connect to a remote bitcoind. Is there a different piece of software that can do this?

I know I can use bitcoind itself to send commands to a remote instance, but I'm hoping for UI.

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The reason I'm interested is that I'm happy to leave bitcoind running and stay synchronised on one machine, but this is not the same machine that I want to run the UI on.

  • Till today, I thought that bitcoind and bitcoin-qt accept the same parameters and switches. If you can connect to remote bitcoind via bitcoind, maybe you can also do it with bitcoin-qt? – ripazha Aug 25 '13 at 15:28
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Assuming you're using a Linux-based system, Xpra is a great tool for running GUI apps headless and attaching to them on a remote system. Make sure you install a recent version from one of the Winswitch repositories.

I haven't tried the Winswitch front-end since command line usage is so simple. Just do this on your server:

xpra start :7
DISPLAY=:7 bitcoin-qt

And this on the client:

xpra attach ssh:my.server.ip:7
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    Whooohooo! I have been looking for this kind of X11 tool for years! Thank you so much! I am probably not going to use it for bitcoin, since I am happy with the CLI client there, but this goes for me. Xpra seems perfectly suitable for this. – Paul Hänsch Oct 24 '13 at 23:03
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    This requires the server to have bitcoin-qt installed, which may be undesirable on a simple Linux box with no GUI libs installed. – Jozef Jun 29 '17 at 10:40

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