Excellent Utilities: Deskreen – live streaming desktop to a web browser


Deskreen is fantastic open source software. It efficiently turns any device with a web browser into a secondary screen using your WiFi to share the screen. Any device that can run a web browser can be used as a second monitor which can breath new life into old technology.

What makes this tool standout is that it’s really easy to use. The project has prepared a great how-to guide, but you’ll be up and running without reading it! Always a sign of quality and well engineered software.

Performance is very good although you may experience occasional lag. But the implementation is definitely ready for day-to-day use even though there are some limitations. The software automatically adjusts video quality to improve performance, and you can also set the video quality.

Using a second display offers significant improvements to productivity in so many fields. And this solution means that you don’t need to install any software on the secondary device which offers real versatility.

The ability to share only a single application and to connect as many devices simultaneously are two of the software’s biggest virtues.

The software has fairly low system requirements. If you want to use the device as a second screen you can purchase a Virtual Display Adapter, a small plug that makes your computer think an external display is connected.

We’d like to see Deskreen code signed. Until this is implemented, you’ll need to treat Deskreen as an exception for malware protection software.

Website: deskreen.com
Support: GitHub Code Repository
Developer: Paul Pavlo Buidenkov and contributors
License: GNU Affero General Public License v3.0

Deskreen is written in TypeScript. Learn TypeScript with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction / Installation
Page 2 – In Operation
Page 3 – Summary

Complete list of articles in this series:

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