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Horizon Client 5.4 for Chrome | 17 March 2020

These release notes cover the following topics:

Key Features

VMware Horizon Client for Chrome makes it easy to access your remote desktops and published applications from your Chromebook with the best possible user experience on the Local Area Network (LAN) or across a Wide Area Network (WAN).

  • Work the way you want to - Use your Chromebook to work on your remote desktops and published applications from any location. Support for the VMware Blast display protocol from VMware means your remote desktop or published application is fast and responsive, regardless of where you are.
  • Simple connectivity - Horizon Client for Chrome is tightly integrated with VMware Horizon 7 for simple setup and connectivity. Open Chrome, enter a server URL, and log in to see a list of available remote desktops and published applications.
  • Secure from any location - At your desk or away from the office, your data is always secure. Enhanced certificate checking is performed on the client. Horizon Client for Chrome also supports optional RADIUS and RSA SecurID authentication.

What's New in This Release

  • Horizon Universal Broker support
    You can use Horizon Client for Chrome to access desktops from multi-cloud assignments in a cloud brokering environment. For more information, see About Horizon Universal Broker.
  • Use the Google Admin console to configure Horizon Client features
    You can now configure the Horizon Client data sharing feature, set the time zone for remote desktops and published applications, configure the screen resolution, and enable the Windows key for remote desktops by providing settings in a JSON file. For information, see Using the Google Admin Console to Configure Enrolled Chromebook Devices.
  • Two-factor authentication after remote session timeout
    Beginning with Horizon 7 version 7.12, an administrator can configure two-factor authentication to occur after a remote session times out. For more information, see the VMware Horizon Console Administration document.
  • Printing from a remote desktop or published application
    You can print to a network printer or a locally attached printer from a remote desktop or published application. To use this feature, Horizon Agent 7.12 or later must be installed on the virtual machine or RDS host, and the VMware Integrated Printing option must be enabled during the installation. For more information, see Printing From a Remote Desktop or Published Application.
  • Chrome OS 80 support
    You can install Horizon Client for Chrome on a Chromebook that is running Chrome OS 80.


The user interface and documentation for Horizon Client for Chrome are available in English, Japanese, French, German, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, and Spanish.

Before You Begin

  • Horizon Client for Chrome requires Chrome OS 75 or later.
  • Horizon Client for Chrome is supported with the latest maintenance release of Horizon 6 version 6.2.6 or Horizon 7 version 7.4 and later releases. To connect to a Horizon 7 version 7.4 server, you must register the Horizon Client for Chrome extension on the server. This change is not required for Horizon 6 version 6.2.6 or Horizon 7 version 7.5 and later servers.
  • Install and upgrade Horizon Client for Chrome just as you do any other Chrome app. You can get the latest version of the app from the Chrome Web Store.
  • For system requirements and installation instructions, see the VMware Horizon Client for Chrome Installation and Setup Guide document.

Known Issues

  • If you enter an incorrect PIN during smart card authentication, Charismathics does not present any direct feedback in the dialog box.

    Workaround: This problem is a third-party issue. For more information, go to

  • You might encounter the following problems after authenticating with a smart card:

    • If you enter an incorrect PIN, log off from the server, and then immediately log in to the server again, you are prompted for Active Directory authentication.
    • If you log off from a session and then log in to the server again, the server fails to authenticate with smart card authentication.
    • If your published application session is idle and times out, and you unplug and and then reinsert your smart card reader, you are not prompted for your PIN when you try to connect to a published application.

    Workaround: Log off or restart the Chromebook and log in with the smart card again.

  • H.264 decoding does not work in this release. The setting to enable H.264 decoding has been removed from the Horizon Client user interface.

    Workaround: None.