Run Blender Remotely

Hello Everyone,

I am trying to run Blender remotely using ssh using the following command

ssh -X [email protected]

then , after successful login:


I get the following:

X Error of failed request: BadWindow (invalid Window parameter)
Major opcode of failed request: 18 (X_ChangeProperty)
Resource id in failed request: 0xb76bdc34
Serial number of failed request: 30
Current serial number in output stream: 31

I am able to run other graphical apps this way, what can i do to make this work?

Thanks in advance!

Without the -X option, I get:

Compiled with Python version 2.5.4.
Checking for installed Python… got it!
ERROR: Unable to open Blender window

Ubuntu 8.04
ssh configured to allow X11 forwarding
xauth is installed as well

Bump Please!

Has anyone had any success running Blender remotely? I was able to do it using vnc, but I had to be actually logged in to each machine.

The whole point of this is to be able to remotely log in to another workstation and run blender while someone else is logged in to the machine using it for other things.

Thanks in advance!

you need to run it in headless mode via the command line params. I would guess it is looking for an Xwindow the way you are doing it now.


I looked at the command line options in the wiki, and I didn’t see a headless mode other than for rendering. Did I miss something?