I am working from out of town, so I need to connect my computer at campus. Normally, when I am around the campus I can just use my ip of lab computer to forward x11 like;

ssh -X acc@lab-computer ~/idea-IC/bin/idea.sh

However,since I am out of town, I can only connect a computer of my lab then ssh to my computer but I couldn't forward X11 from my lab-computer to my laptop through a computer at my lab.

Any idea about how to do it?

2 Answers 2


I found out how to do it. I don't know why I didn't think of it before.


ssh -X account@lab-a-computer


ssh -X my-account@my-lab-computer ~/idea-IC/bin/idea.sh

brings the gui to my laptop screen.


I have always used X2go: http://wiki.x2go.org/doku.php

And the X2go client on my computer.... The wiki I linked should get you started and there is plenty on the web about setting up for particular distros since you did not mention one in your question. Note I belevie you will need root privileges to install.

  • I am using Ubuntu 15.10 on my laptop and 14.04 on my lab computer. Can I install this from ssh?
    – mtilhan
    Apr 13, 2016 at 16:35
  • Simple google search gave me: howtoforge.com/… ... And Yes I install on my remote servers a few times... even thought it says 14.04 it should work on 15.10 Apr 13, 2016 at 16:46

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