Using Synergy with Mac and Ubuntu

Ubuntu Linux Hostname from Terminal

This is just a quick guide for those of you who also use both Mac and Ubuntu (or really any flavor of Linux) side by side. If you’re not already familiar with Synergy, it’s a small application that connects your mouse and keyboard to one or more machines for a more continuous experience.

Mac and Linux use a graphical front-end for Synergy known as QuickSynergy. Here’s how to get it configured for use between Mac and Ubuntu…


You can find the hostnames to use simply by opening a Terminal window, or if you’re unsure still, simply type hostname and press enter. 😉

If you used the hostname command in Ubuntu, you probably noticed that the “.local” part is not printed out, but it is necessary when dealing with Mac OS X.

Connecting the Two

After selecting the system you’d like to share, configure the Use or Share tab as necessary similar to the examples below:

After configuring Synergy/QuickSynergy you’re all set to start making your life easier!

4 thoughts on “Using Synergy with Mac and Ubuntu”

  1. Google Chrome 12.0.742.30 Google Chrome 12.0.742.30 GNU/Linux GNU/Linux
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux i686) AppleWebKit/534.30 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/12.0.742.30 Safari/534.30

    Thanks for this post – I wasn’t aware that this was possible, even between two Ubuntu machines. The shared clipboard is an added bonus that make this arrangement fully functional! Definitely going to be using this more!

  2. Opera 11.11 Opera 11.11 GNU/Linux x64 GNU/Linux x64
    Opera/9.80 (X11; Linux x86_64; U; en) Presto/2.8.131 Version/11.11

    Oh, and thanks for the .local. I was unaware of that and didn’t know why I had to use IPs to do SSH on my local network (not that I really mind since I set them up as semi-static on the DHCP server long ago). Using hostname.local does the trick.

    1. Opera Next 11.50 Opera Next 11.50 Ubuntu 11.04 x64 Ubuntu 11.04 x64
      Opera/9.80 (X11; Linux x86_64; U; Edition Next; Ubuntu/11.04 (natty); en) Presto/2.8.158 Version/11.50

      No problem. That tripped me up for a little while too. Hostnames are so much friendlier once you get them working. 😀

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