Citrix Hypervisor 8.0 Current Release

The technology you trust from XenServer, the high-performance hypervisor optimized for virtual app and desktop workloads and based on the Xen Project hypervisor, is now Citrix Hypervisor.

Citrix Hypervisor 8.0 is the latest Current Release version of Citrix Hypervisor and this documentation reflects features and configurations in this latest release. To learn about the new features in Citrix Hypervisor 8.0, see What’s New.

Earlier releases

For documentation on previous releases, see:

The Citrix Hypervisor product lifecycle strategy for Current Releases and Long Term Service Releases is described in Lifecycle Milestones for Citrix Hypervisor.

About Citrix Hypervisor

Citrix Hypervisor is the complete server virtualization platform from Citrix. The Citrix Hypervisor package contains all you need to create and manage a deployment of virtual x86 computers running on Xen, the open-source paravirtualizing hypervisor with near-native performance. Citrix Hypervisor is optimized for both Windows and Linux virtual servers.

Citrix Hypervisor runs directly on server hardware without requiring an underlying operating system, which results in an efficient and scalable system. Citrix Hypervisor works by abstracting elements from the physical machine (such as hard drives, resources, and ports) and allocating them to the virtual machines running on it.

A virtual machine (VM) is a computer composed entirely of software that can run its own operating system and applications as if it were a physical computer. A VM behaves exactly like a physical computer and contains its own virtual (software-based) CPU, RAM, hard disk, and NIC.

Citrix Hypervisor lets you create VMs, take VM disk snapshots, and manage VM workloads. For a comprehensive list of major Citrix Hypervisor features, visit


XenCenter is a Windows GUI client that provides a rich user experience when managing multiple Citrix Hypervisor servers and resource pools, and the virtual infrastructure associated with them. For more information, see the XenCenter documentation.

Citrix Hypervisor 8.0 Current Release