Starting from Citrix Workspace app 2012, you can view the authentication dialog inside Citrix Workspace app and store details on the sign-in screen. This enhancement provides a better user experience.

Authentication tokens are encrypted and stored so that you don’t need to reenter credentials when your system or session restarts.


This authentication enhancement is available only in cloud deployments.


Install the libsecret library.

This feature is enabled by default.

Authentication enhancement for Storebrowse

Starting with version 2205, the authentication dialog is present inside Citrix Workspace app and the store details are displayed on the logon screen for a better user experience. The authentication tokens are encrypted and stored so that you don’t need to reenter credentials when your system or session restarts.

The authentication enhancement supports storebrowse for the following operations:

  • Storebrowse -E: Lists the available resources.
  • Storebrowse -L: Launches a connection to a published resource.
  • Storebrowse -S: Lists the subscribed resources.
  • Storebrowse -T: Terminates all sessions of the specified store.
  • Storebrowse -Wr: Reconnects the disconnected yet active sessions of the specified store. The [r] option reconnects all the disconnected sessions.
  • storebrowse -WR: Reconnects the disconnected yet active sessions of the specified store. The [R] option reconnects all the active and disconnected sessions.
  • Storebrowse -s: Subscribes the specified resource from a given store.
  • Storebrowse -u: Unsubscribes the specified resource from a given store.
  • Storebrowse -q: Launches an application using the direct URL. This command works only for StoreFront stores.


  • You can continue to use the remaining storebrowse commands as used earlier (using AuthMangerDaemon).
  • The authentication enhancement is applicable for cloud deployments only.
  • With this enhancement, the persistent login feature is supported.

Support for more than 200 groups in Azure AD

Starting with the 2305 release, an Azure AD user who is part of more than 200 groups can view apps and desktops assigned to the user. Previously, the same user wasn’t able to view these apps and desktops.

To enable this feature, do the following:

  1. Navigate to $ICAROOT/config/AuthManConfig.xml and add the following entries:



Users must sign out from Citrix Workspace app and sign in back to enable this feature.

Authentication enhancement for Storebrowse configuration

By default, the authentication enhancement feature is disabled.

If the gnome-keyring isn’t available, the token is stored in the selfservice process memory.

To enforce storage of the token in memory, disable the gnome-keyring, using the following steps:

  1. Navigate to /opt/Citrix/ICAClient/config/AuthmanConfig.xml.
  2. Add the following entry:


Smart card

To configure smart card support in Citrix Workspace app for Linux, you must configure the StoreFront server through the StoreFront console.

Citrix Workspace app supports smart card readers that are compatible with PCSC-Lite and PKCS#11 drivers appropriately. By default, Citrix Workspace app now locates in one of the standard locations.

Citrix Workspace app can find in a non-standard location or another PKCS\#11 driver. You can store the respective location using the following procedure:

  1. Locate the configuration file: $ICAROOT/config/AuthManConfig.xml.
  2. Locate the line <key>PKCS11module</key> and add the driver location to the <value> element immediately following the line.


    If you enter a file name for the driver location, Citrix Workspace app navigates to that file in the $ICAROOT/PKCS\ #11 directory. You can also use an absolute path beginning with “/”.

After you remove a smart card, configure the behavior of Citrix Workspace app by updating the SmartCardRemovalAction using the following steps:

  1. Locate the configuration file: $ICAROOT/config/AuthManConfig.xml
  2. Locate the line <key>SmartCardRemovalAction</key> and add noaction or forcelogoff to the <value> element immediately following the line.

The default behavior is noaction. No action is taken to clear stored credentials and generated tokens on removal of the smart card.

The forcelogoff action clears all credentials and tokens within StoreFront on removal of the smart card.


  • Attempts to start a server VDA session using smart card authentication might fail for the smart card with multiple users. [HDX-44255]

Enabling smart card support

Citrix Workspace app supports various smart card readers if smart card is enabled on both server and Citrix Workspace app.

You can use smart cards for the following purposes:

  • Smart card logon authentication - Authenticates you to Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops or Citrix DaaS (formerly Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service) servers.
  • Smart card application support - Enables smart card-aware published applications to access the local smart card devices.

Smart card data is security sensitive and must be transmitted over a secure authenticated channel, such as TLS.

Smart card support has the following prerequisites:

  • Your smart card readers and published applications must be PC/SC industry standard compliant.
  • Install the appropriate driver for your smart card.
  • Install the PC/SC Lite package.
  • Install and run the pcscd Daemon, which provides middleware to access the smart card using PC/SC.
  • On a 64-bit system, both 64-bit and 32-bit versions of the “libpscslite1” package must be present.

