Product Documentation

About Citrix Receiver for Mac 12

Jun 21, 2016

Citrix Receiver for Mac provides users with self-service access to resources published on XenApp or XenDesktop servers. Receiver combines ease of deployment and use, and offers quick, secure access to hosted applications and desktops.

You can download the latest release from the Citrix Receiver for Mac download page.

What's new in 12.1

Smart card authentication to NetScaler Gateway

This feature enables Citrix Receiver to access apps and desktops through NetScaler Gateway using smart card authentication. See Requirements for smart card authentication for more information about this feature.

El Capitan support for split screen

In the previous release of Citrix Receiver for Mac (12.0), we introduced support for OS X El Capitan. In this release we include full support for El Capitan's split screen feature.

Auto-client reconnect and session reliability improvements

This improvements enable better interoperability with CloudBridge and NetScaler Gateway. A session can reconnect using auto-client reconnect and session reliability regardless of the connection path. The specific improvements for this release are as follows:

Improved connection messages tells your users that the state of their connection and informs them of when they've lost a connection and what do to.

A countdown timer (in minutes/seconds) now illustrates how long before a session times out. A session is terminated when the countdown timer expires. By default, the timeout value is set to 2 minutes. You can change the default value in the TransportReconnectMaxRetrySeconds ICA file setting.


This feature provides support for an additional session management setting in XenApp and XenDesktop, TransportReconnectRetryMaxTimeSeconds.

TransportReconnectDelay and TransportReconnectRetries are no longer used. For additional information, see Session Management.

Features introduced in 12.0

When used in conjunction with the centralized customization and branding capabilities of the StoreFront 3.0, users of this Receiver for Mac will receive a centrally managed app and desktop selection experience from StoreFront. This is the same consistent user experience that can be received by the Windows desktop Receivers and HTML5 and Chrome web Receivers when associated with the StoreFront 3.0.

Support for OS X El Capitan (10.11).

Session cookie support:  Citrix Receiver for Mac 12.0 supports web session cookies in order to use the new web API required for StoreFront 3.0 and to support load balancing.

Time zone enhancements: Citrix Receiver for Mac 12.0 has better accuracy detecting local and city time zones when used with XenApp Time Zone Redirection. For more information, see: Time zone control policy settings.