Zynthian GUI on X-Window on PC



I am using VcX-Server on Win7 x64 and can handle the ZynAddSubFx very well.
Is there a way to bring the whole Zynthian GUI forwarding to the PC.


P.S. Sorry for asking, but I can’t find an answer in this forum.

Zynthian with 3rd party devices

One way is to use Putty with the X windows option to log onto the zynth and then

cd /zynthian/zynthian-ui
python3 zynthian_gui.py

This should start the GUI on the PC.

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You also could try the “zynthian emulator”, that will bring you a full zynthian experience in your PC:

cd /zynthian/zynthian-emuface



Thanks a lot for fast answer my question.

The answer from wyleu works and I can use my zynthian with seeing the menu on desktop screen. So it is possible to use the zynthian without a LCD.

The answer from Jose don’t work. I get an error :
File “./zynthian_emuface.py”. line 34, in from PyQt4 import QtGui
ImportError: No module named ‘PyQt4’

May be I have to deeper investigate the Zynthian_OS. The last I was using a unix system for programming was in 1985 a PDP11 with VT100 terminal. If you want to see it, you have to go to a museum :smile: .



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Tee hee…

I derive no pleasure from this at all… :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:
The reason you get the error is because python is trying to call in code from the Pyqt4 module…
To load this up you need

Or something similar…
Not tried it but that’s the issue. I don’t know what os you are trying to run it on.


Are you using a ZynthianOS experimental image? I think Gorgona images have this package included, but could be missed in ZynthianOS … i will include it right now :wink:

Thanks for testing!


I’ve added a new script for starting the Zynthian UI in a remote terminal with X11 forwardding:


Remember to shutdown the normal zynthian service before calling it:

systemctl stop zynthian


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Thanx to Jose for this excellent support. I just update my system and will try the new shell script after finish the update.
Best regards from Germany


It works excellent. Now I can use my Zynthian with my DAW on the same screen.

A little peace of hardware with a great peace of software.

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