For more information about configuring smart card support on servers, see Smart cards in the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops documentation.

Enhancement on smart card support

Starting with Version 2112, Citrix Workspace app supports the Plug and Play functionality for the smart card reader.

When you insert a smart card, the smart card reader detects the smart card in the server and client.

You can plug-and-play different cards at the same time, and all of these cards are detected.


Install the libpcscd library on the Linux client.


This library might be installed by default in the recent versions of most Linux distributions. However, you might need to install the libpcscd library in earlier versions of some Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu 1604.

To disable this enhancement:

  1. Navigate to the <ICAROOT>/config/module.ini folder.
  2. Go to the SmartCard section.
  3. Set the DriverName=VDSCARD.DLL.

Support for new PIV cards

Starting with version 2303, Citrix Workspace app supports the following new Personal Identification Verification (PIV) cards:

  • IDEMIA next-generation smartcard
  • DELL TicTok Smartcard

Performance optimization for smartcard driver

Citrix Workspace app 2303 version includes performance related fixes and optimizations for the VDSCARDV2.DLL smartcard driver. These enhancements help to outperform version 1 VDSCARD.DLL.

Support for multi-factor (nFactor) authentication

Multifactor authentication enhances the security of an application by requiring users to provide extra proofs of identification to gain access.

Multifactor authentication makes authentication steps and the associated credential collection forms configurable by the administrator.

Native Citrix Workspace app supports this protocol by building on the Forms sign in support already implemented for StoreFront. The web sign-in pages for Citrix Gateway and Traffic Manager virtual servers also consume this protocol.

For more information, see SAML authentication and Multi-Factor (nFactor) authentication in the Citrix ADC documentation.

Support for authentication using FIDO2 in HDX session

Starting with the 2303 version, you can authenticate within an HDX session using password-less FIDO2 security keys. FIDO2 security keys provide a seamless way for enterprise employees to authenticate to apps or desktops that support FIDO2 without entering a user name or password. For more information about FIDO2, see FIDO2 Authentication.


If you’re using the FIDO2 device through USB redirection, remove the USB redirection rule of your FIDO2 device. You can access this rule from the usb.conf file in the $ICAROOT/ folder. This update helps you to switch to the FIDO2 virtual channel.

By default, FIDO2 authentication is disabled. To enable FIDO2 authentication, do the following:

  1. Navigate to the <ICAROOT>/config/module.ini file.
  2. Go to the ICA 3.0 section.
  3. Set FIDO2= On.

This feature currently supports roaming authenticators (USB only) with PIN code and touch capabilities. You can configure FIDO2 Security Keys based authentication. For information about the prerequisites and using this feature, see Local authorization and virtual authentication using FIDO2.

When you access an app or a website that supports FIDO2, a prompt appears, requesting access to the security key. If you’ve previously registered your security key with a PIN, you must enter the PIN while signing in. The PIN can be a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 64 characters.

If you’ve registered your security key previously without a PIN, simply touch the security key to sign in.


You might fail to register the second device to a same account using FIDO2 authentication.

Support for authentication using FIDO2 when connecting to on-premises stores

Starting with Citrix Workspace app for Linux version 2309, users can authenticate using passwordless FIDO2 security keys when signing in to on-premises stores. The security keys support different types of security inputs such as security pins, biometrics, card swipe, smart card, Public Key Certificates, and so on. For more information about FIDO2, see FIDO2 Authentication.

Citrix Workspace app uses the Citrix Enterprise Browser as the default browser for FIDO2 authentication. Administrators can configure the type of browser to authenticate to Citrix Workspace app.

To enable the feature, navigate to $ICAROOT/config/AuthManConfig.xml and add the following entries:


To modify the default browser, navigate to $ICAROOT/config/AuthManConfig.xml and modify the browser settings as required. The possible values are CEB, chromium, firefox, and chromium-browser.


Customized authentication

The following table provides a reference to the available customized authentication for Citrix Workspace app:

Utility SDK Authentication type Libraries used Binaries Authentication type detection
Fast Connect Credential insertion SDK Username/password/smartcard/Domain passthrough cis Parameters-Used by third party authenticator integrations
Custom Dialog Platform Optimization SDK Username/password/smartcard and No Auto detection - Used by thin clients partners
Storebrowse Citrix Workspace app Username/password No Storebrowse Parameters