How to: Install Simple Computer Remote on your Raspberry Pi

This short guide will show you how to install the Simple Computer Remote server on your Raspberry Pi. You will need a networked Raspberry Pi and a Android device running Android 2.1 or newer.

First we need to download the server package. Grab it from the github page and save it to a location of your choosing. For reference we use /home/pi.

Then we need to install the deb package, to do this we use the Debian Package Management System.
Open up a terminal window and browse to the folder you saved the file to, then type:
  • sudo dpkg -i simplecomputerremote_1.2_armhf.deb
Now we need to make sure SimpleComputerRemote runs as a startup application. To do this we have to create a new file in /home/pi/.config/autostart. We do this using the following commands:
  • sudo mkdir /home/pi/.config/autostart/
  • cd /home/pi/.config/autostart/
  • sudo nano RCS-autostart.desktop
The first command creates the folder /home/pi/.config/autostart, the second commands takes us to the directory, and the third command opens up a new file for us in nano, this is our autostart file. Enter the following 7 lines to the file and we're almost finished!

[Desktop Entry]
GenericName=Remote Control
Comment=Allow remote control using Simple Computer Remote
Press "ctrl + X" then "Y" to save the document and close the editor. Then reboot your Raspberry Pi using the command:
  • sudo reboot
Now all you have to do is install the Android App, connect to the Raspberry Pi and you're good to go!


  1. Looks like the app no longer exists in Play Store.

  2. Looks like it, have you tried this APK? I'm not sure of the source, but the screenshots look like the right app. http://zog107.store.aptoide.com/app/market/com.rekap.remote/4/3278393/Simple+Computer+Remote

  3. Thank you. Yes, I found that but my phone does not allow me to install it. Only apps that come from Play store. I do not have it rooted.

  4. You can install from other sources without rooting. Check out this quick guide: http://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-install-apps-outside-of-google-play/