What Is It?
RfbPlayer is a program able to replay saved VNC sessions. Strictly speaking, it plays back
RFB sessions – RFB is a protocol used in VNC and TightVNC.
RfbPlayer is written in Java. Just like the TightVNC Java Viewer, it can be used either as a
Web-embedded applet or as a standalone applicaion. When used as an applet,
RfbPlayer can load session files from the Web site. It allows showing demonstrations to the
Web site visitors who just enjoy playback in their browsers and do not have to download or
install anything to their computers.
RfbPlayer was a part of the TightVNC project for years but it was not ever listed on the Web
site. Now we are fixing that fault and making RfbPlayer available to all interested users.
Currently, there is no comprehensive documentation on RfbPlayer. Below on this page, you can
find a brief help on recording sessions and running the player. Also, there is a small README
file found in the distribution. For more details, please either read the source code or purchase technical support from TightVNC maintainers. RfbPlayer is
free software and it's available as is, with no warranty and no free support.
Just like TightVNC, RfbPlayer is available under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
The RfbPlayer distribution includes both sources and the JAR file (ready to run). Use this
link to download:
Running as an application (from the command line):
java -jar RfbPlayer.jar URL file:test.fbs
java -jar RfbPlayer.jar URL http://remote.host/test.fbs
And example of running it as an applet (HTML code):
<PARAM NAME="URL" VALUE="http://remote.host/test.fbs">
Recording VNC Sessions
There is a number of programs that can record VNC sessions and save them in the FBS
(FrameBuffer Stream) format.
- TightVNC Java Viewer. It can save sessions when run as a standalone application
(not an applet). TightVNC Java Viewer is available from the download page.
Reflector. It acts as a proxy running between servers and viewers, and it can save screen
data received from the server. It always uses 24-bit color in saved sessions. It's a
Unix-style program (although there is a Cygwin port for Windows available) and it's free
utility. It's a simple program designed for Unix which can both save and replay saved
VNC sessions. In the record mode, it sits between a server and a viewer, and simply records
all the data received from the server. It's free software (GPL-licensed).
File formats are basically compatible between these programs (especially if 24-bit color
format is used for recording).