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 Mavericks (10.9.x)

  • Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10.x)

  • Mac OS X El Capitan (10.11)

  • macOS Sierra (10.12)

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 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 does not work with Microsoft Remote Desktop 8.0 and later releases.

Smart cards

See Smart Card Authentication Requirements.