Opening a remote X-window from a windows machine

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  • A terminal (I personally use Ubuntu, which can be downloaded for free from the Microsoft store).
  • An X-Server (I use VcXsrv ( by recommendation of Noor Koster).



  • Launch the X-server
  • Open the terminal and connect it to the X-server by typing source ( is a script that you created in one of the first steps and contains one line of code, namely export DISPLAY=localhost:0)
  • Connect to the Nikhef environment by typing ssh -X -Y <username> and enter using your password
  • Connect to the Stoomboot cluster by typing ssh -X -Y j<username>@stbc-i1 and enter using your password