Run multiple machines from one keyboard

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screenshot of Synergy

If you have multiple machines on your desk, then you've probably got multiple keyboards and mice (mouses?) as well. That means you've probably not got a lot of room for your notes, any reference books you may need, or even your coffee. That's definitely a non-starter. Maybe it's time to tidy up that mess with Synergy.

Synergy is a tool that lets you run multiple computers from a single keyboard or mouse. It's not a remote desktop app, where you're sitting at your laptop but seeing your desktop's output on it; rather when you slide your mouse all the way to the right side of your screen, for example, it literally jumps to the display of the other machine. In other words, you're still looking at each machine's output on its own monitor, but you can do it all through a single keyboard and mouse.

Synergy is a free download. It runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux (and other *NIX platforms). You install the server on the machine whose keyboard you want to use, and clients on each machine that you want to access.

Download Synergy

UPDATE: There's a new fork to the Synergy project called Synergy Plus that looks to improve this tool. Thanks to David for the heads-up.

One Response to “Run multiple machines from one keyboard”

  1. Mulleflupp says:

    Setup is easy and intuitive, and the software is even able to handle several machines on a rather big network of over 50 PCs.

    Very nice tool!