System requirements

Linux distributions


System requirements for components not covered here (such as the Citrix Workspace app) are described in their respective documentation sets.

The Linux VDA supports the following Linux distributions:

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise:
    • Desktop 12 Service Pack 3
    • Server 12 Service Pack 3
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
    • Workstation 7.5
    • Workstation 6.10
    • Workstation 6.9
    • Server 7.5
    • Server 6.10
    • Server 6.9
  • CentOS Linux
    • CentOS 7.5
    • CentOS 6.10
    • CentOS 6.9
  • Ubuntu Linux
    • Ubuntu Desktop 16.04
    • Ubuntu Server 16.04
  • Pardus Linux
    • Pardus 17 (For information on the supported feature scope, see the Knowledge Center article CTX238492.


To prevent your software packages from updating to the corresponding versions in RHEL 7.6 and CentOS 7.6, run the echo ‘7.5’ > /etc/yum/vars/releasever command before installing the Linux VDA package.

For a matrix of the Linux distributions and the Xorg versions that this version of the Linux VDA supports, see the following table. For more information, see XorgModuleABIVersions.

Linux distribution Xorg version
RHEL 7.5, CentOS 7.5 1.19 (1.19.3-11.el7_4.1 and later)
RHEL 6.10/6.9, CentOS 6.10/6.9 1.17
Ubuntu 16.04 1.18
SUSE 12.3 1.18

Do not use hwe xorg server 1.19 on Ubuntu.

In all cases, the supported processor architecture is x86-64.


Citrix’s support for a Linux OS platform and version expires when the support from the OS vendor expires.


Gnome and KDE desktops are supported in SUSE, RHEL, and CentOS. Unity desktop is supported in Ubuntu only. At least one desktop must be installed.

Citrix Virtual Desktops

The Linux VDA is compatible with all currently supported versions of Citrix Virtual Desktops. For information about the Citrix Virtual Desktops product lifecycle, and to find out when Citrix stops supporting specific versions of products, see the Citrix Product Lifecycle Matrix.

The configuration process for Linux VDAs differs slightly from Windows VDAs. However, any Delivery Controller farm is able to broker both Windows and Linux desktops.

Supported host platforms and virtualization environments

  • XenServer
  • VMware ESX and ESXi
  • Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Nutanix AHV
  • Microsoft Azure Resource Manager
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Bare metal hosting is also supported.


See the vendor’s documentation for the list of supported platforms.

Active Directory integration packages

The Linux VDA supports the following Active Directory integration packages or products:

  • Samba Winbind
  • Quest Authentication Services v4.1 or later
  • Centrify DirectControl
  • SSSD


For the list of supported platforms, see the documentation from the vendors of the Active Directory integration packages.

HDX 3D Pro

The following hypervisors and NVIDIA GRID™ GPU are required to support HDX 3D Pro.


  • XenServer
  • VMware ESX and ESXi
  • Nutanix AHV


The hypervisors are compatible with certain Linux distributions.


The following GPUs are supported for GPU pass-through:

  • NVIDIA GRID™ 3.0 - Tesla M60
  • NVIDIA GRID™ - Tesla P40

The following GPUs are supported for vGPU:

  • NVIDIA GRID™ 3.0 - Tesla M60
  • NVIDIA GRID™ 3.0 - Tesla M10
  • NVIDIA GRID™ - Tesla P40