Installing X-Win32 for X11 Forwarding

Important Notice!

UW Chemistry no longer keeps a liscense for X-Win32. Please see http://comphelp.chem.wisc.edu/content/installing-vcxsrv-and-putty

 

Here are the basics of downloading, installing, and running XWin.

Start by going to this URL (use your Chemistry username & password):

comphelp.chem.wisc.edu/user/login

and then to this link to get the license key:

http://comphelp.chem.wisc.edu/content/xwin32-license

You can use that license key at the below link to download Xwin32. (You will have to activate it, though.  Instructions below.)

https://www.starnet.com/download/

 

Enter license key and click Submit.

Download the selected version (2012 w/ SSH)

We now run on a license server, so you will need to also do the following once it is installed:

Right-click the system tray icon for X-Win32, choose the Help menu and Activate License

  • In the License Activation Dialog Drop Down Menu, choose License Server
  • Enter the hostname (ccc.chem.wisc.edu) and port number (5053) in the relevant fields

Start the program; the configuration wizard should appear.

Select "manual."

Enter the connection information for the server.  Hostname will be similar to:  "matrix.chem.wisc.edu," or "phoenix.chem.wisc.edu"  Command will be the program you wish to run -- in this example, Mathematica is the program we are running. When connecting to phoenix, the command option should not be used.  The login and password fields will be your Chemistry username/password (same as email).  Be sure to enter the command "xterm -ls" into the command box in order that all programs work correctly. Save the connection.

Select your newly-made connection, and click launch.

Done!