ciXwin - X Server for Windows

ciXwin - X server for Windows

ciXwin is an X Server implementation for Windows systems with a connection wizard. It is a packaging of X, Cygwin and a collection of related tools to make it a standalone solution ready to use. 

X is an architecture-independent system for remote GUI and input, common on Unix-like systems. Cygwin is a Linux-like environment for Windows. It consists of a DLL (cygwin1.dll), which emulates substantial Linux API functionality, and a collection of tools. Cygwin/X is a dedicated project/team taking care of X on Cygwin.


Supported platforms : XP/2003/Vista/2008(R2)/7/2012(R2)/8/10.

ciXwin is available as a zip file containing an installer. Simply unzip your downloaded copy and run the package "ciXwin_x.x.x_Installer.exe" :

  1. Accept License agreement.
  2. Specify an installation location.
  3. Installation starts. By clicking 'Details' button, you can get more detailed information about installation.
  4. At the end of the installation, you can start ciXwin connect Wizard to setup connections. See Usage section for more information.



ciXwin is designed for displaying remote X clients via ssh, and comes with a connect wizard to help you start X programs/window managers seamlessly:


ciXwin Connect Wizard


Connect wizard starts X server in multiwindow mode if not running before, initiates an ssh connection according to your input. Upon a successful connection, you can start your favorite tools/window managers at the client side. Append always an ampersand to your command (like xterm &) for process initiation at the background.


ciXwin image 



This one is easy too:

  1. Run the uninstaller
  2. Remove remnants in the installation directory.

 This package contain components with different terms of licensing:

Component Version Licensing
X server


Cygwin and GNU tools


CYGWIN license Source code for Cygwin and GNU Tools are available here.

ciXwin (installer/tools)


ciXwin license (Simplified BSD)