How To Use TeamViewer and TakeControl feature of GFI Max with Linux (.tvc file)


How To Use TeamViewer and TakeControl feature of GFI Max with Linux (.tvc file)

I have been trying to cut the cord on Windows on the desktop for many years, but I always get hung up on some necessary app, and in this case it was the TeamViewer component that comes with GFI Max. It just didn’t play well with Linux, and I had to run a VM for this purpose, which is not ideal. So, I found out how to make it work. So here goes…

Step 1: Install TeamViewer.

Hopefully you know how to do this on your particular OS, if not, Google it.

Step 2: Create the file association.

You can do this with your favorite editor, here is how to do it from the terminal:

nano ~/.local/share/applications/takecontrol.desktop

Step 3: Add the following to the file to make it work:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Take Control
Comment=TeamViewer Remote Control Application
Exec=teamviewer --control %f

Step 4: Set the default program for the .tvc file.

You can do this in Ubuntu by right-clicking on the .tvc file and then choosing Open With > Open With Other Application > and selecting the Take Control app and making sure the checkbox at the bottom is checked.



Whammy! It works in Linux. I am so happy I have one less thread holding me to a Windows VM! Good luck.

Article written by Jesse Perry (JP)

Hi there, I am Jesse Perry. I have run an IT Service business for over a decade, been working in the Computer Industry for much longer.

3 Responses

  1. Cory
    Cory November 13, 2013 at 4:23 pm | | Reply

    Thank you so freaking much!

  2. Michael McCool
    Michael McCool February 26, 2014 at 4:01 am | | Reply

    Thanks for the instructions. I’m just getting back into Linux after being gone from the scene for a couple years. We use GFI at work, and it is nice to be able to run TakeControl directly from Linux. I’ve bookmarked this for future reference.

  3. Ste Martin
    Ste Martin March 30, 2015 at 9:08 am | | Reply

    Cheers dude. I have one customer who uses GFI and it was the sole reason I needed a Win VM. Thanks for saving me 4GB of RAM.

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