I've been trying to establish an RDP conexion with a Windows 7 machine from Linux with sound AND microphone redirection, I have tried rdesktop, remmina and freerdp with no use.

Finally, with freerdp I have finally managed to get sound and microphone redirection but from different sessions. I mean

xfreerdp -u user -d domain -p password --plugin drdynvc --data audin -- server

Allows me to send the microphone to the remote machine.

xfreerdp -u user -d domain -p password --plugin rdpsnd --data pulse -- server

Allows me to get the sound from the remote machine, but I can't manage to get both within the same session.

Any ideas?

2 Answers 2


I have finally found the solution. Looking for an answer for the remmina client, a guy had xfreerdp working and not remmina and he posted his xfreerdp command here. The thing was that when I was launching the command with the two plugins (drdynvc and rdpsnd) I was also passing two data strings audin and pulse and that doesn't work. The solutions is passing two plugins with just audin as data:

xfreerdp -u user -d domain -p password --plugin drdynvc --plugin rdpsnd --data audin -- server

  • This does not work for me on Arch Linux, I get an error about /usr/lib/freerdp/... not existing.
    – BitShift
    Aug 29, 2021 at 15:05

This seems to have been much improved in more recent versions of freerdp.

Now, just using the /sound /microphone:sys:alsa options seem to work fine.

Once https://github.com/FreeRDP/FreeRDP/pull/3597 is merged, it'll be just /sound /microphone again.

https://github.com/FreeRDP/FreeRDP/wiki/PreBuilds contains nightly builds which worked much better than my distribution's outdated packages.

  • Is there any released version where this works, or do I still need a nightly build?
    – gerrit
    Jun 23, 2017 at 15:00
  • I'm using this, and sound works, but microphone does not. See this question.
    – gerrit
    Jun 23, 2017 at 15:37

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