Enable Remote Desktop (VNC)

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These instructions assume you already have SSH access to your Apple TV.

Step 1

To enable Remote Desktop on your Apple TV, you need to create the text file com.apple.VNCSettings.txt with the following content. This is a hashed password "frontrow" used by VNC Server, which was picked to make this simple.

  • Note: If you are logged into the AppleTV you could issue the following command
echo 71463E00FFDAAA95FF1C39567390ADCA > /Library/Preferences/com.apple.VNCSettings.txt

Step 2

copy that file to /Library/Preferences/ on your Apple TV (assuming that its booted. /Library/Preferences on the OSBoot image is a sym link to the Media partition)

Step 3

On the Apple TV, type:

$ sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ARDAgent.app/Contents/Resources/kickstart \
-configure -clientopts -setvnclegacy -vnclegacy yes
$ sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ARDAgent.app/Contents/Resources/kickstart \
-activate -configure -access -on -users admin -privs -all -restart -agent -menu

Step 4

Use a VNC Client like Chicken of the VNC which should automatically detect the AppleTV on your network. The password is "frontrow"


See Replace Finder for interesting things you can do once you have control (run firefox, terminal, etc). It doesn't seem to work very well with the default Apple TV finder.

See Configuring Apple Remote Desktop via the command line or for more detailed information on the kickstart command, or for the various command switches and options, type:

sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ARDAgent.app/Contents/Resources/kickstart -help