Bangor University Desktop Anywhere

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Bangor University Desktop Anywhere

DesktopAnywhere is a service allowing you to run certain applications from the University’s suite at home, in study bedrooms, within labs, in fact anywhere you have a wireless, broadband or better network connection. Software doesn’t have to be installed on your machine, it can be hosted on our servers where you can take advantage of our computing power and secured M drive storage.

What do I need to run it?

DesktopAnywhere will work on most current Windows (7, 8, 8.1, 10), Linux, Mac OSX, Android and iOS devices.

  • Computers running Windows will need Java installed Click here to download Java.
  • OSX computers will need both Java and X11 configured. Alternatively the HTML5 version of this service (as used by tablets).
  • The DesktopAnywhere service now also works seemlessly on Apple iPads and Android tablets..
  • For full details of supported clients see the Oracle documentation

Dependent on your status (staff / student) within the University and your Department the exact list of software available will vary. However all will have access to either a Staff or Student Managed Desktop which will give access to all standard software installed on managed computers on campus as well as M and U drives.This prevents the problem of having different versions of documents at home and at work, and also the risk of having sensitive work documents on your home computer.

If you have specialist software installed on your office computer, we can even arrange for you to access that from home, but it has to be left switched on. Contact the IT Service Desk for advice.

Using Desktop Anywhere with Chrome / Edge

Desktop Anywhere has now been updated so that it can be used with the chrome and Edge browsers. When using these you will be asked to download and run a .jnlp file. Once you accept to run the Java application and allow the connection to the server the Desktop Anywhere service will start. If you are prompted to keep or discard the download you will need to select keep.


IT Services
Bangor University, Deiniol Building, Deiniol Road, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 2UX

Phone: 01248 38 8111


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