You can install Horizon Client for Mac OS X on all 64-bit Intel-based models that use the Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later operating system.

The Mac on which you install Horizon Client, and the peripherals it uses, must meet certain system requirements.


64-bit Intel-based Mac


At least 2GB of RAM

Operating systems

  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8)

  • Mac OS X Lion (10.7)

  • Mac OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.x)

  • Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9.x)

  • Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10.x)

  • Mac OS X El Capitan (10.11)

You must install Horizon Client on Mac OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) or later to use remote applications. Remote applications do not appear in Horizon Client if the client system is running an earlier version of OS X.


Horizon Client 3.4 and later releases are not supported on Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8) and Mac OS X Lion (10.7). Horizon Client 4.0 and later releases are also not supported on Mac OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.x).

Connection Server, Security Server, and View Agent or Horizon Agent

Latest maintenance release of View 5.3.x and later releases

If client systems connect from outside the corporate firewall, VMware recommends that you use a security server. With a security server, client systems will not require a VPN connection.

Remote applications are available on Horizon 6.0 with View and later servers.

Display protocol for View

  • PCoIP

  • RDP

  • VMware Blast (requires Horizon Client 4.0 or later and Horizon Agent 7.0 or later)

Software Requirements for RDP

Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac from Microsoft, versions 2.0 through 2.1.1. You can download this client from the Microsoft Web site.


Horizon Client for Mac OS X does not work with Microsoft Remote Desktop 8.0 and later releases.

Smart cards

See Smart Card Authentication Requirements.