Product Documentation

System requirements

Feb 26, 2018

Linux distributions

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 7.3
    • Workstation 6.9
    • Workstation 6.8
    • Server 7.3
    • Server 6.9
    • Server 6.8
  • CentOS Linux
    • CentOS 7.3
    • CentOS 6.9
    • CentOS 6.8
  • Ubuntu Linux
    • Ubuntu Desktop 16.04 (with the 4.4.x kernel)
    • Ubuntu Server 16.04 (with the 4.4.x kernel)

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.


The Linux VDA is compatible with all currently supported versions of XenDesktop. For information about the XenDesktop 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.


The Linux VDA is incompatible with XenDesktop Version 7.0 or earlier.

Citrix Receiver

The following versions of Citrix Receiver are supported:

  • Citrix Receiver for Universal Windows Platform Version 1.0
  • Citrix Receiver for Windows Version 4.10
  • Citrix Receiver for Windows Version 4.9
  • Citrix Receiver for Linux Version 13.7 
  • Citrix Receiver for Mac OSX Version 12.7
  • Citrix Receiver for Android Version 3.13
  • Citrix Receiver for iOS Version 7.3
  • Citrix Receiver for Chrome Version 2.5
  • Citrix Receiver for HTML5 Version 2.5 (only through NetScaler Gateway)


The following hypervisors for hosting Linux VDA guest VMs are supported:

  • XenServer
  • VMware ESX and ESXi
  • Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Nutanix AHV

Bare metal hosting is also supported.


See the hypervisor 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

Note: 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