Screen Sharing in Snow Leopard

Just discovered that you can create a shortcut to open a Screen Sharing connection. Essentially you do one of the following:

  • Using Automator - Use the “Run Shell Script” action with the following text:

    open vnc://

    You can use either the dotted-quad standard IP address or the machine_name.local Bonjour syntax.

  • Using Safari - Type the following address in the location bar:


    When you hit return, Screen Sharing launches and connects to the specified computer. Again you can use the dotted-quad or Bonjour syntax. You can now drag the shortcut to the Desktop and double-click that to connect.

Though I have not tried, I’m guessing that you should be able to connect to any VNC server.

The article I found is in Apple Discussions.