FastX Desktop Client


FastX offers multiple ways to connect to sessions.  Users can connect from anywhere using the FastX Web Browser Client.  You can install the Desktop Client to connect to your FastX installation

The Connection List

When you start FastX the connection list appears.  Double Click on a connection to connect to your server.  If no connections are defined, click the New Connection button to create a new Connection.  There are two options (SSH and Gateway).  See Below

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New Connection (SSH)

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FastX makes the initial connection using SSH.  Enter your SSH information  in the New Connection dialog box.

For users who installed the fastx server in a nonstandard location, enter the path to the fastx_sci program  in the Sci field
for example /usr/local/share/bin/fastx_sci

New Connection (Gateway)


If the Web Server has been installed, users can connect using the Gateway Configuration.  This allows for more advanced features such as Load Balancing, and Cluster support.  The url is the same url as the Web Client (e.g.

The Session List

Double click on a session to connect to the session.  Or you can Start a new Session

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Start a New Session

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  • Command: The Command you wish to run
  • Single Application: Check this if you want to run your applications as separate windows rather than contained in a full desktop
  • Suggestions: Predefined suggestions, Bookmarks, and History

The Connection

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Connections run over the standard SSH protocol.  SSH is a secure encrypted connection

FastX supports multiple Authentication Methods.  These methods include:

  • Password
  • Public Key
  • Kerberos
  • Challenge/Response
  • One Time Passwords / Multi factor Authentication

In general, FastX has support for any method of SSH Authentication available