Saturday, November 19, 2011

How to Launch Citrix .ica files Using Google Chrome

Updated: 10/19/2013

One of the problems you may face when launching a Citrix Application in Google Chrome is that .ica may not launch automatically. This is what you have to do to make it work. (Tested only on Citrix XenApp 6.0/6.5)

Option A:

1. Login to your Citrix XenApp web interface public facing website.
2. Click on a Citrix application to launch.
3. The file will "download". Click on the arrow and select "Always Open Files of this Type"

4. Click on the name of the application and it will launch. [Optionally, after selection. Launch the item again from Citrix. It should launch]

Option B:

* Usually for people that can't seem to launch anything in Citrix XenApp
* Mac User's. Just make sure that you have Citrix Receiver for Mac (11.8) Installed and after completing Option A. *You "shouldn't experience issues", it seems to be a Windows issue.
1. Click on the tool option and select options (Windows/MAC - Settings)

2. Settings => Show Advanced Settings => Content Settings => Plugins Select the option underneath "Disable individual plug-ins... (**Optionally, just type in "Content" in the Search Bar under settings)

3. Disable Citrix Receiver. Close the settings browser and then log back into Citrix. Launch an application. It will now work flawlessly. 

(FYI. Make sure you complete Option A if you have not before launching an application after completing Option B.)

4. Download the latest version of Citrix Receiver from the Google Chrome Web Store:

***Disclamier: Citrix requires Storefront server to be setup and enabled by your IT Engineer/Citrix Administrator in addition to XenApp or XenDesktop. This "work around" by Citrix is a limitation that the company hasn't addressed on the actual receiver client technology itself. The other alternative is for Citrix to work with Google's Chrome team directly to have them fully integrate the .ica file technology into Chrome like Adobe's technology. Outside of have to setup a Storefront server. Yes, it is a PITA workaround.*** 

Option C:

VMware fully supports Google Chromebooks and Google Chrome with VMware Horizon Suite 5.3 (Horizon Mirage 4.3 has been merged with VMware Horizon View) Formerly, VMware View.

VMware Horizon Suite 4.3 fully supports Google Chromebooks via a real HTML5 Application.

1. Buy a Chromebook:

2. Buy a Chromebox: