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A real-world implementation of RFB, + Supports all encoding formats: Tight & ZRLE encodings (+all the rest) + Pseudo encodings and cursor rendering + Knows how to use FFMPEG to render resulting images to video

After searching the web for an vnc client in golang which is not a toy & support more than handshake + RAW encoding, I came up blank, so, I set out to write one myself.

The video encoding part means that something can be viewed, and since I don't really feel like writing GTK UIs in 2018 (plus VNC viewers are a dime a dozen), a video file will do. In actuality the images produced are go images and can easily be saved as JPEG, or displayed in any UI you want to create.

Programming language: Go
License: MIT License
Tags: Command Line     Networking     Video     Vnc     Rfb     Tight     Recording    

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README

Vnc2Video CircleCI MIT Licensed

A real wold implementation of vnc client for go

After searching the web for an vnc client in golang which is not a toy & support more than handshake + RAW encoding, I came up blank, so, I set out to write one myself.

The video encoding part means that something can be viewed, and since I don't really feel like writing GTK UIs in 2018 (plus VNC viewers are a dime a dozen), a video file will do. In actuality the images produced are go images and can easily be saved as JPEG, or displayed in any UI you want to create.

Encoding support:

  • Tight VNC
  • Hextile
  • ZLIB
  • CopyRect
  • Raw
  • RRE
  • ZRLE
  • Rich-cursor pseudo
  • Desktop Size Pseudo
  • Cursor pos Pseudo

Video codec support:

  • x264 (ffmpeg) - the market standard
  • dv8 (ffmpeg) - google encoding current standard for webm
  • dv9 (ffmpeg) - a stronger codec supported by webm format on most browsers
  • qtrle (ffmpeg) - the best losless encoding I could find. (10 - 20 MB/min)
  • huffyuv (ffmpeg) - a lossless encoding which is low-Cpu but less compressed (50-100 MB/min)
  • MJpeg (native golang implementation) - lossy intra frame only (every frame encoded separately)

Frame Buffer Stream file support (fbs)

  • Supports reading & rendering fbs files that can be created by vncProxy
  • This allows recording vnc without the cost of video encoding while retaining the ability to transcode it into video later if the vnc session is found to be important.

About

It may seem strange that I didn't use my previous vncproxy code in order to create this client, but since that code is highly optimized to be a proxy (never hold a full message in buffer & introduce no lags), it is not best suited to be a client, so instead of spending the time reverting all the proxy-specific code, I just started from the most advanced go vnc-client code I found.

Most of what I added is the rfb-encoder & video encoding implementations, there are naturally some additional changes in order to get a global canvas (draw.Image) to render on by all encodings.

The code for the encodings was gathered by peeking at several RFB source codes in cpp & some in java, reading the excellent documentation in rfbproto, and a lot of gritty bit-plucking, pixel jogging & code cajoling until everything fell into place on screen.

I did not include tightPng in the supported encoding list since I didn't find a server to test it with, so I can't vouch for the previous implementation, If you have such a server handy, please check and tell me if it works.


*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the Vnc2Video README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.