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TeamViewer is a proprietary (closed source), all-in-one solution for remote access and support over the Internet. It has both a client and a server mode and requires either a built-in or system Wine.


Be aware there are a few versions of TeamViewer available in the main Gentoo repository.

USE flags

USE flags for net-misc/teamviewer All-In-One Solution for Remote Access and Support over the Internet


Be aware it is necessary to accept TeamViewer's End User License Agreement (EULA) before the software can be installed.

root #emerge --ask net-misc/teamviewer



Supposing TeamViewer 11 has been installed, the configuration files would be found in the following locations:

  • /etc/teamviewer11/global.conf - Global (system wide) configuration file.
  • ~/.config/teamviewer11/ - Local (per user) configuration file.


The TeamViewer daemon must be started before using the TeamViewer front-end. Those who want TeamViewer to be running every time they boot their system will need to add it the list of services that run during system start.


Start TeamViewer during system start:

root #rc-update add teamviewerd default

Start the TeamViewer daemon now:

root #rc-service teamviewerd start


Start TeamViewer during system start:

root #systemctl enable teamviewerd

Start the TeamViewer daemon now:

root #systemctl start teamviewerd



After the service has been started, simply start TeamViewer from the Applications menu in a desktop environment. Those using a command line can start it via:

user $teamviewer11


Connection to server freezes during "Initializing display parameters"

There is a know issue (see bug #552016) that causes the connection to the server to halt. The client will display "Initializing display parameters" but never make it past this step in the connection process.

This issue can be resolved by remerging TeamViewer with the system-wine USE flag disabled:

FILE /etc/portage/package.use
net-misc/teamviewer -system-wine
root #emerge --ask --deep --newuse @world



In order to scrub all traces of TeamViewer from the system each user's ~/.config/teamviewer11 folder should be removed:

user $rm -rf ~/.config/teamviewer*


root #emerge --ask --depclean --verbose net-misc/teamviewer

See also

  • TigerVNC — a client/server software package allowing remote network access to graphical desktops.