You can download and run a Horizon Client installer bundle from the VMware Downloads page. This installer contains modules for features such as USB redirection, virtual printing, Real-Time Audio-Video, smart card, and client drive redirection.

Note: On most Linux distributions, the Horizon Client installer bundle launches a GUI wizard. On SUSE Linux distributions, the bundle installer launches a command-line wizard. You can also run the installer with the --console option to launch the command-line wizard.


As part of the installation process, the installer runs a scan of the system libraries to determine whether the system is compatible with Horizon Client, although you can select to skip the scan.


  1. On the Linux client system, download the Horizon Client installer file from the Horizon Client Product Downloads page at
    The name of the file is VMware-Horizon-Client-x.x.x-yyyyyyy.arch.bundle, where x.x.x is the version number, yyyyyyy is the build number, and arch is either x86 or x64.
  2. Open a Terminal window, change directories to the directory that contains the installer file, and run the installer, using the appropriate command.
    Option Command
    For the GUI wizard, if you have set executable permissions
    sudo ./VMware-Horizon-Client-x.x.x-yyyyyyy.arch.bundle
    For the GUI wizard, if you have not set executable permissions
    sudo sh ./VMware-Horizon-Client-x.x.x-yyyyyyy.arch.bundle
    For the command-line installer
    sudo ./VMware-Horizon-Client-x.x.x-yyyyyyy.arch.bundle 
    The installer wizard appears, prompting you to accept the end user license agreement.
  3. Follow the prompts to finish the installation.
    Important: You are prompted to allow the installer to register and start installed services after the installation. Allowing the installer to complete these tasks means that you will not need to manually start USB redirection services every time you reboot, and you will not need to manually enable the virtual printing feature.
  4. After installation is complete, specify whether to perform the compatibility scan for libraries that various feature components are dependent on.
    The system scan displays a result value for each library compatibility.
    Result Value Description
    Success All needed libraries were found.
    Failed The specified library was not found.


Log information about the installation is recorded in /tmp/vmware-root/vmware-installer-pid.log.

What to do next

Start Horizon Client and verify that you can log in to the correct virtual desktop. See Connect to a Remote Desktop or Application.