XenApp and XenDesktop

Browser content redirection

Redirects the contents of a web browser to a client device, and creates a corresponding browser embedded within Citrix Workspace app. This feature offloads network usage, page processing, and graphics rendering to the endpoint. Doing so improves the user experience when browsing demanding webpages, especially webpages that incorporate HTML5 or WebRTC. Only the viewport (the user’s visible area of a webpage) is redirected to the endpoint. Browser content redirection doesn’t redirect the user interface (the address bar, toolbar, and so forth) of the browser on the VDA.

System Requirements

These requirements are specifically for the BCR.msi with XenApp and XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR CU5. Disregard any browser content redirection system requirements listed in any other versions of XenApp, XenDesktop, and Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops.

  • Version 7.15 LTSR CU5 or later on both the Delivery Controller and the VDA.
  • Citrix Workspace app for Windows 1809 or later.
  • Citrix Receiver for Linux 13.9.1 or later.
  • BCR.msi - available from the Citrix downloads page.
  • Chrome (with the browser content redirection extension installed from the Chrome Web Store) or Internet Explorer 11 (with the Browser Helper Object (BHO) Citrix HDXJsInjector enabled)


  1. Install or upgrade the VDA with Version 7.15 LTSR CU5 by using the command line /FEATURE_DISABLE_HTML5 option.

    Command line install VDA

    This option removes the HTML5 video redirection feature, which must be done before running the BCR.msi. BCR.msi adds the feature back during installation, and also adds the browser content redirection services. When this step is complete, open the services.msc console and verify that the Citrix HDX HTML5 Video Redirection Service is not listed.

  2. Start the browser content redirection installation with the BCR.msi. Depending on your system, the BCR.msi installs its files under:

    C:\Program Files\Citrix\ICAService


    C:\Program Files (x86)\Citrix\ICAService

    Because the installation is fast, the dialog box might close quickly. If that occurs, rerun services.msc and verify that these services were added.

    Verify services were added


You can control policies using the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE registries on the VDA or the HDX Browser Content Redirection Citrix administration template for the Group Policy Management Console.

You can download the template from the citrix.com download page under Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (XenApp & XenDesktop) > XenApp 7.15 LTSR / XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR > Components. Citrix Studio does not contain these policies.

Browser content redirection group policy template

For more policy information, see Browser content redirection policy settings. For troubleshooting information, see the Knowledge Center article, CTX230052.

Browser content redirection